Department of Civil Engineering and Industrial Design
The Department of Civil Engineering and Industrial Design has been formed following a recent restructuring of the School from its previous centres of research. It comprises the long-established discipline of Civil Engineering along with the relatively new discipline of Industrial Design. These two disciplines will be organised into two Divisions with distinct external profiles, which will allow each to develop its own identity playing to its research and teaching strengths, while internally facilitating effective management of people and resources. Both Divisions will be co-located in the Brodie Tower which is currently benefiting from an ongoing facilities investment programme, although research and teaching activities are integrated across the School of Engineering estate. The School has an aspiration to grow this new Department in terms of both staff and research areas.
The Department offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes in Architectural Engineering, Civil Engineering and Industrial Design. Both Civil Engineering and Industrial Design currently host a significant number of undergraduate Chinese students from XJTLU completing their studies on a 2+2 basis. The integration of Civil Engineering and Industrial Design brings together two of the most dynamic and growing linkages with XJTLU, creating a major focal point for the Liverpool-China relationship. A further development is the creation of a new postgraduate degree programme in Industrial Design at the University of Liverpool’s London campus.
The research in the Department covers many engineering and design disciplines in fields including: blast and impact, coastal sediment movement, tidal energy, flooding and urban drainage, environmental pollution, geomechanics, sustainable construction materials, construction management, user experience design, digital modelling and simulation, design attitudes and issues, biomaterials and biomechanics, and nuclear engineering. The School scored highly in the national Research Excellence Framework (REF) in 2014. The Department works closely with the Liverpool Institute of Risk and Uncertainty, the School of Environmental Sciences and the School of Architecture.
The Department maintains strong industrial links through a well-established Industrial Liaison Committee, comprising local and regional industrial partners. This provides valuable industrial input into teaching, research and the mentoring of our undergraduate MEng students.
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