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

Events Schedule





12.30 – 13.30

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


12.00 – 13.00

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


12.30 – 13.30

Net Zero Heroes – Decarbonisation of Transport Part 2 Webinar hosted by ERA


09.30 – 17.00

Power Trader Workshop interactive game with ERA


13.00 – 14.00

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

March 2022


Writing retreat online Webinar hosted by ERA

5 & 6 April

All day

Multi CDT conference – Sustainable Energy & Infrastructure, Hybrid conference hosted by University of Sheffield


12.30 – 13.30

Net Zero Heroes – Dispatchable Power from wind Webinar hosted by ERA

For more information about current Doctoral Skills Network events visit the Events page


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.