Academic Community

The Academic Community is a group for anyone who delivers teaching at a university. We aim to embed sustainable human development within the engineering curriculum at universities throughout the UK.

EWB-UK offers support to academics and universities through the following programmes:


The EWB Challenge

The EWB Challenge is a design programme for first and second year university undergraduates. The students work in teams to develop conceptual designs for engineering projects identified by EWB 's community partners. For more information see or contact


Research Programme

The Research Programme supports students and research supervisors in carrying out research on behalf of international development organisations. Over the past three years the Research Team have supported around 250 research projects, involving around 420 individuals, 28 partner organisations, 56 different academic institutions, a small team of volunteers and one staff member - we think that's a pretty good achievement!

We support research at undergraduate, masters and doctoral level.  For more information see EWB-UK's dedicated Research Portfolio webpage or contact


Global Dimension of Engineering Education (GDEE) project

The GDEE project is implemented by a consortium of partners which include universities and non-governmental organisations that work together to maximise resources and increase awareness of academics and students regarding sustainable human development in technical universities.

The GDEE project provides both training courses and materials that assist academics in their teaching and research supervision, see below for more details. To find about more about the GDEE project and the benefits it can provide you and your students, watch EWB-UK's video:


Academic Training 

EWB-UK provides regular training days as on-going opportunities for academics to learn about issues in international development and how they impact on engineering, as well as on-going support for academics in incorporating sustainable human development issues into engineering education. For more information contact

The next Academic Training Days will be:

Week commencing 15th September 2014 - London

Week commencing 15th September 2014 - Edinburgh

(More details to follow soon...)

The Global Dimensions in Engineering Education (GDEE) project also offers nine free courses for all European teachers or researchers in engineering, technical or science-based courses. Courses will be delivered through e-learning over 2014. The first course starts on March 31st and the last course starts on October 20th. You can join at any time and access course material for all past courses. See the GDEE website for more information and to register.: 


Academic Materials

EWB-UK develops educational materials to support teaching at universities, for example lectures and case studies. This is an on-going process and more material will be publicised as and when available. For more information or to contribute contact Current resources available:

Current Academic Materials

GDEE (2011) project online resource database: A searchable collection of a range of resources (books, videos, presentations and case studies) identified and collated by the GDEE project
EWB-UK's student branch training resource area:  Handover Packs from workshops, role plays and training events are provided here for use by branches and many would be useful for academics too.
EWB-UK Introduction to Development resource pack (activities from January 2014 training day): See below for attachment

GDEE (2014) project case studies:

Coming in August 2014!


Guest Speakers

EWB-UK has a pool of guest speakers available to give lectures to students on aspects of engineering in international development, disaster relief and sustainable development. Lecture topics can be designed around your needs. To request a speaker contact


The outreach program allows engineering students to visit schools to run workshops which inspire today’s youth to engineer a fairer future. For more information visit To get your students involved contact Emma Thomas, Outreach Coordinator


Where to meet us!

Information of engineering education conferences where you can find EWB in 2014 will be posted here soon...

Or request a visit from the EWB-UK Research and Learning team by contacting Katie Cresswell-Maynard, Head of Research, Learning and Innovation