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




29 April 2022


Communicating Confidently - In the Spotlight: Excellence at Presentations

16 May 2022

12.30 – 13.30

Net Zero Heroes – Integrating Energy Storage with Renewable Energy Generation

20 May 2022


Communicating Confidently - Managing Research Relationships

01 June 2022


UKCRIC Doctoral Skills Network webinar - Nuclear Energy GREEN CDT​

15 June 2022

12.30 – 13.30

Net Zero Heroes- Decarbonising Heating & Homes

17 June 2022



Communicating Confidently - Excellence at Grant and Job Interviews

21-22 June 2022

All day

1st Water-WISER Early Career Researcher Conference

Loughborough University

13-15 July 2022

All day

International Conference on Evolving Cities University of Southampton

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.





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

Sergio Cavalaro

Chair of Infrastructure Systems (Loughborough University)

William Powrie

UKCRIC Convenor, UKCRIC Coordination Node (University of Southampton). Ex Officio Member and Deputy Chair of UKCRIC Management Board


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.