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Most of the UCL Energy Institute's work is in partnership with industry, government and other academic bodies, ensuring that what we do has a real-world impact.

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How to engage with us

UCL Energy Institute has numerous tailored research and consultancy relationships with industry and government. We are always eager to discussion with organisations, big and small, on different ways we can work together.

Consultancy

Your organisation can benefit from our academic expertise to help you solve technical challenges or research questions. We will provide innovative, cutting-edge insights into sustainability, energy and buildings that come with a long track record of multidisciplinary thinking. In the past, we have worked on grants with EDF; advised the UN and national governments on climate change policy; frequently provided BEIS with expertise on energy efficiency; completed an evaluation of Calix with Ipsos Mori; provided low-carbon shipping solutions for the International Maritime Organisation and many others.  

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Donations 

If you would like to become a donor please contact us. Your donation will help fund pioneering research and develop the next generation of leaders in sustainability. Whatever global sustainability cause you are passionate about solving, we are likely to be so too and will be much stronger with your support.  

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Short courses and training

We are currently developing our portfolio of open short courses. We are open to feedback from you on your training needs – send us an email with what you would like to see from us. 

Some of the courses we are likely to offer soon are in the sustainable business field: Green Finance and Measurement of Sustainability. They are aimed at mid-senior level professionals in organisations and businesses looking to develop their strategies for long-term value creation and sustainable pathways. 

Moisture in Buildings CPD: the renowned UK Centre for Moisture in Buildings hosts a CPD programme for professionals in the buildings- and construction sectors. Inappropriate moisture levels in buildings are considered to be the cause of the majority of all building failures including building-related occupant health problems. Available online and face-to-face.

Bespoke short courses and training

We can deliver custom education and CPD for executives, business leaders and high-potential professionals in organisations that are looking to drive innovation and generate impact. We will work with you to design a programme built around your training requirements, and transfer our knowledge and insights in a way that will deliver impact in your organisation. Training could be modelled around sustainable and circular businesses, climate change challenges, energy efficiency, building physics, modelling, scenario planning, technical environmental design and engineering challenges you face and many more.

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PhD studentships 

Our doctoral training and research outputs are world leading. We endeavour to closely align our PhD research with real-world needs and are always looking for suitable industry partners. Browse the range of research areas or speak to us about a particular question your organisation wants to explore through academic research. 

The PhD student will work closely with your business and may spend time in your office as work experience - models of collaboration can be tailored to your requirements. Some PhDs study part time and work 50% of the time with the sponsor, others only visit their sponsor occasionally.

To fully sponsor a UK/EU student over 3 years the fees + stipend are around £75,000. A lower level payment is possible via a CASE award (where UKRI pays a share) or via our doctoral training centre in Energy Resilience and the Built Environment (around £8,000 p.a. over 4 years). 

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Knowledge Transfer Partnership

You can improve your business' competitiveness and productivity through funded partnerships with one of our academics and/or graduates.  

The scheme can last between 12 and 36 months, depending on what the project is and the needs of the business.
A KTP is part-funded by a grant. You will need to contribute to the salary of the Associate who will work with your business, plus the cost of a supervisor who will oversee the scheme. Find out more on gov.uk

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Case Study: Industry collaboration in PhD research

Our new centre for doctoral training for Energy Resilience and the Built Environment explores the interaction of people, buildings and energy systems and new relationships between energy supply and demand. 

We need and want to work with likeminded partners from industry to address the challenges of the sector: how can we ensure a decarbonised system to buy, sell and store heat and power whilst meeting our human need for high quality spaces in which we live and work, increasing the productivity of the UK economy, reducing fuel poverty, improving health and wellbeing, and supporting an ageing population? 

This year, five PhD students started their training in collaboration with industry partners. Shai and Adria are working with the smart energy software solutions company PassivSystems on two very different research projects: pricing flexibility in emerging and future energy systems and comfort and control of low-carbon heating, from a social sciences perspective. Eleni is looking at university buildings and campuses in the context of climate change with the architectural practice Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios. Bentley Systems, a software company, and Shyam will be simulating and optimising the performance of the building stock together. The fifth research project concerns moisture and ventilation in dwellings and will be undertaken by our student Jalal in conjunction with Aereco, a company that develops innovative ventilation solutions for residential and office buildings.

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If you or your organisation would like to ngage us in a partnership please get in touch.

Elinor Kruse
Partnership Manager
Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources
bseer-partnerships@ucl.ac.uk

Carlos Huggins 
Consultancy Manager
UCLC
c.huggins@uclconsultants.com