Mohamed Amish
Title: Dr
First Name: Mohamed
Surname: Amish
Position: Programme Leader - Oil & Gas Engineering
Telephone: +44 (0)1224 262329

My long standing teaching, leadership, professional practice and recognition are all based on thirty-five years’ involvement with the Oil and Gas industry. This comprises of seventeen years of professional academic teaching with School of Engineering, RGU and eighteen years of varied oil field experience at a senior level of Operational Superintendent in Drilling and Petroleum Engineering. I have integrated my professional industry practice with academic experience and made exceptional and sustained contributions to the School of Engineering and University’s objectives in UK and globally including innovation and enhancement of teaching and learning excellence and generating a substantial level of income as well as achieved awards and recognised by clients and students on these programmes for their success.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Oil and Gas Engineering Programme Leader
  • Development Leader for a variety of Oil and Gas Corporate Programmes for the energy industry in the UK and overseas for several years.
  • Negotiated partnership agreement with clients, contributed to the RGU winning further corporate contracts and developed the best sustainable learning and practical strategy for the major oil companies and promote the UK education system abroad.

Academic Background

Work-based learning has increasingly become an area of interest for the higher education sector and it is a significant element of continuing professional development and lifelong learning. Over the last 10 years, I have used and integrated my professional practice and knowledge of the energy sector with academic experience to develop sustainable and distinctive partnership corporate courses (work-based and placement learning framework) to a number of key strategic programmes for RGU such as Shell (EPE), Sonatrach Algeria, PDVSA Venezuela and BP in line with the strategic directions of RGU.

Major Oil Company Work-Based learning Corporate Programme Development Leader

Sonatrach Corporate Programme Development Leader:

Work-Based Learning - MSc courses combined with oil field applications.

  • Extended MSc Drilling and Well Engineering (Rig Supervisors Programme)
  • Extended MSc Reservoir Engineering
  • MSc Industry Corporate Research

Shell (EPE) Corporate Programme Development Leader:

  • MSc Well Design and Engineering
  • MSc Completion and Well Intervention Engineering
  • MSc Industry Corporate Research
  • Engineering Research Doctorate (EngD)

Led on Development Oil and Gas Engineering Programmes and Leadership (work-based and placement learning framework):

Full time, distance learning and blended learning partnership between RGU, the oil and gas industry and international organisations (i.e. Algerian Petroleum Institute, Sonatrach and Shell EPE) which has successfully resulted in partnership commercial business worth £14M over the last ten years.

UG, PG and EngD courses:

  • MSc Oil and Gas Engineering
  • MSc Offshore Oil and Gas Engineering
  • MSc Petroleum Engineering
  • BSc Well Services Engineering
  • MSc Well Design and Engineering
  • MSc Completion and Well Intervention Engineering
  • MSc Reservoir Engineering
  • MSc Drilling and Well Engineering
  • Work placement MSc projects
  • Engineering Research Doctorate, EngD

Professional Training Development and Leadership

  • Familiarization Oil and Gas Field Training Package (14 courses)
  • Work Placement Learning Activities
  • Petroleum Engineering courses (12 courses in progress)

Quality enhancement and Accreditation

  • Developed MSc Engineering Research Project Handbook and
  • Programmes and Academic Quality Handbook
  • QA reviewer for several external organisations in UK and abroad. Also acted as QA reviewer External Expert Panel member: Re-Approval event for the Masters Programmes Framework Review of the School of Science and Engineering at University in UK
  • 2006-till date: Experience of programmes Accreditation by professional Institute, for example, in 2016, I supported the School Pg course leaders and reviewed the teaching and learning section through modules outcomes mapping against EI metrics for 9 MSc courses in full time, ODL and blended learning modes of delivery.

Leadership Administration duties:

  • Member of School Academic Board
  • Member of Assessment Committee and Assessment Board
  • Member of the Postgraduate Programmes Management Team
  • Member of School Marketing Team Committee
  • Member of Staff Student Liaison Meetings
  • Member of Steering Committees Group
  • Internal Examiner and PhD External Examiner
  • Internal Moderator UG and PG modules
  • PG modules coordinator, SoE
  • PG module coordinator, School of Computing
  • Project supervision (BEng, Meng and MSc)
  • MSc project coordinator
  • PhD External Examiner

Research Interests

Mohamed’s research activity covers a variety of areas within the oil and gas industry with particular focus on drilling optimisation and formation damage.

Current Research

  • “Oil companies work with universities to address skills challenge”, programme expanding horizons with the SCQF conference, Edinburgh and Oil & Gas Academy for Scotland SCQF conference.
  • “Emulsifiers optimisation, selection and applications”, research centre, PDVSA, Venezuela.
  • “Working with Libya: Education opportunities in a new era”, the event was attended by representatives from the Libyan Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, the British Council, UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) and around 100 representatives from UK Universities and training providers, London.
  • “Well Productivity Optimisation” Petroleum Institute Research Centre, Libya.

Professional Memberships

FEI (Fellow of the Energy Institute)

External / Professional Roles

  • Petroleum Engineering Programme External Examiner, University in UK
  • QA Reviewer
  • Editorial Board Member of International Journal
  • PhD External Examiner


  • Engineering Models of Work-Based Learning, RGU Learning without Borders, May 2019.
  • Engineering the Education: Developing a triple Laboratory access approach (hands-on, virtual and remote), RGU Learning without Borders, May 2019.
  • “Development of a New Technique for Emulsifiers Optimisation to Minimise Formation Damage”, Algeria.
  • “Field Applications of a Productivity Tool for Improved Oil Recovery (IOR)”, Second International Symposium on Improved Oil Recovery Conference & Exhibition, Libya.
  • “Mechanisms of Formation Damage under Downhole Conditions”, Ninth Mediterranean Petroleum Conference & Exhibition, Libya.
  • ” Characterisation of Drilling Fluid Filtration under Downhole Conditions”, Ninth Mediterranean Petroleum Conference & Exhibition, Libya.
  •  “A Productivity Tool for Impact of Filtration on Well Performance in an HP-HT Environment”, SPE/IADC Middle East Drilling Technology Conference & Exhibition, Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Media Coverage

Shell, PDVSA, Sonatrach, Algerian Petroleum Institute, the Energy Institute and Global Education and Training Energy (Getenergy) networks has got many newspaper coverages and through that RGU name has spread widely and enhanced student recruitment, industry collaboration and graduate employability.

2015, 2016 & 2018:  Led and supported students to win Energy Institute competition first prize. This is the fourth year running that the RGU School of Engineering has won the first prize of The Energy Institute MSc Student Best Project competition, which reflects the strength of staff and support the student journey from the application to graduation, high standards of energy courses and the high-quality students we attract.  I am extremely delighted by the significant achievements of our graduates and I am very pleased and proud of women engineers awarded distinctions in the oil and gas courses at RGU and also winning prizes in these prestigious competitions:

2019 "Support Teaching Appreciation and Recognition" STAR Awards

RGU students win Energy Institute competition - 2018

RGU students win Energy Institute competition - 2016

RGU students win Energy Institute competition - 2015

2009 & 2015:  Getenergy Awards, London:

Getenergy special commendation award for RGU

2011 "I Love My Lecturer" RGU-student-led teaching awards

2011, 2013 & 2015 Reservoir Engineering Award & Drilling and Well Engineering Award (Sonatrach, Algerian Petroleum Institute and students):

RGU celebrates graduation success in Algeria

Awards come in threes for Dr Amish