School of Engineering

Staff Profile

Dr Sue Haile

Senior Lecturer



Originally a zoologist, I have crossed the divide to engineering where I have in interest in all areas relating to sustainable engineering whilst maintaining research interests in ecology as well. I have wide experience of working with industry to show how it can improve its environmental performance whilst still maintaining a profitable company. My main role within the University is the teaching of Sustainability and  the supervision of postgraduate projects in industry,  but also the practical implementation of improved Environmental Management on campus.

Roles and Responsibilities

University Sustainability Advisor
DPD Director MSc Clean Technology
Senior Lecturer CEAM

Member of the University Environment and Sustainability Committee

Member  of the University Biodiversity Committee 


BSc (Hons) Zoology 2:2 (Dunelm), 1976

MSc Public Health Engineering (Newcastle), 1978

PhD Civil Engineering (Newcastle), 1983. Thesis: The Effect of Inert Suspended Solids on Stream Invertebrates

Previous Positions

1976-77 Research Assistant, Department of Biological Science, Durham University

1983-86 Ridley Post Doctoral Research Fellow, Department of Civil Engineering, Newcastle University.

Working on the treatment of coke oven effluent using activated carbon in partnership with British Steel.

1986-92 Research Associate and Senior Research Associate, Department of Civil Engineering, Newcastle University.

Assessing the environmental impact of Hydro-electric power releases from a Hydro-electric power station

1992-95 Lecturer in Chemical Engineering, Newcastle University.

Setting up short courses, teaching environmental aspects of Chemical Engineering to undergraduates and Course Director and principle lecturer for post graduate MSc in Clean Technology which I set up in 1993.


Energy Institute

Honours and Awards

Newcastle University Nominee for the UK National Teaching Fellowship Award 2003

Certification of Appreciation in recognition of efforts and excellence in teaching School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials 2004/5

Vice Chancellor's Distinguished Teacher Award 2011

Royal Academy of Engineering Exxonmobil Excellence in Teaching Award 2012  


French : Basic conversational
German : Limited

Informal Interests

Horse riding, (Dressage); Dogs; Gardening; Natural History


Undergraduate Teaching

CME1025 Principles of Sustainability  

CME2021 Risk and Risk Communication

BIO3031  Water Pollution and freshwater ecology 

 Postgraduate Teaching

CME8037 Sustainable Design and Manufacture  

CME8035 Life Cycle Assessment  

CME8038  Sustainability in Industry

CME8010 Pollution monitoring  

CME8001 Occupational and Environmental Monitoring

CME8012 Business and Environmental Management Systems  

CME8208  Environmental Management and Sustainability

CME8041 Clean Technology Applications 

CME8024 Environmental Auditing

CME8019 Energy Management  

CME 8021 Safety Risk and Environment in the pipeline industry  





Supervised over 300 MSc Clean Technology Research projects mostly industry based .

 typically projects are on Waste and Energy minimisation, Clean Design, Carbon management, Environmental Management systems   


·        Impacts of effects of Kielder Reservoir on Ecology of River N Tyne (Funded by  Northumbrian Water, NRA, and CEGB) Sole investigator,  1986-1993


·        Assessment of acidification in the Kielder catchment (for Forest Enterprise, UK), Sole investigator,  1989-92


·         Impacts of effects of reservoir draw-down on ecology of man- made lakes (Funded by Northumberland Water) Sole investigator, 1993-96


·        Environmental Training needs analysis for Small and Medium sized businesses (funded by European Social Fund), Principle investigator, 1998-00, value £50,000 


·        Assessment of phosphate activity in cyanophytes (EPSRC) PhD studentship 1998-01


·         EPSRC Masters Training Package support for MSc Clean Technology, 1999-2004,


  • Development of Case studies in Sustainable Engineering VP scheme, (Royal Academy of Engineering) , Co-investigator  with Dr P Norman, 1998 – 03,


Successful Supervision of 2 PhD students