School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering


Brian Skinner BSc CNAA, MSc Loughborough, CEng, MICE

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Brian is a Programme Director at the Water, Engineering and Development Centre (WEDC) and is responsible for overseeing their ever-growing distance learning programme. His specialist areas are low-cost water supply (particularly handpumps, spring protection, rainwater harvesting and household-level water treatment) and low-cost sanitation. He has a passion for passing on knowledge and skills to equip people for work in water supply and sanitation in low- and middle-income countries. He is the author of the popular book 'Small-scale water supply' and a number of technical briefs. He has also contributed to WEDC's popular 'Guides'.

Brian teaches on seven WEDC postgraduate modules and is the Responsible Examiner for five of those. He oversees control systems to ensure that WEDC's course participants enjoy a high-quality learning experience, whether they study in Loughborough, or at home. He is also Responsible Examiner for the undergraduate module 'Civil Engineering in Developing Countries'.

Brian first became involved in development work in 1976 as a VSO volunteer in Malawi. Then, after nine years working in the UK with a combined practice of architects and consulting engineers (designing for UK and overseas projects) he studied for an MSc at WEDC. On graduation, this was followed, by two years' work in Uganda as a Project Engineer with WaterAid. In 1991 he joined WEDC since when, in addition to his Loughborough-based work, he has travelled extensively providing training and specialist advice in many countries.