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Students undertaking the Construction Engineering Master of Studies degree (CEM) presented their evidence-based research at the 11th annual dissertation conference on Friday, 15 September 2023. 

The CEM dissertation conference is becoming a critical conference for the industry, showing continued growth year-on-year as a highly relevant and targeted audience gathers for the opportunity to engage with the latest industry-relevant research and future leaders. This gathering of experts interested in improving the performance, efficiency and sustainability of the industry creates an exciting and productive event that has the potential to transform the future of construction.

This event is a unique opportunity to learn about new research outcomes that tackle construction industry challenges and presents the culmination of one cohort’s research – this year, cohort 11, who started the programme in 2021. It allows each student to present findings from their dissertation research and answer questions from the audience on a range of key issues facing the construction industry.

Some of the topics included:

•        How must we adapt to the changing skills needs of the industry?

•        How can we accelerate our efforts to decarbonise infrastructure?

•        How can we break down barriers to improve project performance and individual wellbeing?

By applying academic rigour to their existing experience and expertise, CEM students are able to produce evidence-based research that addresses key issues within the industry, directly aligned to the needs and realities of the industry, forming the basis for real, practical change.

For further information about the Construction Engineering Masters degree, please visit our website.

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