UCL Department of Chemical Engineering


Isobel Mackay

Lecturer (Teaching), Departmental Tutor

Isobel Mackay


Isobel (Izzy) has been a Teaching Lecturer in Renewable Energy as part of the MSc Global Management of Natural Resources since July 2019. Prior to joining UCL she received her PhD from Imperial College London, in the field of Mineral Processing, where she was investigating how to improve the efficiency and therefore sustainability of Froth Flotation.

Teaching Summary 

My teaching expertise can be divided into two sections. Firstly the sustainability of the mining sector, in particular the relationship between the resources sector and renewable energies. Here I am passionate about educating students on the vital importance of mining in a future sustainable society as we drastically increase the demand for critical minerals. Secondly using engaging approaches to teach students research and professional skills. I am module coordinator for CENG0059: Renewable Energy and the Resources Sector and CENG0037: MSc Dissertation. I also support the teaching delivery on CENG0035: Minerals Processing and Extractive Metallurgy and CENG0044: Research Skills

Research Summary

My research has historically been related to efficiencies in froth flotation, with a particular focus on reprocessing material from tailings dams. Since joining UCL my focus has changed to more pedagogic research where I am particularly interested in investigating improved ways of teaching professional skills to MSc engineering students.



Faculty of Engineering Sciences Education award for Assessment and Feedback as a teaching team for CENG0044



PhD Minerals Processing, Imperial College London, UK


MSci Geophysics, Imperial College London, UK

Professional Affiliations  

  • FHEA – member of HEA