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Prof Polina Bayvel
Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering
Faculty of Engineering
  • Professor of Optical Communications
  • Dept of Electronic & Electrical Eng
  • Faculty of Engineering Science
Research Groups
Teaching Summary
1994 - end2003: As a Royal Society URF teaching commitments were limited.  Within these restrictions I contributed at all levels of undergraduate, postgraduate and external teaching and supervision.  Critical has been in the integration of student projects within the optical communications and networks research stream, an area which I introduced and built up in the Department, creating a first academic system engineering group in this area.  This has resulted in excellent student projects with highly motivated and research focused students, leading to a string of student prizes and with many continuing in research, development or design in universities and industry. Most U/G or masters’ level projects (approximately 50 over the last 18 years) have produced output of publishable level.  This is the direct outcome of my approach to teaching.

Co-applicant on the successful EPSRC ‘Technologies for broadband communications’ - now renamed 'Wireless and Optical Communications' Masters Training Programme and was and continue to be actively involved in the development of its curriculum. One of the most successful teaching programmes in the Dept and an excellent feeder for PhD students.

With exception of two periods of maternity leave Oct 2005-Apr2006 and Mar2007-Aug 2007 and two periods of sabbatical leave: Oct2006-Feb 2007 and Oct 2007-Dec2007, as well as teaching relief due to RAE commitments during Jan2008-Dec2008 I have taught extensively at the undergraduate and graduate level, covering basic and specialist course material at every level, as well as serving as personal tutor. Specialist courses cover optical/digital communications & optoelectronics.

Current teaching (2012-13):
- 2nd year EEE course in Optoelectronics
- module coordinator & lecturer for the MEng/MSc/CDT module/MRes module 'OTN - Optical Transmission and Networks'

In addition, 2000- date:
- coordinator UCL EU ERASMUS/SOCRATES programme with all the collaborating universities in Europe - facilitating exchange of undergraduate students; Affiliate Tutor – the co-ordinator of all international exchanges (both outgoing and incoming) in the Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering.  During this period, the number of international exchanges increased significantly, enhancing the student experience for both UCL and incoming students. 
- departmental co-ordinator and interface with industry for student internship programme and graduate jobs, significantly increasing the number of student projects carried out in industry and industrial secondments.
- UCL coordinator for the  Rank Prize Funds Summer Scholarship programme (until 2007) in optoelectronics and optical networks, ensuring a highly successful seeding of optoelectronic and optical networks research interests at undergraduate level, with a string of prizes at national level and providing a cross-Faculty benefit (MAPS, FES, LCN) with a number of students continuing to PhDs at UCL.
- Coordinator of the Faculty of Engineering UROS programme - Undergraduate Research Opportunities Scheme, aimed at giving students an opportunity to experience research work in the Faculty's research laboratories (since 2010).
01-DEC-1993 – 30-NOV-2003 Royal Society University Research Fellowship Electronic & Electrical Engineering UCL, United Kingdom
Academic Background
1990 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Electronic and Electrical Engineering University College London
1986 BEng Bachelor of Engineering – Electronic and Electrical Engineering University College London
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