Colin Bailey joined the University of Manchester in 2002, as Professor of Structural Engineering. He previously worked for the design consultants Lovell Construction, Cameron Taylor Bedford, and Clarke Nicholls Marcel, where he designed and supervised the construction of a number of concrete, steel and masonry structures. He has also worked for The Steel Construction Institute (SCI) and The Building Research Establishment (BRE), where his practical and research experience resulted in significant developments in structural engineering design. His main specialties are fire safety engineering of structures, membrane action, wind loading, and steel-concrete composite systems. He is author of over 100 research papers and practical design guides. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng), a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (FICE), a Fellow of the Institution of Structural Engineers (FIStructE), and a member of the Institution of Fire Engineers (MIFireE).
Colin has established a pre-eminent global position in the field of structural fire engineering and has been the lead expert in reviewing the structural fire design on a number of iconic buildings in London, including The Shard, The Pinnacle, Heron Tower and Leadenall. He has also been an expert involved in explaining the collapse of the World Trade Centre 7 Building in 2001, following the terrorist attack.
Colin was Head of the Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering School from September 2007 and in May 2009 he took up the position of Vice President and Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences. As Dean, Colin is responsible for the strategic leadership and operational management of the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, with an income of over 207m, over 10,000 students and over 1,900 academic and support staff. This involves developing strategic leadership in research, higher learning and social responsibility, whilst ensuring that operational processes are efficient and effective. He has been responsible for turning an operating deficit of 14.6m into a 6.9m surplus within his first 2 years, which has risen to a steady state operating surplus of over 10m, whilst providing leadership to increase the quality of engineering and science across the board. In his role as Vice-President, Colin contributes to the strategic direction and operation of the University as a whole to ensure that the University reaches its mission of becoming one of the leading universities in the world whilst maintaining its distinctiveness.
Colin graduated from the University Sheffield with a First Class degree in Civil and Structural Engineering. He was also awarded a PhD in Civil Engineering and Structural Engineering, from the University of Sheffield, following his studies into the behaviour of buildings subjected to fire conditions. He has been awarded 8 prizes for his research work.