Paul Newman


Ahoy there, I’m Paul Newman, an Associate Lecturer of MLA College, specialising in meteorology, oceanography, hydrography and engineering science, but not necessarily in that order!

My first love being engineering, I worked in this field after graduating with honours from Bath University way back in 1980. Seeing the light, however, in 1984 I joined the Royal Navy, initially as an engineering officer and teacher before quickly switching across to specialise in operational meteorology and oceanography.

Cutting my teeth at sea in this role, I gained my bridge watch-keeping and ocean navigation qualifications and enjoyed many years working around the world on a moving deck, living and working above and below the waterline. Returning ashore from time to time, I’ve built my teaching and professional hydrographic, weather and oceanographic portfolios, in various operational and teaching posts; as a teacher and training manager, I completed my Naval Service as head of department, at the RN’s Flag Officer Sea Training (FOST) Hydrographic and METOC training school.

No doubt there are some challenges associated with studying at a distance, but I believe the MLA’s total learning packages offer a unique, enjoyable and comprehensive method for you to progress your professional surveyor career and I look forward to working with you toward a successful outcome.