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EPSRC - Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Engineering for the Water Sector (STREAM IDC)

STREAM: The Industrial Doctorate Centre for the Water Sector

The STREAM Industrial Doctoral Centre (IDC) is funded through the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). Its ambitions are to deliver the next generation of research leaders for the water sector through a programme of leading edge research and advanced skills training. The STREAM programme is delivered by five collaborating universities, coordinated by Cranfield University and including Imperial College London and the universities of Exeter, Newcastle and Sheffield. It allows talented researchers to develop their skills and careers by studying for a PhD or EngD award. Enhanced stipends of £19k rising to £20k available for EngD students.

Our project sponsors are organisations that are committed to the support of long-term, high-quality research as a way of generating the knowledge and technologies needed to deliver sustainable water services and management.

Potential applicants for four year EngD or three year PhD positions should be able to demonstrate: enthusiasm; resourcefulness; a mature approach to learning; creativity; a sound understanding of one or more branches of science or engineering; and possess a first or upper second class honours degree.

The STREAM programme comprises three elements:

  • Postgraduate-level Training
  • Transferable Skills and Engineering Leadership
  • Research

The STREAM programme offers:

  • Access to masters-level training at five leading universities
  • Strong career development programme targeted at producing future engineering leaders
  • Challenge Week held in July each year including advanced transferable skills training, guest lectures from leading industrialists and scientists, design and problem solving challenges
  • Opportunities to present papers at conferences and author academic journal papers
  • Free membership of the International Water Association
  • Opportunities to undertake a study visit to a leading international academic research group.

Projects for start in October 2017 now available

EngD / PhD Host University Primary Industrial Sponsor Project title Contact
EngD Cranfield S'Invetec LLC Microbial FOG degradation Dr Raffaella Villa
EngD Exeter Northumbrian Water Rooting Out Resilience: developing and embedding metrics within the water industry Prof David Butler
EngD Imperial Thames Water Improvement, validation and implementation of predictive models on full scale anaerobic digestion assets Sarah Willis
EngD Newcastle United Utilities Understanding and communicating impacts of water resource infrastructure removal Position recruited
EngD Newcastle Northumbrian Water Advancing the use of flow cytometry (FCM) in the water sector Position recruited
EngD Sheffield Scottish Water Understanding drinking water quality through enhanced analytics Dr Vanessa Speight
PhD Newcastle Hydro International Performance monitoring and full-scale cost of manufactured SUDS components to manage urban runoff Mrs Justine Easten
PhD Sheffield Dynamic Flow
Technologies Ltd (DFT)
Microwave sensing of turbulent flow processes for intelligent drainage monitoring and management Dr Andrew Nichols or Dr Anton Krynkin

For further information on the Stream programme please visit our website.


For further information on the Stream programme please visit our website

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