School of Engineering

Staff Profile

Professor Rick Brassington

Visiting Professor of Hydrogeology



I worked as a hydrogeologist in the public sector water industry from 1967 to 1991 when I moved into consultancy and have had my own independent consultancy since 1998. I also taught hydrogeology at post-graduate level at UEA from 1992 to 1999 and Manchester from 1998 to 2004.

Roles and Responsibilities

Visiting Professor making an input to the Applied Hydrogeology teaching and research projects.I am also developing the GEOMETRY borehole array at Cockle Park with colleagues from the School.


MSc Civil Engineering, University of Birmingham, 1974
BSc Geology, University of Liverpool, 1967
Fellow of the Geological Society (since 1968)
Chartered Geologist, 1990
Fellow of the Institution of Geologists (from1985 (Member, 1978)
Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management, (since 1989)
Chartered Civil Engineer & Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers (since 1990)
European Engineer, 1992
European Geologist, 1996

Previous Positions

Principal, Rick Brassington - Consultant Hydrogeologist, Warrington 1998 to date
Technical Director and Head of Hydrogeology, Stanger Science & Environment 1997/1998
Head of Consultancy, Southern Science Ltd 1996/1997
Northern Regional Director, Southern Science Ltd 1993/1996
Managing Director, Hydrotechnica Ltd, Shrewsbury 1991/1992
Regional Water Resources Manager, National Rivers Authority - North West Region, 1988/1991
Hydrogeological Services Manager, North West Water, Warrington 1986/1988
Principal Hydrogeologist North West Water, Warrington 1976/1986


Geological Society
Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management,
Institution of Civil Engineers
International Association of Hydrogeologists

Honours and Awards

Whitaker Medal 2019 (Hydrogeological Group, Geological Society)

Geological Society North West Regional Group – Anniversary Presentation, 2002
Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management - Publication Award, 1989
Aberconway Medal (Institution of Geologists), 1987
Founding Fellow Institution of Geologists, 1985


Research Interests

I am interested in most aspects of applied hydrogeology particularly in relation to groundwater resources development and protection. I am currently researching aspects of the Derbyshire thermal groundwater system and yield losses in abstraction wells.

I am heavily involved in the continuing development of the School’s GEOMETRY (Groundwater Engineering Operations Monitoring Evaluation & Testing Laboratory) water well research facility based on the University’s farm at Cockle Park near Morpeth The GEOMETRY group of boreholes focuses on hydrogeological field measurements and data interpretation. It is designed both as a research facility into the use of borehole tests to define the physical parameters of aquifers and on borehole operation and management and to provide a realistic environment for teaching a wide range of borehole-based hydrogeological field tests for the Applied Hydrogeology MSc and diploma courses.

Other Expertise

I have first hand experience of working as a consultant in the commercial sector over the past 20 years.

Esteem Indicators

External examiner PhD Manchester University 2001
External examiner PhD Newcastle University 1996
External examiner PhD Birmingham University 1986
External examiner Lancaster University MSc by research 1979,1982,1984
Vice President Geological Society 1993/1994 and 1994/1995
Chairman Geological Society Governance Working Group 1995/1996
Chairman Geological Society Organization Review Working Group 1994
Chairman of CIWEM Editorial Panel 1992-1994