The UWTC has a unique focus on the interface between scientific and technological research and addressing the challenges of the industry. The Centre developed from the activities of a group of staff carrying out research and consultancy work associated with wastewater and environmental management. This has resulted in valuable links being established between academia and industry, which continue to be expanded and reinforced.
The research team has strengths in the areas of environmental technology, specialising in engineering applications of biological, physical, and chemical processes for the control and abatement of environmental pollutants, and recovery of resources and energy from waste streams.
Some of the key areas of expertise and competencies that exist within the centre include:
UWTC has provided consultancy services to a wide range of clients ranging from private landowners with small onsite wastewater treatment systems to the main UK and Scottish water utility companies operating large treatment works. Some of the clients have included:
|United Utilities||Morrison's Construction|
|Catchment Ltd||Royal Haskoning|
|Scottish Outdoor Education Centres||Perthshire Housing Association|
UWTC can provide a range of consultancy services. Details on some of our key activities are listed below with examples of selected consultancy projects:
Our research interests cover a range of themes related to environmental management and wastewater treatment, with specific focus on areas of environmental technology, specialising in engineering application of biological, physical and chemical processes for the control and abatement of environmental pollutants, and in the production of bio-energy.
Our research focusses on:
Abertay University is one of 13 Scottish higher education institutions involved in the Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC), a £10m, 5 year project to support innovation in industrial biotechnology across Scotland.
Abertay is also a key member of the Scottish Biofuel Programme, a European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) Project with five academic partners including Scottish Agricultural College, Scottish Association of Marine Sciences, Napier University and Universities of Edinburgh and Abertay. This project enables Scottish businesses to access the full range of expertise and thus outcomes from the available biofuel solution toolkit to lower waste disposal costs and introduce new income streams through innovation.
Example research and knowledge transfer projects:
Some examples of the current and past research and knowledge transfer projects we have been involved in include:
Current PhD projects:
There are many opportunities for Learning with the UWTC ranging from bespoke professional development and technical short courses, to a structured one year MSc/PGDip in Energy, Water and Environmental Management, to postgraduate research at MRes and PhD level.
Professional and Technical Training:
We can provide practical and CPD oriented workshops for technical and professional staff tailored to your needs. Short and continuous development courses we have offered in the past include:
Small and medium sized businesses
Water utilities (i.e. United Utilities, Scottish Water)
Environmental regulators (i.e. SEPA)
Bespoke training courses be developed to individual client requirements. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
MSc/PGDip Energy, Water and Environmental Management
Abertay University offers a full time MSc course that focusses on the key sustainability issues such as depletion of natural resources, maximising energy usage and reducing environmental impacts of business and industry. The course provides participating students with informative lectures and seminars that provide the baseline knowledge that is then applied to real life situations using group work and a full dissertation on a selected environmental topic.
Research Degree Opportunities:
The Urban Water Technology Centre has research degree opportunities focused on specific areas of study related to environmental technology, specialising in engineering application of biological, physical and chemical processes for the control and abatement of environmental pollutants, and in the production of bio-energy.
Some examples of the research topics that have been defended at PhD level are described below:
Provisional thesis titles of PhD students currently being supervised include: