University of Salford, School of the Built Environment (with United Utilities) PhD Studentship

27 July 2012

EPSRC Industrial CASE Studentship – Towards the Development of a New Delivery System for water sector infrastructure projects – organisational development through action research


Final date for applications: 5th September 2012

Description:  This is an exciting opportunity for an ambitious construction, engineering, social-science or management graduate to conduct doctoral research at the School of the Built Environment (SOBE), with financial support by the EPSRC and United Utilities PLC. SOBE has an exciting and vibrant research community engaged in advanced research in the Built Environment. As one of the largest UK Schools, SOBE has today some 70 active research staff, very many of whom are internationally recognised leaders in their field. SOBE also has some 240 PhD students from around the world undertaking research programmes.


United Utilities Group PLC is the UK's largest listed water company. The group owns and manages the regulated water and wastewater network in the North West of England, through its subsidiary United Utilities Water PLC (UUW).


UUW and SOBE have created an exciting project with the aim of developing a New Delivery System for water sector infrastructure projects. Through an organisational development and action research process, the successful candidate will work with UUW in designing, developing, running and implementing a procurement delivery strategy to align their corporate strategy and the changing regulatory environment to delivery of their AMP6 Capital Programme. The successful candidate will be expected to spend a significant amount of time at UUW in Warrington.


Qualifications:   The successful candidate should be eligible for Industrial CASE funding (see below). He/she should hold or expect to gain at least a good 2.1 Honours or Masters Degree in construction, engineering, social-science or management.


Skills required: The candidate should be self-motivated with an ability to work independently and to tight deadlines within a dynamic, team environment. The project will provide the successful candidate with the opportunity to deal with issues of implementation of new procurement systems, building information modeling (BIM), design-for manufacture, performance management, while developing action research and organizational development skills. The successful candidate should be able to demonstrate an interest in these areas.  Team working and flexibility will be a key requirement.


Funding:   The studentship includes stipends plus tuition fees. This studentship is only available to students with settled status in the UK, as classified by EPSRC eligibility.


Enquiries: Immediate informal enquiries may be made to Professor Peter McDermott  by e-mail 


Applicants should send a CV and names of two academic referees to the Partnerships Office at: