Water Management and Water Quality

ERPE partner, Heriot-Watt’s Institute of Infrastructure and Environment, in the School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society (EGIS) has joined forces with Scottish Water, Glasgow Clyde College and the Open University to offer water professionals a pathway to professional educational and technical development.

On Tuesday 20 January Professor Garry Pender, Head of the School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society, and Professor Bhaskar Sen Gupta launched the new MSc in Water, Technology and Desalination at the International Water Summit in Abu Dhabi.

Heriot-Watt University and the University of Edinburgh welcome the outstanding results of REF2014 for the Edinburgh Research Partnership in Engineering (ERPE). 94% of our overall research activity is world-leading or internationally excellent. This, combined with the number of academic staff involved, makes Edinburgh the UK powerhouse in Engineering.

Dr David A Kelly, Assistant Professor within the Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Design, was invited to give oral evidence to the All Party Parliamentary Group for Excellence in the Built Environment (APPGEBE) at the Houses of Parliament on Monday 24 November.

Professor Garry Pender, Head of the School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society within ERPE, has been elected as Chair of the Institution of Civil Engineers Scottish Region.

Outgoing Chair Ronnie Hunter handed over the Chairmanship to Professor Pender on November 18 at the ICE Scotland Annual General Meeting in the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation.

Tuesday 14 October is Ada Lovelace Day, an international celebration of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

Ada Lovelace Day Podcast
To celebrate we have developed an Ada Lovelace Day podcast (16 mins) of staff and students sharing stories of STEM women who have inspired them.

Colleagues featured in this recording are:

On Friday 26 September, a host of Heriot-Watt academics and students took the opportunity to share their research with the public at the Explorathon - Scotland's first European Researchers' Night.

Dr Melanie Jimenez demonstrates water purification with lego and magnets.

Last week, 17 year old Tanya Khumalo from Gracemount High School joined Dr Helen Bridle as part of the Equate Scotland CareerWISE programme, which aims to encourage more girls to consider SET careers through work experience. Science, engineering and technology (SET) are vital to Scotland’s future yet many women are not entering these sectors.

Research Futures has hosted the first UK national EPSRC Engineering Roadshow for Early Career Researchers at the Postgraduate Centre at Heriot-Watt's Edinburgh Campus.

The project focuses on the performance of automated trash screens in culverts. Culverts are vital links that allow rivers to pass safely under roads and developments. During periods of intense rainfall many critical culverts are not able to operate to their full capacity because of blockages to trash screens which protect their entry.

A culvert fitted with an Atlas Polar automated trash screen

The need to conserve water has long been recognised by society as a priority action that is critical to health, sanitation and wellbeing. Oftentimes, this message is rightly focused on providing clean water and sanitation in developing countries.

The Construction Industry Research and Information Association (CIRIA) has published a report on culvert blockage based on Heriot-Watt University research.

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