Centre for Synthetic Biology and the Bioeconomy

Staff Profile

Professor Jarka Glassey

Prof of Chemical Engineering Education


I am a Professor of Chemical Engineering Education in the School of Engineering at Newcastle University. 

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Vice President Learned Society of IChemE
  • Executive Vice President of the European Society of Biochemical Engineering Sciences 
  • Vice chair of the M3C Section of ESBES
  • UK representative of Working party on Education, EFCE
  • IChemE Trustee
  • Experienced Executive Member of the Education and Accreditation Forum of IChemE with responsibility for Educational Development.
  • Editor in Chief, Education for Chemical Engineers
  • Editor Journal of Applied Microbiology/Letters of Applied Microbiology

Area of expertise

  • Bioprocess development
  • Modelling (first principles, multivariate data analysis and hybrid modelling) 
  • Bioprocess optmisation
  • Quality by design (QbD)
  • Process analytical technologies (PAT)
  • Chemical engineering education
  • Immersive technologies (VR, AR, games, etc) in chemical engineering education
  • Active learning
  • Peer assisted learning 
  • Employability competencies 


  • Ing (1990) STU, Bratislava, Slovakia (equiv. to MEng Hons)
  • PhD (1995) University of Newcastle upon Tyne


  • 1994 IChemE
  • 2006 MSfAM
  • 2010 CEng

Honours and Awards

  • 2013 National Teaching Fellow
  • 2010 VC Distinguished Teacher Award
  • 2010 ExxonMobil Teaching Excellence Award
  • 2010 Fellow IChemE
  • 2014 Principal Fellow HEA


  • Slovak - native
  • Czech - native
  • Hungarian, Russian - fluent


Undergraduate Teaching

Biotechnology, Biochemical Engineering, Bioreactor Engineering, Design Project, Research project

Postgraduate Teaching

Control and Modelling of Bioprocesses