The Urban Water Technology Centre

The Urban Water Technology Centre has been established since August 1993. It developed from the activities of a group of staff at the University of Abertay Dundee, who were carrying out research and consultancy work associated with water, wastewater and environmental management. This has resulted in valuable links being established between academia and industry, which continue to be expanded and reinforced. The Centre also obtains support from other specialists within the University, for example chemistry, computing, microbiology, as well as a broad range of civil and environmental engineers.

The Centre's stated mission is to provide a service to the water industry (in the UK and overseas) in three main areas: research, academic and consultancy.

Summary of Skills

In the many projects carried out to date, the Urban Water Technology Centre has been highly successful in combining academic skills with commercial expertise.

The Centre specialises in:

  • Sustainable urban drainage systems (SUDS)
  • Water and wastewater treatment and management
  • Waste treatment and management
  • Anaerobic digestion technology
  • Environmental Management Systems

The Centre runs a MSc programme in Energy, Water and Environmental Management. It also provides short and continuous professional development (CPD) courses in:

  • SUDS
  • water pollution control
  • environmental management systems
  • environmental impact assessment
  • anaerobic digestion technology
  • wastewater treatment and management


The Centre has provided advice and assistance to a broad range of clients including water companies and authorities, local authorities, manufacturers and private sector companies involved in the construction and civil engineering industries.


Professor Joseph Akunna

Urban Water Technology Centre
School of Science, Engineering & Technology,
Abertay University,

E-mail: j.akunna@abertay.ac.uk
E-mail: uwtc@abertay.ac.uk
Website: http://uwtc.abertay.ac.uk

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