Water, Engineering and Development Centre

About WEDC

The Water, Engineering and Development Centre (WEDC) is one of the world's leading education and research institutes for developing knowledge and capacity in water and sanitation for sustainable development and emergency relief.

Developing knowledge and capacity in water and sanitation

Founded in 1971, WEDC is based in the School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering at Loughborough University, one of the top UK universities.

We are committed to the provision of effective, evidence-based and appropriate solutions for the improvement of basic infrastructure and essential services for people living in low- and middle-income countries. With over 45 years of experience, we offer expert advice and quality learning opportunities for sector professionals.

Our approach promotes the integration of social, technical, economic, institutional and environmental activities as foundations for sustainable development.

WEDC engages in three main activities. We offer:

  • Education and training opportunities, at postgraduate level and for professional development
  • Applied research and consultancy
  • Outreach – access to high quality technical information and support through our international conferences and publications available in print or to download free of charge

What our students say

Having recently completed an undergraduate degree, Ross McQueen describes his experience of studying for an MSc at WEDC and the opportunities it presents for a career in international development. Find more reflections about what it means to study with WEDC from the link below.