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Joanne Orlick

Lecturer of Aerospace Engineering
School of Engineering

Joanne Orlick has lectured in FE and HE for more than 20 years, delivering mechanical and aerospace engineering subjects to technical apprentices from the UK’s leading companies, including Gatwick Airport, Rolls Royce, Safran, Science in Sport, BAE Systems and many others. An avid writer, Joanne has published four fictional books on the theme of metaphysics and personal potential, two of which regularly chart in the Top 10 of their respective genres in both the USA and UK.

Joanne teaches a range of undergraduate aerospace modules, as well as school-wide engineering mathematics. She sets and supervises final-year undergraduate projects (covering topics related to Space, Disruptive Engineering, Biomimicry, Fashion & Aerospace, Industrial Hemp); as well as acting as an Academic Advisor to students throughout the school. She is actively involved in Creativity, Innovation and Enterprise activities, her goal being to promote and develop holistic mind-sets, abilities and real-world opportunities within the engineering curriculum. Joanne is a member of the School of Engineering's Teaching and Learning Strategy Group.

A graduate of Aerospace Manufacture Engineering, Joanne’s focus has always been in education and training. As part of her degree, she benefited from a sandwich-placement at the Technical Training School, Aer Lingus, where she developed computer-based training aids for the airports’ maintenance apprentices. On completion of her degree, she moved to Brighton and gained a PGCE in Design and Technology (11-18), after which she secured a lecturing position at Crawley College, the go-to training provider for Gatwick Airport’s maintenance apprentices. Two years later she headed off a county-wide up-skilling training initiative in her role as Technical Training Manager for Southern Water Services, this being a major training project involving over 100 technical staff and the securing of third-party training providers. On-the-job training, apprentice mentoring, and on-site NVQ assessment (Mechanical Maintenance) formed part of this role. When this fixed-term contract ended, Joanne moved back to the North West of England, taking up a position at Nelson and Colne College and delivering a range of engineering modules to Higher Apprentices from the surrounding companies. During this time, she developed a fascination with metaphysics and the science of beliefs, personally researching and conducting case studies into various theories, eventually documenting her findings via fictional writing, something she continues to do. A passionate music fan she has taken an active role in the music industry, from coordinating industry seminar’s to branding and PR, and showcasing record label repertoire in Tokyo as part of the BPI’s (British Phonographic Institute) trade mission to Japan. During this time she won two business awards as well as being chosen as the face of Business Link Northwest (Creative). In 2010 she began teaching at UCLan’s Burnley Campus, delivering a range of modules to Higher Level Apprentices (HNC, Foundation Degree) employed by SME's and multinational companies in the region. Her attitude is one of lifelong learning and continual development, with innovation, creativity and entrepreneurialism at the heart of her approach to her professional and personal life. Joanne joined UCLan in Preston in September 2017.

  • D34 Internal Verifier Awards, Crawley College, 1997
  • D32, 33 Assessor Awards, Crawley College, 1996
  • Qualified Teacher Status (Secondary): PGCE Design and Technology, Resistant Materials, Brighton University, 1995
  • B.Eng (Hons) Aerospace Manufacture Engineering, University in the West of England, 1994