On graduating with a BEng in Engineering Geology & Geotechnics, Pauline worked for local engineering consultants Wardell Armstrong for 25 years. This included teaching FY GGE at Keele from September 2010 as an Sessional Tutor until she joined the FY full-time in September 2016. Pauline completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education Practice in 2023; she is a Fellow of the Geological Society, a Graduate Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers, and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Research and scholarship

Pauline has research interests in the engineering of rock salt/halite sequences and the legacy issues associated with their previous exploitation, along with geological aspects relating to development and ground engineering; she was retained as a Formation Expert for HS2 Birmingham to Manchester until the project's cancellation in 2023. Historical geography and industrial history, particularly associated with the extraction and processing of minerals, is both a professional and personal interest. Pauline is currently collaborating on embedding Carbon Literacy training and sustainability projects in the Foundation Year.


Foundations of Geography, Geology and the Environment
Practical and Academic skills in Science (GGE)
Foundations of Science for Sustainability
Advancing Geography, Geology and the Environment

Further information

Pauline acted as an Industry Supervisor for a Keele PhD candidate from 2015 - 2023 in relation to rock-salt/subsidence in Cheshire. This included a joint presentation to the North West Regional Group of the Geological Society in 2019, updating a talk previously given by Pauline in 2012.