Professor of Bioaerosol Science & Interim Pro-Vice Chancellor - Education and member of the Senior Management team

The Interim Pro-Vice Chancellor of Education is responsible for working with the Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Education to develop the future strategic direction of education provision across the University and to implement this across Cranfield’s Water, Energy, Environment and Agrifood themes.


Sean Tyrrel
Professor Sean Tyrrel

Professor Sean Tyrrel graduated from the University of Leeds with a BSc (Hons) in Microbiology in 1986. He was awarded an MPhil from Cranfield University for his work on groundwater microbiology and a PhD, also from Cranfield, for his research into low energy wastewater treatment.

Professor Tyrrel began his career at Anglian Water working in analytical microbiology before joining Cranfield in 1988, initially as a Research Officer and then as a member of academic staff. He has been closely associated with the MSc programme in Water and has played an active role in the development of educational provision and the maintenance of academic standards at Cranfield University in a number of senior roles, most recently as Dean of the Faculty of Environment, Science and Manufacturing (2012-14).

In addition to his role in the University's Senior Management Team, Sean is also Reader in Environmental Microbiology. His research is situated at the interface between water and waste management practice, environmental microbiology, and human health. He has over 25 years of research experience in this field and has secured and managed research contracts funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, NERC, EPSRC, Defra, DFID and many water and waste management companies. Sean leads Cranfield’s research on bioaerosols in environmental air and is recognised internationally for this work through his appointment as UK Principal Expert to the CEN committee CEN/TC264/WG28 on bioaerosol measurement in ambient air.

Sean Tyrrel is a Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv), a Chartered Water and Environmental Manager (C.WEM), a Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (FCIWEM), and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

View Sean's academic profile and publications.