School of Infrastructure and Sustainable Engineering

With a focus on engineering smart and sustainable futures, the School of Infrastructure and Sustainable Engineering reflects our College ethos of interdisciplinary teaching and research, combining chemistry and chemical engineering, civil engineering, engineering systems and supply chain management

Our approach

Our multidisciplinary approach enables us to work hand-in-hand with local, national and global industry, with each department closely aligned to an industry sector. Working with industry, we deliver the right skills, at the right time and in the right place, whether that is on campus in the workplace or through degree apprenticeships. 

Our teaching 

Our courses address issues of environmental sustainability for the wellbeing of global society. We develop new talent through industry-accredited undergraduate and postgraduate courses on campus. Upskilling existing talent has equal focus, through our comprehensive suite of degree apprenticeships and work-based learning opportunities. Ranked 4th in the UK for Building and Town and Country Planning (Guardian, 2021), and gaining 100% student satisfaction for several of our courses in recent years, our teaching is excellent Our innovative industry club in CEAC brings together students, staff and industry professionals for curriculum development, recruitment and research. 

We embed digital skills into all our teaching and deliver cutting edge tech recruits who are industry ready. 

Our research 

The School’s research-active staff work on real world problems for a sustainable future. Our chemists develop bio-sourced and biodegradable polymers and our civil engineers deliver sustainable transport and highways infrastructure solutions, while our logistics and supply chain academics are experts in green logistics. Other research strengths include biomaterials, catalysis and the circular economy. 

We have created plastics from plants, creating biodegradable materials and reducing landfill waste. 

We lead industry-wide collaborations for sustainable supply chains to best serve the planet, the people and their prosperity. 

The University’s Energy and Bioproducts Research Institute (EBRI) was born out of our chemical engineering department, and is the home of our world-class research into all aspects of bioenergy including energy-from-waste, and the development of new bioproducts and services. EBRI is also home to the UK-wide Supergen Bioenergy Hub project which works to support the UK’s transition to a low-carbon future.