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

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

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.

27 Oct 2022


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.

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 on Climate Change

16 Nov 2022


Net Zero Heroes - Decarbonising Heating & Homes

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.


Date Time Title
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
21-22 June 2022 All day 1st Water-WISER Early Career Researcher Conference
Loughborough University
17 June 2022 09.15-13.00 Communicating Confidently - Excellence at Grant and Job Interviews
15 June 2022 12.30 – 13.30  Net Zero Heroes- Decarbonising Heating & Homes
01 June 2022 12:00-13:30 UKCRIC Doctoral Skills Network webinar - Nuclear Energy GREEN CDT​
20 May 2022 09.15-13.00

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 09.15-13.00

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 12.30-13.30  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 12.00-16.00 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)

13-15 July

All day

International Conference on Evolving Cities University of Southampton


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.