Awarded “Good” – the highest possible assessment – in EPSRC’s 2017 Mid-Term Review 


Up to 20 four-year fully funded PhD studentships per year

Taught Programme in Exeter for Year 1

Research project in Years 2-4 in an internationally-renowned water research centre

Annual residential summer-school, research seminars and social events

Transferable Skills Training


Recent News


Congratulations to Ludo Beltrame (Cohort 1, Bristol) for successfully defending her thesis subject to minor corrections. Ludo’s thesis is entitled ‘Simulating the risk of liver fluke infection in the UK through mechanistic hydro-epidemiological modelling’. Well done Ludo!

UKRI Policy Internship success: James Rand

We are proud to announce that James Rand (Cohort 5, Bath) has been successful in his application to UKRI‘s Policy Internships Scheme.  James will be hosted by Defra (Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs) and starts in January 2020. The Policy Internships Scheme offers the chance for doctoral students funded by UKRI funding councils to […]


Congratulations to Maria Xenochristou (Cohort 2, Exeter) for successfully defending her thesis subject to minor corrections.  Maria’s thesis is entitled ‘Water Demand Forecasting Using Machine Learning on Weather and Smart Metering Data’.  Her work was supported by Dr Chris Hutton from Wessex Water.  Well done Maria!


The WISE and STREAM CDTs joined forces for a public engagement event at New Scientist Live 2019 which took place at ExCeL in London from 10-13th October 2019.  Students from both CDTs managed an exhibition stand – under the umbrella of “EPSRC Water Engineering” – to share their research with the public via a wealth of […]

GW4 Water Security Alliance Annual Conference 2019

Congratulations to James Rand (Cohort 5, Bath), for winning best flash presentation at the GW4 Water Security Alliance annual conference in June 2019.  James is researching underwater micro gliders for autonomous lake inspection.

3rd IWA Resource Recovery Conference

This September, Olivia Bailey (Cohort 2, Bath) attended the 3rd IWA Resource Recovery (IWARR) Conference in Venice, Italy to present work resulting from a collaboration with her colleagues at TU Delft, Netherlands. The conference plenary sessions were given by some of the most influential people in the world in areas such as resource recovery and […]

WISE CDT provides a unique opportunity for students to participate in shaping their own research topic. This, coupled with the wide range of skills they will acquire by completing all that the postgraduate school offers, makes them very attractive prospective recruits for the Water industry.

David Evans, Director, Natural Energy Wyre

WISE CDT exemplifies our aim to build a highly skilled workforce with industry partners through doctoral training.

GW4 Alliance

Wessex Water is seeing the emergence of skills and knowledge gaps in common with other companies in the water sector…. The WISE CDT helps address these gaps by providing leading interdisciplinary training across the subject areas of water engineering and informatics which are vital for the future of this industry and highly pertinent to our company.

Dan Green, Head of Sustainability and Innovation, Wessex Water

It’s immensely satisfying that WISE students continue to support the economic, environmental and social strategies of business with their cutting edge bespoke research

Professor John Banyard OBE FREng