UCL Engineering Exchange


Working with Communities: Practical Skills for Engineers and Built Environment Specialists

The Engineering Exchange offers training for engineers, built environment specialists, academics and researchers who want to improve their skills in engaging with communities

You’ll learn:

-How engineering research and practice can contribute to local communities
-How to address community needs and opportunities directly in engineering projects
-How engaging with communities can deliver better engineering outcomes
-Skills to improve how you engage with community groups in your professional practice or research
-Practical ideas for improving engagement in your own work.

You’ll also have the opportunity to:

-Build professional networks within the field
-Work with a group of like-minded colleagues
-Network with potential project partners at our community events


1. Analyse and articulate the benefits to communities, engineering and society of better engagement between engineers and community groups.
2. Determine levels of engagement between community groups and engineering projects and processes.
3. Explain technical concepts and the value of engineering to local communities.
4. Know how to work with community groups to define their needs and objectives for engineering engagement.
5. Identify opportunities for improving community engagement within a specific engineering project or discipline.

Who should take this course?

-Engineers and built environment specialists at any career level who want to gain skills in working with communities

-Engineers and built environment specialists who want to increase their research impact through community engagement

-Engineers working towards Chartered Engineer (CEng); Incorporated Engineer (IEng) or Engineering Technician (EngTech) qualification (UKSpec E-group competences)