Born and educated in Glasgow, Ronald McCaffer studied Civil Engineering at Strathclyde University, graduating in 1965 with a BSc in Civil Engineering.

  • Awarded PhD in 1977 from Loughborough University and DSc in 1998 from University of Strathclyde
  • Elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 1991
  • Elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2009
  • Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Chartered Institute of Building
  • Industry experience with Babtie, Shaw and Morton; the Nuclear Power Group at Hinkley Point 'B' nuclear power station; and Taylor Woodrow Construction Ltd before taking up an academic career at Loughborough University



  • Extensive teaching experience at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels in construction subjects
  • External examining experience in the UK and internationally



  • Research work funded by EPSRC, Industry, Government departments and the EU in construction management in and the use of ICT in construction
  • Contributions to the national and international research agenda include membership of EPSRC's Technical Opportunities Panel, chair of EPSRC reviews, membership of Research Assessment Panels for the UK and for Hong Kong's University Grants Committee
  • Publishing history includes books, journal articles and conference papers


Consultancy and Representative Work

Consultancy, representative, committee work and other duties regularly undertaken for EPSRC, Professional institutions, Government departments, Industry and other Universities.



  • International experience includes development of research and teaching programmes, assessment of research, co-operative research work, and external examining in 10 non-European countries as well as extensively in Europe


Management Executive and Company Directorships

  • Senior Management at Loughborough University includes six years as Head of Department, five years as Dean of Engineering, five years as Deputy Vice-Chancellor and four years as Director of Strategic Business Partnerships, Innovation and Knowledge Transfer (dealing with intellectual property licensing, spin-out companies, an incubation centre and strategic partnerships)
  • Experience has included Chairman of three companies and director of another four