School of Aviation & Security

The School of Aviation and Security is professionally orientated, offering a well-established, inspiring mix of courses and deep sector expertise that are designed to give our graduates a head start in their chosen careers.

Within the School, we specialise in the following subject areas:

Our School’s academic teams have strong industry links, and a commitment to developing in our students the knowledge and capabilities that they need to thrive in their chosen sectors.  Many of our staff maintain close involvement in their specialist fields, allowing us to keep pace with the dynamic changes and challenges of today’s working world.

We know that employers are looking for confident, knowledgeable and capable team members; and our focus is firmly on developing future–ready graduates who are prepared to take their place in high-performing, demanding environments.

Research in the School of Aviation and Security focuses on academic and industry research collaborations and partnerships, business engagement and inter-disciplinary research to generate regionally, nationally and internationally recognised outputs and research-led teaching. Building on recent achievements the School aims to develop its reputation as a collaborator and partner of choice for innovative and original applied research.

The School has been frequently involved in:

  • The writing of research papers and other publications
  • Bidding for and completion of funded research projects
  • PhD progression and supervision
  • Participation in the UK Research Excellence Framework
  • Participation in research networks and in international conferences as invited speakers
  • Writing of thought leadership pieces based on solid underpinning research.

Research expertise across the School falls into four main thematic areas:

  • Creation and development of more robust and sustainable aviation and tourism industry value chains encompassing areas of management, strategy, operations and planning
  • Development of organisational resilience and security systems and strategies in what is an increasingly dynamic and uncertain world
  • Examination of the impact of anti-social behaviour on individuals and communities and development of resulting prevent and protect policing strategies
  • Generation of enhanced criminal investigation approaches with a focus on forensics and cybercrime.

Recent successes and achievements by the School include:

  • Winner of a Student Research Poster Competition at the US University Aviation Association in the graduate category (2018)
  • Publication of substantive, industry focussed research in highly rated academic journals including Journal of Transport Geography, Annals of Tourism Research, Tourism Geographies, Tourism and Hospitality Research and Journal of Event and Festivals Management
  • Completion of an EU funded project into EU-Latin America air transport competitiveness and connectivity
  • Publication of books and book chapters including Becoming Cabin Crew: A Course Textbook Designed to Support BTEC, NCFE and City and Guilds Qualifications by Hayley Stainton, Resilient Thinking - Protecting Organisations in the 21st Century by Phillip Wood and Liberalisation developments in key selected emerging markets co-authored by David Warnock-Smith in the Routledge Companion to Air Transport Management.

Current and recent PhD topics supervised by staff in the School include:

  • Development of new processes and procedures for the transportation of human remains by air – Sam Guest
  • Investigation into mental health issues of UK Military veterans – Wayne Palmer
  • TEFL Tourism: A Phenomenological Examination of the TEFL Teacher in Thailand – Hayley Stainton.

The School currently has capacity for PhD supervision. A selection of research topics for which staff in the School have an interest includes:

  • Incumbent air carrier strategies in deregulated environments
  • Airline ancillary revenues
  • Airline-airport relationships
  • Regional air transport developments in Africa, Caribbean or Middle-East
  • Music and dance tourism
  • Perception and experience of events and festivals
  • The cultural tourist
  • Ethical operations in hospitality and tourism
  • Urban tourism
  • TEFL tourism
  • Cabin and flight crew operations research
  • Sustainable development frameworks for regional air transport markets
  • Netnography
  • Social media marketing
  • Influencers
  • Educational tourism
  • Volunteer tourism.

Research outputs and other publications authored by staff in the School can be accessed via the University’s repository system: Crest.

For further information about the School’s research activity or to enquire about possible collaborations please contact david.warnock-smith@bucks.ac.uk or Tel: 01494 603 045.

Enterprise in the School of Aviation and Security aims to build on a record of successful partnerships and business engagement to develop and generate regional, national and international enterprise outputs. We intend to further develop our reputation as a partner of choice for innovative and ambitious enterprise offerings in the areas of aviation, tourism, events, security, resilience and policing.

The School has an impressive record of engagement in:

  • Professional short courses and CPD training
  • Consultancy projects for public and private sector clients
  • Professional bodies and PSRBs
  • Business advisory activity and knowledge exchange
  • Internal and external media activity.

Current and recent enterprise activity undertaken by staff in the School includes:

  • Business Continuity Management courses in partnership with the Business Continuity Institute (BCI)
  • Media engagements with the Guardian newspaper, Wired Magazine (on-line) among others
  • Expert input into the UK’s Aviation Strategy Consultations
  • Involvement in advisory and consultancy boards in the areas of airport operations and aviation security
  • Membership of the Bucks Armed Forces Covenant Working Group, the MoDs South East Regional Employee Engagement Group and the Wycombe Police Area Independent Advisory Group
  • Associate Membership of UK Airlines, the trade body representing all UK registered air carriers.

The core strengths in the School that link these activities together are impartiality, independence, and added value whether it be in training, advisory, consultancy or knowledge exchange services.

The School also benefits from having access to modern facilities including flight simulators and simulation and exercise rooms. The School’s primary flight simulator is an ELITE S812 FNPT II featuring a single pilot, fully enclosed spacious cockpit with a fully integrated enclosed instructor station as well as an external visual system and can be used for instrument training, simulator practice, supporting theoretical training, introductions to CRM, research projects or for company training (e.g. away days) and School visits.

For further information about the School’s enterprise activity and facilities or to enquire about possible collaborations please contact david.warnock-smith@bucks.ac.uk or Tel: 01494 603 045