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Centre for Waste Management

The Centre for Waste Management (CWM) was established in 2002 to provide a focus for existing waste/environmental research, consultancy and course provision at the University of Central Lancashire. We are actively engaged in producing world-class research.

The Centre provides a range of business services designed to increase your efficiency, productivity and improve environmental performance. Alongside this we have also developed a series of courses which address shortfalls in current training provisions for a range of different needs within waste management.

Expertise and Subject Areas

The Centre for Waste Management was established to provide a focus for existing waste/environmental research and course provision at the University of Central Lancashire. Our staff are highly qualified experts in their chosen field and experienced in working with the public and private sectors. We provide internationally recognised formal postgraduate qualifications in addition to business-focused short courses and bespoke training.

UCLan has provided postgraduate waste management courses since 1991 and has over 150 graduates. Our graduates are now working both in the UK and overseas in senior positions in waste operation and regulation within the private, statutory and voluntary sectors. Others are developing successful careers in related fields of environmental management and industry.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Waste Minimisation, Re-use and Recycling
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Implementation of Legislation
  • Construction Waste
  • Environmental Management Systems (EMS)
  • Life Cycle Assessments
  • Carbon Management
  • Legal Compliance
  • Waste Logistics
  • WEEE/Electronics
  • Carbon and Carbon Management


The vision for CWM is that it will become the recognised regional centre for research and development on waste, environmental management and pollution control. The objectives of CWM are to:

  • Become recognised as a regional, national and international authority on the management of waste and pollution.
  • To achieve national recognition within five years and to start to build an international reputation over the same time period.
  • Provide education and training for graduates and practitioners in the waste management and environmental protection industries.
  • Provide a base for visiting academics and subject specialists from the industrial and public sectors from both the UK and abroad.
  • Facilitate co-operation between members and professional bodies, industry, regulators and the environmental research community.
  • Develop a culture of research excellence and identity that attracts students and funding opportunities; Undertake quality academic and market-focused research in key specialised areas.
  • Increase awareness of, and interest in, waste management through the delivery of short-courses, conferences, workshops and consultancy.

Courses and Postgraduate Study

Waste management is an important and fast moving industry, vital to any nation's health, environment and economic wellbeing. This programme of courses was developed in close consultation with professional bodies within the waste industry, and seeks to meet their current and future needs.

UCLan Study Tour

Masters courses available – Full-time and part-time courses starting January and September in the following areas:

CIWM Construction Waste Awareness

The course covers all of the basic waste issues of the standard WAC course. In addition the material has been tailored to the construction/demolition industry where appropriate and includes additional material relating to the following topics:

  • The construction waste chain and its influence on resources and wastes management
  • Skip standards
  • Site Waste Management Plans (introduction)
  • Duty of Care
  • Exemptions

CIWM Waste Awareness

The Waste Awareness Certificate is an initiative from the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM). The CIWM Waste Awareness Certificate has been designed for all employees and not just those who may have a direct responsibility for dealing with waste. It is therefore suitable for staff at all levels and across all sections of an organisation, whether they are involved in a manufacturing, retail or a service process.

CIWM Healthcare Awareness

The CIWM’s new version of the Waste Awareness Certificate for those working within the healthcare industry is now available. Building on the standard version of the Waste Awareness Certificate, this new version contextualises the main principles of the course into the healthcare sector where appropriate.

Food & Drink Industry Resource Solutions

This is a unique series of training workshops for the food and drink manufacturing industry from the University of Central Lancashire. Developed with the assistance of the industry, workshops address shortfalls in current training provisions and focus on waste and associated legislation, new technologies and resource efficiency. Individual workshops can be undertaken as part of any CPD programme. However an additional feature which bridges the gap between workplace learning and academic qualifications has been developed. On completion of 10 workshops a portfolio can be submitted in order to gain a certificate. These 20 credit certificates counts as a level 4 module towards a degree programme.

Waste Resource Optimisation in Food Processing

This Certificate’s programme is primarily geared towards those in the food industry who want to obtain a combined knowledge of food industry waste and resource solutions. It is designed to enhance your career prospects by the application of scientific expertise to practical, business and managerial situations, and the understanding, implementation and response to rapidly evolving policies, interventions and market opportunities.

Constructing Solutions for the Low Carbon Economy

With the aid of all relevant sectors of the industry, the University of Central Lancashire has developed a series of dynamic workshops that will enhance the continuing professional development, and employment opportunities of personnel employed in the field of engineering construction, focusing on the low carbon economy. Each workshop will be aimed at a different aspect of the knowledge required to make an informed judgement and ensure the suitability of a particular technology as a solution to the identified need.

Application for CPD courses should be made directly to the Centre for Waste Management:

Centre for Waste Management
School of Built and Natural Environment
Kirkham Building KM110
University of Central Lancashire
Preston PR1 2HE
Tel: +44 (0) 1772 893963


Dr Karl S. Williams, Director of the Centre for Waste Management.

Dr Chris Lowe, Senior Lecturer in Waste and Environmental Management

Gus Glover, Researcher

PhD Students

Paul Dumble

Sneha Dhemale

Alick Bulala Muvundika

Eco-Innovation Cumbria ERDF Project (2016-2020)

The Eco-Innovation Cumbria project aims to support SMEs to improve their efficiency, grow capacity and develop new solutions for industry. A range of short to long term interventions are being developed. The project brings together expertise from the University of Central Lancashire, Cumbria University and Lancaster University.

Find out more about this project