Dr Frances Hill

Dr Francis Hill

Senior Lecturer

Tutor and Dissertation Supervisor


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Frances Hill is a lecturer/tutor on the MSc Sustainability & Adaptation on-site course. With a background in physics, she lectures on heat transfers in buildings; heating, cooling and ventilation, and lighting, and runs practicals on solar water heating, carbon calculators, and energy modelling.

Frances holds a PhD in Environmental Engineering at Manchester University. Her research focused on how energy is used in a supermarket as a building, and at how Building Regulations could be changed to reduce this level of use. Alongside this she has been involved in projects looking at how engineers learn, with particular focus on Problem Based Learning.


PhD Environmental Engineering, Manchester University

MSc Architecture: Advanced Environmental and Energy Studies, University of East London

Teaching activities

Seminar and practical studies tutor
Thesis supervisor

Research Interests

Energy use reduction for new build commercial buildings

Modelling to assess impacts of previously unexamined variables


Maximising energy savings from domestic microgeneration: a cultural and behavioural analysis; 2009 Bergman et al, Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford

Micro-generation from renewable and other sources; Staffell et al, 2009, UKERC

Towards a zero energy store – a scoping study (ZEST), Hill, Courtney, Levermore, 2010, Sustainable Consumption Institute, University of Manchester, UK

Consumer Impacts on Dividends from Solar Water Heating, Hill, Levermore, Lynch, Energy Efficiency 2011 4:1-8, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/s12053-010-9086-2

Identification of changes needed in supermarket design for energy demand, Hill, Edwards, Levermore, International Conference for Enhanced Building Operation, Manchester, October 2012

Process energy in supermarket design compliance: modelling stratification to interrogate the Gap, Hill, Edwards, Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers Technical Symposium, Liverpool, 11-12 April 2013

2013, Embedding Employability: Does it work?, Hill, Tomkinson, Hiley, Educational Developments, 14.2, June 2013, SEDA, London

Influence of display cabinet cooling on performance of supermarket buildings, Hill, Edwards, Levermore, Building Services Engineering Research and Technology, 2014 vol. 35 no. 2 170-181 DOI: 0143624413478955

Developing figures for 'gain' in relation to refrigerated cabinets in a supermarket building, Hill, Watkins, Edwards, Building Services Engineering Research and Technology, 2014 vol. 35 no. 5 465-474 DOI: 0143624413510165

Learning style preferences: an examination of differences amongst students with different disciplinary backgrounds, Hill, Tomkinson, Hiley, Innovations in Education, Taylor and Francis 2016, 53:2 https://doi.org/10.1080/14703297.2014.961504

The impacts of climate change on UK energy demand, Wood FR, Calverley D, Glynn S, Mander S, Walsh C, Kuriakose J, Hill F, Roeder M, Infrastructure Asset Management Volume 2 Issue 3, 2015, pp. 107-119 ISSN 2053-0242 | E-ISSN 2053-0250