Faculty of Science, Agriculture & Engineering

Staff Profile

Karen Allenby

Industrial Liaison Manager


Professional Background

I spent a number of years in Civil Engineering consultancy, both office and site based, specialising in the design and construction of coastal protection projects.

Following my teaching qualification, I worked in secondary science education (UK curriculum, Singapore) and as a high school academic coach (US curriculum, Dubai and UK).

Completion of my MSc at York University was followed by a period of research working within the Rolls-Royce funded University Technology Centre (UTC) in software requirements engineering for aero-engine control systems.

Current Responsibilities

I am part of a SAgE Faculty team working to support engagement with industry to enrich teaching, learning and the student experience. I work across Schools within the Faculty on initiatives that support:

  • Enhancing core knowledge
  • Developing generic & sector-specific graduate and professional skills
  • Improving employability
  • Raising awareness of career pathways and prospects
  • Exploring further study 

Key activities:

  • Industrial Advisory Panels 
  • Site visits
  • Together with Industry (seminar series)
  • Industrial student-facing events
  • Engineering placements (Short & long)
  • Careers Service liaison
  • Individual CV & Application support
  • Employer engagement 
  • Curriculum development projects


MEng Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Liverpool, 1991

PGCE, Newcastle University, 1997

MSc Information Processing (IT conversion course), University of York, 1999


NCL8007: Career Development for Masters Students (procurement and support for placements)

ICM0054: Year in Industry (module leader)