Doctoral Skills Network

Doctoral Skills Network

Connect - Engage - Support - Collaborate

The UKCRIC Doctoral Skills Network offers an opportunity for postgraduate researchers from UKCRIC institutions to meet and exchange ideas, support each other and gain skills to develop their careers as engineers of the future.


The UKCRIC Doctoral Skills Network is supported by a UKCRIC project grant.


Aims of the Doctoral Skills Network

  • Offer developmental opportunities to doctoral researchers based in UKCRIC institutions focusing on research in infrastructures and cities
  • Create a vibrant doctoral community and promote collaborations and ideas exchange
  • Support the development of research-minded leaders that can address national and international priorities
  • Coalesce the collective expertise and capabilities of the UKCRIC universities and partners in support of the activities of the doctoral network


Skills Events

The UKCRIC Doctoral Skills Network is a collaborative project and we encourage members to suggest training and development ideas that would benefit others in the network.

Suggestions include:

  • Seminars lead by industry and academic researchers on key current topics (online or in person)
  • Networking events, with industry partners, universities, policy makers
  • UKCRIC Laboratory exchange programme including collaborative short-term research projects
  • Sandpit projects with industry partners
  • UKCRIC Doctoral Skills Network conference

Upcoming Events Schedule

9th Feb 2023 12.30-13.30 

Smart Energy Research Lab (SERL) Webinar hosted by C-DICE

This lunchtime webinar will introduce researchers to the Smart Energy Research Lab (SERL) project. 


14th Feb 2023 10:00-11:30 online

Indo-UK Local Energy Systems Webinar Series hosted by C-DICE

Local energy systems have been the subject of intensive research and development in recent years, leading to a need to update the research community with the latest developments.


3rd March 2023 12.00-13.00 online

Digital Task Force for Planning webinar hosted by C-DICE 

The talk will introduce the Task Force’s first stage report, A Digital Future for Planning – Spatial Planning Reimaged (Batty & Yang, 2022), and will share its future plans and opportunities to be engaged.


8th March 2023 8th March 202312.00-13.00 online

System Dynamics for Transport Webinar hosted by C-DICE

System Dynamics is the study of the dynamic behaviour of systems, in order to improve understanding and therefore address problems or improve efficiencies. The method discussed will be of relevance to those working across all aspects of cities, infrastructure, transport and energy.


9th April to 31st August 2023 online programme

Full Switch consultancy & project management programme  hosted by C-DICE

6-month project management/consultancy programme for late stage PhDs and post docs.


24-25 May 2023 In person PGR conference: Southampton University

Sustainable Infrastructure & Cities conference hosted by EPSRC CDT in Sustainable Infrastructure Systems. 

The conference is FREE to attend and open to all postgraduate students, early career researchers, academics and industry partners. 

REGISTER and more information

24-28 July in person full week event

Birmingham Decarbonisation Summer School - C-DICE

More information on C-DICE Website

For more information about all of our upcoming UKCRIC events please visit the Events page.


Previous Events

If you were unable to attend our previous events, materials such as slides and webinar recordings can be found by clicking on the relevant link below.


31st Jan 2023

10.00 - 12.00 online

Developing a Publication Strategy for Net Zero Researchers hosted by C-DICE

This workshop will enable you to explore some of these issues including open research practices, new forms of research evaluation, and publication ethics.


16 Nov 2022


Net Zero Heroes - Decarbonising Heating & Homes


10 Nov 2022

10:00 - 19:30

LoLo-ERBE Annual Colloquium - in-person event in London hosted by ERBE CDT and LoLo

Keynote speaker: Chris Stark - Chief Executive, Committee

27 Oct 2022

12:00 - 13:30


ERA Skills Virtual Writing Retreat

If you research area pertains to Energy or the transition to a net zero carbon future join ERA for a virtual writing retreat. You can attend the retreat irrespective of the current stage of the writing project, idea generation, planning, writing, editing, proofing, rewriting. Register here.

21 Oct 2022

09:00 - 15:00

Success on Screen workshop online with VOX Coaching

Learn about communicating your research to an audience on film.

Starts 12 Oct 2022

13:00 - 15:00

Sustainable Construction Masterclass series​ hosted by C-DICE 7 sessions The lectures and Q&A sessions will cover fundamental issues in construction. See website for more details.

11th Oct 2022

 12:00 - 14:00

Infrastructure & Wellbeing in Cities webinar by Prof Nick Tyler, UCL & PEARL details to follow

20 Sept 2022

All Day

Net Zero Futures Conference University of Loughborough hosted by C-DICE for Early Career researchers

13-15 July

All day

International Conference on Evolving Cities University of Southampton

21-22 June 2022

All day

1st Water-WISER Early Career Researcher Conference
Loughborough University

17 June 2022


Communicating Confidently - Excellence at Grant and Job Interviews

15 June 2022

12.30 – 13.30 

Net Zero Heroes- Decarbonising Heating & Homes

01 June 2022


UKCRIC Doctoral Skills Network webinar - Nuclear Energy GREEN CDT

20 May 2022


Communicating Confidently - Managing Research Relationships

16 May 2022

12.30 – 13.30

Net Zero Heroes – Integrating Energy Storage with Renewable Energy Generation

29 April 2022


Communicating Confidently - In the Spotlight: Excellence at Presentations

5-6 April 2022

All day


Multi CDT Conference - Clean Energy & Sustainable Infrastructure With CDTs ESA, SIS, SIC & PV


6 April 2022


Net Zero Heroes - Energy Transitions: A Policy and Politics Perspective​​ Webinar hosted by Energy Research Accelerator (ERA)

2nd March 2022

13.00 – 14.00

UKCRIC & Energy with CDT Energy Storage and its Applications, Webinar hosted by Universities of Sheffield & Southampton

23 February 2022


Power Trader hosted by Energy Research Accelerator (ERA)

16 February 2022

12.30 – 13.30

Net Zero Heroes - Decarbonisation of Transport Part 2 Webinar hosted by Energy Research Accelerator (ERA)

02 February 2022

12.00 – 13.30

Introduction to UKCRIC and CDT Sustainable Infrastructure Systems, Webinar hosted by University of Southampton

19 January 2022

12.30 – 13.30


Net Zero Heroes - Decarbonisation of Transport Part 1 Webinar hosted by Energy Research Accelerator (ERA)


Public Engagement

Engaging with the public including policy makers, academics, industry partners including local business and enterprise, school children and students is an important way to disseminate research findings to the world outside of academia. The Doctoral Skills Network will support public engagement training and attendance at events to promote UKCRIC and our partner institutions.


Doctoral Skills Network Leadership Team


Professor Sergio Cavalaro

UKCRIC Doctoral and Postdoctoral Training Lead (Loughborough University)

William Powrie

UKCRIC Convenor, (University of Southampton)


Jennifer Knight

UKCRIC Skills Manager (University of Southampton)



Sign Up to the Network

Sign up to the UKCRIC Doctoral Skills Network to receive our regular updates on UKCRIC activities. 

We will contact you by email to inform you of training and networking events. Please use your University email address when you register and agree to us contacting you with the email address provided.

From time to time we may also ask you to take part in surveys to gather information about the research being conducted in the UKCRIC Network of Institutions.

To join the UKCRIC Doctoral Skills Network please complete this form.