Professor Anson Jack MA (Oxon), FCILT, FSARS

Anson Jack

Department of Civil Engineering
Director, International Railway Benchmarking

Contact details

Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education
Gisbert Kapp Building
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Professor Jack has recently been appointed to BCRRE to promote international railway benchmarking and other research, and to develop the extensive international relationships the University has already established across the globe.

He began his career at British Rail where he joined as a graduate trainee in 1979. He also worked at Railtrack and Network Rail, before joining RSSB in 2003. He continues to work at the company as Director of Commercial and Strategy. His credentials also include membership of: the Technical Advisory Board of the International High Speed Rail Association, based in Tokyo; the Transportation Research Board Committee for the review of the Federal Railroad Administration research and development programme; the Organising Committee for the World Congress on Railway Research, and the UK rail industry’s Technical Strategy Leadership Group.


  • MA (Oxon)


Teaching  3rd Year Undergraduates in Railway Engineering, MSc in Rail Systems Integration and Rail Risk and Safety Management.

Postgraduate supervision

Supervising PhDs in Rail Safety and Performance, Level Crossing evaluation, Sustainability of High Speed Railways, Governance of Heritage Railways, Evaluation of Platform Screen Doors, Safety approvals for projects and the Translation of Strategy into Action


Climate Change, Regulation, Standards, Safety, integration of all of these with engineering

Other activities

International partnerships, development of industry relationships