Each year students select and work on proposed project by academics, NGOs and industry partners or can develop their own for the module IL918 Project which takes place over a 3 month period in the summer term. On 12-13 September 2019, our first cohort of students delivered both oral and poster presentations showcasing their dissertations. Here are some examples of the wide ranging topics and collaborations our students undertook:
MSc Humanitarian Engineering Induction
On October 1 2019, we welcomed our second cohort of MSc Humanitarian Engineering Students to Warwick! This is a truly interdisciplinary group as students have previously studied Business, Chemistry, Engineering, Global Sustainable Development, History, Human Resource Management, Liberal Arts, Life Sciences, Management, Physics, Psychology, Politics and International Relations, Social Work, Sociology, among other subjects. We wish them a successful and fulfilling academic year.
Humanitarian Engineering: Ethics, Theory, Practice (module IL909) is the first module on our MSc which introduces students to humanitarian engineering from ethical, cultural, and practical perspectives. Students received lectures from esteemed colleagues in Engineering and Law and welcomed guest speakers from the University of Cambridge and RedR UK. On Thursday 10 October, 2019 students got certified in an Introduction to Humanitarian Standards and Principles through training delivered by RedR UK and heard first-hand experiences from field practitioners, Imogen Wall and Roba Suleiman.
Student Spotlight: Congratulations to Megan Smith on her new role as Consultant at global development company DAI
Megan undertook the MSc in Humanitarian Engineering with Management this past academic year. Her thesis project looked at the programme management of installing a water pump and tower system, and a placenta pit, for the Yemoah Town Community Health Centre in Bo, Sierra Leone. Alongside her studies, Megan also participated in The Washington Ireland Program which inspires and develops promising leaders through an exceptional program committed to building a future of peace and prosperity for Northern Ireland and Ireland. Following completion of her modules and dissertation, Megan has accepted the role of Consultant at DAI, whose mission is to make a lasting difference in the world by helping people improve their lives. We wish Megan much success in her endeavours!
Applications for the 2020/21 academic year are now open! For more information and to apply please visit our Taught Course Applications. For programme specific queries, please contact Victoria.Jelicic@warwick.ac.uk to arrange a meeting in person or via video-conferencing.
This year our programme awarded 14 Warwick alumni 10% in fee reductions and 4 students were recipients of the £1000 School of Engineering Taught Masters Scholarship.
Funding opportunities can be viewed here.
Humanitarian Engineering Residential Course 2019
For the second year the School of Engineering is excited to have held a successful humanitarian engineering residential course on campus, 8-11 July 2019. The course was created and led by Professor Georgia Kremmyda and run in collaboration with Smallpeice Trust.
For the four days 60 Year 12 pupils joined us to experience how humanitarian engineering can tackle global challenges related to disasters, sustainable cities, energy, water and global health.
The participants attended talks, workshops and laboratory demonstrations delivered by leading Warwick academics from the School of Engineering, the Warwick Medical School, the Institute for Advanced Teaching and Learning, and the Institute for Global Sustainable Development. The participants carried out practical humanitarian activities in the Engineering Build Space to experience how it is to tackle complex and emerging real-life challenges.
The course was proudly sponsored by The Ove Arup Foundation.
Building Shelters for the Preservation of Life and Alleviation of Suffering
On 16 May 2019 our humanitarian engineering students had the opportunity to build a variety of emergency shelters on campus by using naturally sourced materials such as bamboo. They had the opportunity to work as a member of a small team to efficiently construct, in the field, an emergency shelter, practicing every aspect of the construction process, from preparing the materials provided to assembling structural frames and attaching roof covers. You can watch a video of our field course here!!
Students get certified by RedR UK
On May 14th students received training in the Essentials of Humanitarian Practice by RedR UK who provide expert support to solve humanitarian crises. In the session on ‘Individual Responsibility’, they considered some of the challenging situations that aid workers can face and the responsibility of the individual to act in an appropriate manner. Responding appropriately to a particular situation requires certain personal skills and by using role plays the students were able to practise these skills and identify potential coping strategies.
Student Spotlight: Yagmur Masmas speaks at the European Parliament
Yagmur Masmas, student of the MSc Humanitarian Engineering with Sustainability , gave a talk about the challenges and rewards of opening her own business (Greenstory) on 30 April 2019 at the European Parliament, as part of the EU Youth Week. Yagmur shared her experience from the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs programme. The programme is an EU funded exchange programme in which young entrepreneurs receive guidance from established entrepreneurs living and working in a different EU country. Her talk aimed at motivating young entrepreneurs to start their own sustainable business and shared her experience of the challenges and rewards she faced when establishing Greenstory for creating positive impact.
Yagmur's interest is in sustainable innovation. She co-founded the company Greenstory , which markets erasable notebooks and planners, vegan leather and zero waste products. Greenstory aims to positively impact the world by allowing customers to live greener and by integrating sustainability throughout the company’s value chain.
Yagmur Masmas, MSc Humanitarian Engineering with Sustainability at the University of Warwick (Left); Marco Lacuitto, Session Moderator and Deputy Secretary General and EU Project Manager at the Belgio-Italian Chamber of Commerce, Katerina Nejdlova, Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs Project Manager European Commission, Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (right)
Congratulations to Course Director Dr Georgia Kremmyda
Amongst many impressive achievements, Professor Kremmyda has led on the development of the interdisciplinary MSc programme and convenes our modules on Humanitarian Engineering: Ethics, Theory and Practices; Sustainable Cities and Infrastructures for Emergencies and One Humanity; Shared Responsibility.
Today Dr Elena Riva who leads our Water and Environmental Management module will collect her Butterworth Memorial Teaching Award
Elena has also been awarded the Warwick Award for Teaching and Learning (WATE) award, which recognises staff who have made a difference in learning and teaching and reward outstanding, inspirational teachers.
APPLYING FOR ACCOMMODATION 2018/2019 -
To make an application for postgraduate accommodation you will need a full time, full year firm or conditional offer of study at Warwick. To make your application you will need:
- Your Warwick University number (this can be found in your offer email)
- To have fully read and understood our allocation policy and accommodation options for new postgraduate students for the 2018/19 academic year
- Applied through the appropriate process if you have any specific accommodation requirements, including health and disability needs
The deadline for priority applications is 31 July 2018 so please make sure you have submitted your application by this date.
You could receive £5000 towards the cost of studying with us, with one of 20 scholarships!
Application deadline is the 29th June, so you will need to apply soon.
You can find more information here.
Promotional Video Recordings
Humanitarian Engineering- Promotional Filming
This week we are excited to be partnering with a creative company in producing some short promotional videos for our Humanitarian Engineering course.
We hope that these videos will give our audience a greater understanding of our vision and what we expect our students will achieve. We look forward to presenting them in the coming weeks- watch this space!
Will you be part of the diversity? Our latest application brings our total number of nationalities represented to 15! With their varied academic & work experiences, it looks a very diverse cohort!
We are still accepting applications, join us to become confident when conversing and interacting through multiple perspectives and develop your capacity to think critically and intelligently when approaching complex global issues.
Tesco launches "unforgettable bag" in Kuala Lumpur in an effort to shift away from single-use plastic bags and reduce pollution.
We follow this idea of what our global responsibility is to respond to the humanitarian challenges we face.
In Yemen, Another Generation Is Being Lost To Conflict”. Shockingly it highlights almost half a million children in Yemen are facing the harsh reality of being stripped of their chance for education due to the conflict.