UCL Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Prof John Mitchell

Prof John Mitchell

Professor of Communication Systems Engineering

Dept of Electronic & Electrical Eng

Faculty of Engineering Science

Joined UCL
1st Sep 2000

Research summary

Research areas of interest include:

  • Radio-over-fibre systems for future mobile communications systems and fixed wireless access network platforms.
  • Next generation optical access networks, including WDM and Long Reach PON.
  • Wireless Sensor network hardware, physical layer and MAC layer issues.
  • Noise and interference effects in high capacity WDM optical networks

Teaching summary

  • Director of the Integrated Engineering Programme (from March 2012- May 2016)
  • Member of UCL Education Committee 2010-2016
  • UCL Teaching and Learning Support Sub-committee 2009-2010

  • Vice-Provost (Education)’s Task force on Innovation in Teaching and Learning 2012-2015
  • Learning and Teaching Information Services Governance Group 2012- 2016
  • Member of the UCL Internal Quality Review (IQR) team
  • Chair of the Online Media Project Board, 2009- 2017
  • Winner of the 2010 Provost's Teaching Award
  • HEA Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE)

  • Postgraduate Tutor (Taught)
  • Director of the Communications for Industry Programme.

Previous and Current Teaching


  • ELEC1011 Paper 7 / ELEC1009 Communications Systems I (First year)
  • ELEC3001 Communications Systems II (3rd Year)
  • ELEC0002 Introduction to Electronic and Electrical Engineering (First year - Signals and Systems part).
  • ELEC0006 Signals and Systems (1st Year)

  • ELEC0017 Introduction to Connected Systems (2nd Year - Minor)
  • ELEC0032 Networking Systems (3rd Year - Minor)
  • ELEC0033 Internet of Things (3rd Year - Minor)
  • ENGF0014 Engineering Thinking (1st Year Option - BASc)


  • Introduction to Telecommunication Networks (ITN)
  • Broadband Technologies and Components (BTC)- Module Owner
  • Communications Systems Modelling (CSM)
  • Mobile Communications Systems (MCS)
  • Next Generation Networks (NGN) - Module Owner
  • Network Planning and Performance (NPP)


Other Postgraduate qualification (including professional), ATQ03 - Recognised by the HEA as a Fellow |
Other Postgraduate qualification (including professional), ATQ09 - Other UK accreditation or qualification in teaching in the higher education sector |
Institute of Education
Other higher degree, Master of Arts | 2016
Institution of Electrical Engineers
First Degree, Chartered Engineer | 2005
University College London
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2000
University College London
First Degree, Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) | 1996


John Mitchell received the B.Eng. and Ph.D. degrees in Electronic and Electrical Engineering from UCL (University College London), UK in 1996 and 2000, respectively. In 1999 he became a research fellow in the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at UCL, becoming a Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in Telecommunications in September 2000 and 2006 respectively. In 2015 he was promoted to Professor of Communications Systems Engineering. He currently holds the role of Vice-Dean Education in the Faculty of Engineering Sciences, UCL. In 2016 he received an MA in Teaching and Learning in Higher and Professional Education from the UCL Institute of Education.

Between 2003 and 2007 he was involved in a IET and HEFCE funded project to introduce Problem Based Learning into the Electronic Engineering Curriculum. Since he has led a group within the department that has introduced Scenario Based Learning into the 1st and 2nd years of the programme. He also been involved in the UCL LectureCast project to introduce a UCL wide lecture capture system and is Chair of the UCL Online-Media Board. In 2010 in received the UCL Provost's Teaching Award. 

From March 2012 until May 2016 he was seconded from the Department to the Engineering Faculty Office to take the post of Director the Integrated Engineering Programme (IEP). The IEP is a curriculum development project which aimed to develop a common structure for Undergraduate teaching across the faculty. The team that led this major revision of the curriculum across the engineering faculty has recently been awarded the HEA Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE).

His research interests include optical access technologies, the transport of microwave and millimetre wave radio signals over optical fibre for communications, and wireless sensor networks. Professor Mitchell is a Fellow of the Institute of  Engineers and Technology (IET) and a Senior Member of the  IEEE and Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He is a Member of the Board of Directors of the European Society for Engineering Education (SEFI). He is currently Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Education.