The School of Civil and Building Engineering is one of the largest multi-disciplinary construction and transportation Schools in the UK. Internationally renowned for the quality of its teaching and research, the School has an excellent track record in the training of postgraduate students, and the provision of innovative industry-relevant research.
The School was rated 22 out of 24 for teaching quality by the Government's Quality Assurance Agency and was ranked first in the UK, in the inaugural National Student Survey. The School is ranked 5th in UK for Built Environment and 7th for Civil Engineering in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (as classified under the respective Architecture and Built Environment, and Civil Engineering categories, Grade Point Average x Volume). Some 25% of the School's Built Environment research is classed as 'world-leading' (rated the maximum 4*) and 95% of the School's Built Environment research and 90% of the School's Civil Engineering research is of an international standard (rated 2*, 3* or 4*).
In addition to teaching and research staff, we have large team of experienced technicians and a number of well equipped laboratories and computing facilities. Our School has recently undergone a £6 Million major extension which has enhanced both our teaching and research facilities. We now also have a purpose-built open-plan research hub with over 130 research students/assistants located close to academic support. Our separate open-plan laboratory, with over 2,000 square metres of floor space provides facilities for the areas of building services, concrete, hydraulics, public health, soil mechanics, strength of materials, and structures.
In addition to our extensive research groups, the School hosts four research centres:
the Centre for Innovative and Collaborative Construction Engineering (CICE),
the European Construction Institute (ECI),
the London-Loughborough Centre for Doctoral Research in Energy Demand (CDT),
and the Water, Engineering and Development Centre (WEDC).