Judith’s focus is the design, development and delivery of highly customised professional development programmes for corporate clients using the extensive expertise available at IfM. She led the design, development and delivery of the Atos programme that won the prestigious 2018 EFMD Excellence in Practice Silver Award in the “Professional Development” category for the Learning and Development partnership with Atos and Paderborn University.

Judith has recently completed a PhD (part-time) focusing on Professional Skills Development during the IfM ISMM Masters programme here at Cambridge University. Applying an Engaged Scholarship approach this work resulted in a skills development model and a method for describing skills that supports teaching, learning and communication across organisational and stakeholder boundaries. Her research interests in skills and education are being continued through her role as coordinator of Manufacturing Industry Education Research Group.


Prior to joining IfM Education and Consultancy Services (IfM ECS) in September 2012 Judith undertook a mix of teaching, training and research roles at IfM in the fields of Technology and Innovation Management and Transferrable Skills. Before joining IfM, she was the Course Director of the MSc in Science Entrepreneurship at Cass Business School. Before this, Judith worked at the Manchester Science Enterprise Centre developing and delivering innovative Enterprise programmes at both postgraduate and undergraduate levels.

Judith also has 14 years industrial experience in a major UK science and engineering company where she held a variety of roles including Manufacturing Management, Engineering Design and Project Management, Strategic Corporate Planning, Business Development and Human Resources Training and Development. She has B.Eng. from Bristol University and an MBA from Manchester Business School.


Academic Interests

  • Design, delivery and assessment of learning experiences that promote learning and deliver impact.
  • Skills for industry and business and their development – particularly via projects and placement.
  • Post Bachelor’s Degree Engineering Education - accredited and non-accredited



  • Shawcross, J. K. 2018. PhD Thesis Manufacturing Excellent Engineers,
  • Shawcross, J. K. & Ridgman, T. W. 2018. Describing 'generic' graduate engineer skills, SEFI 2018. Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • Shawcross, J. K. & Ridgman, T. W. 2018. Towards a skills development theory. SEFI 2018. Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • Shawcross, J. K. & Ridgman, T. W. 2017. Designing Research for Theory and Practice, European Journal of Engineering Education. DOI:10.1080/03043797.2017.1405239 View here
  • Shawcross, J. K. & Ridgman, T. W. 2015. Designing Research for Theory and Practice, REES 2015. Dublin.
  • Shawcross, J.K. & Ridgman, T.W. 2014. Short Industrial Placements - developing an activity based framework to support teaching and learning. Higher Education, Skills and Work-Based Learning,  Vol 4, Issue 3
  • Shawcross, J.K. & Ridgman, T.W. 2014. Completing the SIP activity framework – what through placement activities should they, and do they, do? SEFI 2014. Birmingham, UK.
  • Shawcross, J.K. and Ridgman, T.W. (2013) Publishing Engineering Education Research, Higher Education Academy. View here.
  • Shawcross, J.K. and Ridgman, T.W. (2013) Two week, industrial placements for Masters students - What do they, and should they, do? SEFI 41st Annual Conference: Leuven, Belgium. The activity framework referred to in the paper above can be found here.
  • Shawcross, J.K. and Ridgman, T.W. (2013) Manufacturing Excellent Engineers; skill development in a Masters programme, Engineering Education: a Journal of the Higher Education Academy, Volume 7, Issue 2. View here.
  • Shawcross, J.K. and Ridgman, T.W. (2012) Towards a skills development framework, SRHE Conference. View here.
  • Shawcross, J. (2012) Manufacturing Excellent Engineers: Skill Development in a Masters Programme. EE2012 Innovation, Practice and Research in Engineering Education. View here.
  • Shawcross, J. (2010) Developing competences to take emerging technologies to market – an exploratory study. 
  • Mortara, L., J. Shawcross, J.Mills, J.J.Napp and T Minshall (2009), Skills for open innovation. RADMA. Vienna

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