Philip Tranter

Senior Lecturer

School of Engineering

Computing and Technology Building, CM128

+44 (0) 1772 89 3260

Subject Areas: Electronic and Computer Engineering

John's main area of interest is the application of new technologies to the field of robotics and automation. He is currently exploring the potential of ’Gaming Technology’ (Wii, Kinect, etc.) for alternative uses, especially in robotics, and he also has an interest in the application of these technologies to advanced manufacturing processes. His teaching duties include robotics, electronics, software and electronic design. He is responsible for liaison with UCLan's overseas engineering academic partners. John is research active within the area of digital engineering and is a member of the Advanced Digital Manufacturing Technology Research Centre.

Full Profile

The field of engineering and technology moves rapidly, so John continues to keep up to date with new technologies by reading technology journals, websites and other media.

MSc Instrument Technology, Loughborough University, 1977
BSc (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Loughborough University, 1976
PGCE Loughborough University, 1979


Tranter, JP et al. "Employability and Enterprise in the Curriculum: Ongoing Developments", Belfast ICEE Conference, August 2011

Tranter, JP et al. "Factories of the Future", Belfast , ICEE Conference, August 2011



John recently developed the Robotics undergraduate course here at UCLan. There is a strong emphasis on software in robotics, and it has been pleasing to see how well the students have taken to applying their software skills to practical applications involving interfacing, communications and control.

The opportunity to develop 'things that move' has been a great motivator for the students. John takes a keen interest in the kind of skills required by industry, acting as Industrial Liaison for UCLan's industrial placement students.

External Activities

John works as an Associate Lecturer for the Open University. He has been in teaching for most of my career, often combined with some form of consultancy in technical authorship, electronic design or software.

John is responsible for liaison and course development with UCLan's overseas engineering academic partners.


Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)


Robotics and Autonomous Systems


International Conference on Engineering Education, Belfast August 2011

International Manufacturing Conference IMC29, University of Ulster, August 2012