Skills & Training

Skills & Training

UKCRIC, working closely with government and industry, will coordinate training enhancement activities to ensure that the UK becomes a global centre of excellence for infrastructure research training.

Through our professional, policymaker, postdoctoral and doctoral training, UKCRIC is training the next generation of research, knowledge and innovation leaders in cities and infrastructure across the academic, industry and policy sectors. UKCRIC also influences tertiary education syllabi in a wide range of disciplines to help produce a capable workforce for infrastructure design, delivery and operation. Important skill sets in this respect include the capability to look at infrastructure problems holistically in a systems context and the aptitude to work and deliver solutions in cross-disciplinary and cross-sector teams.

Professional and Policymaker Training

UKCRIC’s personalised professional and policymaker training fellowship is delivered by leading academics. It is designed to bring practitioners and policymakers in infrastructure and urban systems up to date on the latest research and to inspire them to think creatively and systemically. Each fellowship is tailored to meet the needs of the professional or policymaker and can include roundtables, one-to-one meetings, state of the art reviews and placements. Contact us at to find out more.

Centre for Postdoctoral Development in Infrastructure, Cities and Energy

UKCRIC works closely with the Centre for Postdoctoral Development in Infrastructure, Cities and Energy (C-DICE) which builds and sustains the advanced skills base required to create a pipeline of world-class talent for the Infrastructure, Cities and Energy (IC&E) sectors, and accelerate progress towards a net-zero society by 2050. C-DICE brings together the collective expertise of the UKCRIC universities with the partners of the Energy Research Accelerator, working alongside research associations, institutes, and many leading industrial partners.

Doctoral Skills Network

Through the UKCRIC Doctoral Skills Network we offer doctoral students, across our partner institutions, innovative and flexible training programmes with an ethos of responsible innovation and equality, diversity and inclusion (ED&I) at its core.

Within UKCRIC Institutions are Centres for Doctoral Training. We support the training of future professionals with technical interdisciplinary skills and an understanding of how to make cities productive, sustainable, resilient and healthy places for people to live. In a training environment based in the facilities within the UKCRIC network and working in close collaboration with industry, we support the development of a cadre of well-networked engineers who will help situate the UK as an innovative, prosperous, and healthy nation.

Through our CDT Manager Support Network, staff, working in collaboration with industry representatives, will adopt a team-teaching approach to enhance understandings of complex projects, through emphasising the interactions between sectors as part of an infrastructure nexus.