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 collaborative postdoctoral training (Masters, PhD, EngD), research projects, and continuing professional development (CPD) courses, 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.

It is expected that more than 100 students and postdoctoral researchers will be trained on UKCRIC’s facilities each year between 2019 and 2024.

Through the UKCRIC Doctoral Skills Network and the Centre for Postdoctoral Development in Infrastructure, Cities and Energy (C-DICE) we offer doctoral students and early career researchers innovative and flexible training programmes with an ethos of responsible innovation and equality, diversity and inclusion (ED&I) at its core.


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.

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.