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Reference Number EP/L015412/1
Title EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Engineering for the Water Sector (STREAM IDC)
Status Started
Energy Categories ENERGY EFFICIENCY(Industry) 5%;
NOT ENERGY RELATED 95%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) 20%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Civil Engineering) 60%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering) 20%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 90%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Environmental dimensions) 10%;
Principal Investigator Dr P Jeffrey
No email address given
School of Applied Sciences
Cranfield University
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 April 2014
End Date 30 September 2022
Duration 102 months
Total Grant Value £3,728,248
Industrial Sectors Water
Region East of England
Programme LWEC : LWEC, NC : Engineering
 
Investigators Principal Investigator Dr P Jeffrey , School of Applied Sciences, Cranfield University (99.995%)
  Other Investigator Professor D Butler , Engineering Computer Science and Maths, University of Exeter (0.001%)
Dr MR Templeton , Civil and Environmental Eng, Imperial College London (0.001%)
Dr JM Amezaga , Civil Engineering and Geosciences, Newcastle University (0.001%)
Dr JD Shucksmith , Civil and Structural Engineering, University of Sheffield (0.001%)
Professor D Savic , Wastewater and Reuse, KWR Watercycle Research Institute (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Northumbrian Water Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Severn Trent Water (0.000%)
Project Contact , Thames Water Utilities Plc (0.000%)
Project Contact , Anglian Water (0.000%)
Project Contact , United Utilities PLC (0.000%)
Project Contact , H R Wallingford Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , WRc plc (0.000%)
Project Contact , Balfour Beatty Plc (0.000%)
Project Contact , British Water (0.000%)
Project Contact , MWH UK Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) (0.000%)
Project Contact , AECOM (0.000%)
Project Contact , Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) (0.000%)
Project Contact , Hydro International Plc (0.000%)
Project Contact , Institute of Water (0.000%)
Project Contact , Scottish Water (0.000%)
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Objectives
Abstract The UK water sector is experiencing a period of profound change with both public and private sector actors seeking evidence-based responses to a host of emerging global, regional and national challenges which are driven by demographic, climatic, and land use changes as well as regulatory pressures for more efficient delivery of services. Although the UK Water Industry is keen to embrace the challenge and well placed to innovate, it lacks the financial resources to support longer term skills and knowledge generation. A new cadre of engineers is required for the water industry to not only make our society more sustainable and profitable but to develop a new suite of goods and services for a rapidly urbanising world.EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training provide an ideal mechanism with which to remediate the emerging shortfall in advanced engineering skills within the sector. In particular, the training of next-generation engineering leaders for the sector requires a subtle balance between industrial and academic contributions; calling for a funding mechanism which privileges industrial need but provides for significant academic inputs to training and research. The STREAM initiative draws together five of the UK's leading water research and training groups to secure the future supply of advanced engineering professionals in this area of vital importance to the UK. Led by the Centre for Water Science at Cranfield University, the consortium also draws on expertise from the Universities of Sheffield and Bradford, Imperial College London, Newcastle University, and the University of Exeter.STREAM offers Engineering Doctorate and PhD awards through a programme which incorporates; (i) acquisition of advanced technical skills through attendance at masters level training courses, (ii) tuition in the competencies and abilities expected of senior engineers, and (iii) doctoral level research projects. Our EngD students spend at least 75% of their time working in industry or on industry specified research problems. Example research topics to be addressed by the scheme's students include; delivering drinking water quality and protecting public health; reducing carbon footprint; reducing water demand; improving service resilience and reliability; protecting natural water bodies; reducing sewer flooding, developing and implementing strategies for Integrated Water Management, and delivering new approaches to characterising, communicating and mitigating risk and uncertainty. Fifteen studentships per year for five years will be offered with each position being sponsored by an industrial partner from the water sector.A series of common attendance events will underpin programme and group identity. These include, (i) an initial three-month taught programme based at Cranfield University, (ii) an open invitation STREAM symposium and (iii) a Challenge Week to take place each summer including transferrable skills training and guest lectures from leading industrialists and scientists. Outreach activities will extend participation in the programme, pursue collaboration with associated initiatives, promote 'brand awareness' of the EngD qualification, and engage with a wide range of stakeholder groups (including the public) to promote engagement with and understanding of STREAM activities. Strategic direction for the programme will be formulated through an Industry Advisory Board comprising representatives from professional bodies, employers, and regulators. This body will provide strategic guidance informed by sector needs, review the operational aspects of the taught and research components as a quality control, and conduct foresight studies of relevant research areas. A small International Steering Committee will ensure global relevance for the programme. The total cost of the STREAM programme is 9m, 2.8m of which is being invested by industry and 1.8m by the five collaborating universities. Just under 4.4m is being requested from EPSR
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