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Congratulations to WEDC students

On 14th March, the Module Review Board awarded 110 module passes. Some of these were for the final modules in students’ programmes, so subsequently, 12 students (2 Loughborough-based and 10 distance learners) passed through our Programme Boards. Eleven MScs (2 with distinctions and 4 with merits) and one Postgraduate Certificate were awarded. We congratulate these students on their achievements.

NEW: WEDC notes on WASH for smartphones and tablets

This collection of illustrated mobile notes on aspects of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in low- and middle-income countries has been designed for people on the move.

Composed especially for smartphones and tablets, they can be read online or downloaded free of charge.

The link takes you to the list of currently available titles including the WHO Technical Notes on Drinking-water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Emergencies.

Bookmark the link on your phone as the list updates periodically when new notes are added to the collection.

NEW: Water sampling and analysis – A series of four films

Sam Kayaga attends Livelihoods from Enhanced water Access for the Poor in Slums (LEAPS) workshop

 Sam Kayaga attends Livelihoods from Enhanced water Access for the Poor in Slums (LEAPS) – Project Inception Workshop.

The LEAPS project was launched on January 12th at the Makindye Urban Council, Kampala, Uganda. Working in collaboration with NWSC, this aims to holistically improve water security for the urban poor, by supporting poor and vulnerable households in slums, who are currently receiving only basic water services, working together with relevant stakeholder partners such as KCCA, WaterAid, Actogether, CIDI, SSA and Water for People. LEAPS is part of the REACH research programme managed by the University of Oxford.

40th WEDC International Conference

We hope that you are planning to join and celebrate our 40th WEDC International Conference to be hosted at home in Loughborough.

We welcome your contributions to our conference theme.
'Local Action with International Cooperation to Improve and Sustain Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Services'

See the call:

Contributions include:


Oral presentations where the presenter gives a 10 minute talk (with 10 minutes of questions) based on a conference paper and then answers questions from the audience. Talks on three or four similar subjects are grouped together.

'Espresso' presentations where up to six presenters each give a five minute talk supported by four PowerPoint slides, followed by five minutes of questions. After this there are discussions in small groups. These may not be timetabled in advance and can be submitted before or during the conference, subject to space being available, although due to increasing popularity it is preferable to secure a slot prior to the conference. These are reviewed for relevance, comprehensibility and length only.

Poster presentations where a poster is displayed for all or part of the conference and the presenter is available at fixed times to talk informally to delegates. Videos can also be shown during the breaks in the formal conference timetable.



Side events are a 1.5 hour slot in the programme. International agencies, programmes or projects share results, introduce new approaches, or consult with the conference audience on emerging topics in the sector, using various formats. We aim to include an exciting variety and balance of topics in our side event programme. There are side event opportunities on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. These are in high demand, so we ask conveners to download the proposal form and apply for these by 3rd March 2017.



Day four and day five of the conference are dedicated to capacity development workshops. We invite those involved in the development of capacity in the water, sanitation and hygiene sector to join us and demonstrate their skills and experience through the design and delivery of a high quality and relevant workshop, either as a half day or full day session.


The WEDC Conference Team

Click here for more information.

PhD success: Institutional Arrangements for Resource Recovery and Reuse in the Wastewater Sector

Congratulations to Alex Evans who has successfully completed her PhD, after making minor corrections.

Alex’s thesis was on: ‘Institutional Arrangements for Resource Recovery and Reuse in the Wastewater Sector’, and based on fieldwork in Bangalore (India) and Hanoi (Vietnam).

Alex was supervised by Mike Smith and Ian Smout


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