Anglian Water and Imperial College have been working together to tackle today’s water challenges for the last 15 years. Anglian Waters goal is to encourage everyone to appreciate waters real value; to understand its place in the environment, its contribution to health and wellbeing, its use and disposal. Imperial Colleges’ experts in water and wastewater have been carrying out research in collaboration with Anglian Water to try and help achieve this goal.
The aim of the partnership is to inform and enhance investment decisions and derive future competitive advantage through higher income, lower capital costs, longer lifetimes, lower operating costs, and reduced risk. There are three driving factors for Anglian Water to enter into the research partnership:
- to reduce cost and risk;
- for new ideas and horizon scanning; and
- to develop skills, capability and profile.
Imperial College also greatly benefits from the engagement with business-relevant research challenges driving our research. The access to company knowledge and resources the partnership allows for has been vital to our work. The MSc programme in Environmental Technology profits from new ideas and contributions to teaching by Anglian Water staff while creating many new opportunities for the institution, its staff and students.
Background to the Partnership
Sparked by Anglian Water's ambition to strengthen and expand collaboration with the Environmental Quality Research Group, Centre for Environmental Policy, the Strategic Partnership expanded to cover more areas of research at Imperial in 2012 . The partnership has helped to consolidate the relationship and brought together key experts from Imperial College, Anglian Water and beyond to discuss current and emerging topics in the water industry. Anglian Water and the Centre for Environmental Policy, Imperial College can look back at over a decade of successful collaboration, led by Prof Steve Kaye (Head of Innovation, Anglian Water) and Dr Nick Voulvoulis (Reader in Environmental Technology). Another existing longstanding collaborator to the partnership is the Environmental and Water Resource Engineering (EWRE) group, based within the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
Central to the close relationship between the two insitutions, the role of the Anglian Water Research Coordinator allows for bespoke interaction between AW and Imperial, helping AW identify their short and long-term research needs whilst matching them with the right expertise at Imperial and working together to find appropriate solutions.