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Brunel awarded Environment Agency contract to deliver flood engineering degree


The Environment Agency has awarded Brunel University London the contract to teach a Foundation Degree, BSc and MSc in Flood and Coastal Engineering in partnership with HR Wallingford, world-leading experts in flood management, coastal engineering and climate change.

The programme will include academic teaching at Brunel and placements in the workplace.

Welcoming the partnership with the Environment Agency and HR Wallingford, Professor Tassos Karayiannis, Vice Dean (Education) at Brunel University London, said: “Working in partnership, we believe that we will deliver innovative courses to inspire the next generation of engineers to deal with the impacts of flooding and a changing climate.”

Steve Biddle, Environment Agency Deputy Director of Efficiency, Resilience and Skills, added: “We have a long legacy of investing in the skills and capabilities of current and emerging talent, to protect the country against the hazards we all face from flooding.

“Our new partnership with Brunel University London and HR Wallingford illustrates our ongoing commitment to the programme and indicates exciting times ahead.”

HR Wallingford’s Chief Technical Director, Dr Mike Dearnaley, said: “We look forward to developing the skills of a new generation of specialists in flood and coastal engineering. They will be equipped with both the knowledge and the practical experience needed to deal with the very real challenges posed by our current and future climate.”

Details about the course, which is subject to approval, will be available shortly. Students can register their interest in the new Foundation Degree, BSc and MSc in Flood and Coastal Engineering by emailing