Masters by Research: Post-consumer waste streams - developing a circular economy

Lancaster University - Centre for Global Eco-Innovation

Get paid to do a Masters with the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation at Lancaster University, University of the Year 2018, and Cumbria Recycling Ltd.

One year enterprise-led funded Masters by Research: Ref.No. 84

  • Get paid £15,000 tax-free
  • Have your tuition fees reduced. Your partner company pays £2,000 towards your fees, meaning UK/EU students pay £2,260, and International students pay £15,945.
  • Be part of the multi award winning Centre for Global Eco-Innovation with a cohort of 50 talented graduates working on exciting business-led R&D.
  • The Centre is based at Lancaster University, so you will gain your Masters from a Top Ten University, recognised as The Sunday Times University of the Year 2018.
  • Finish in a strong position to enter a competitive job market in the UK and overseas.

Deriving value from waste and promoting a transition to a circular economy is one of the greatest challenges of the current generation.  We cannot keep taking, using and throwing away valuable materials.

This project offers the opportunity to gain a Masters qualification working in collaboration with a leading recycling company.  Understanding gained through this project will be much in demand as manufacturers and retailers seek innovative new ways to recover material from waste streams.  The project degree fees are sponsored, and you are paid a stipend whilst undertaking the research.

WRAP data (2012) suggests 85% of UK mattresses end up in landfill.  This is not sustainable. Mattress collection and recycling is labour intensive, due to variable design and the heterogeneous nature of post-consumer feedstock. This project seeks to identify and optimise engineering approaches capable of delivering improvements in mattress reuse/recycling/recovery rates. The emphasis is to recover value or convert waste materials into products which have a real market value.

Working with academics in the Engineering department and in collaboration with the company, you will use experimental and analytical engineering skills to investigate novel approaches for the processing and re-use of mattress materials. Graduates with an interest in sustainability and at least an upper second-class degree in Chemical/Process, Materials, Mechanical Engineering or a related discipline are encouraged to apply for the project.

Enterprise and collaborative partners
This Masters by Research is a collaborative research project between Lancaster University with supervision by Dr Sarah Green, Prof Andrew Kennedy and Cumbria Recycling Ltd.

Cumbria Recycling Limited is one of Cumbria’s leading recycling companies. Processing over 2,000 tonnes annually of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) for re-use and sorting for recycling of raw materials. The project will also have input from a major bed manufacturer and Furniture Re-use Network member organisations.

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This project is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund and is subject to confirmation of funding. For further information about the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation, please see our website.

Deadline: Sunday 17th June 2018
Start: October 2018

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