Student Chapters - General Information

Salford, University of .., School of the Built Environment, United Kingdom



The School of the Built Environment (SoBE) is a world leading, professionally accredited and life-long learning community of scholars of global reach, working in unison with learners across all levels of study and research, and lifelong learning professionals and organisations committed to making a difference to the sector. 

The School has been leading the research agenda in the built environment for more than 20 years, continuously rated top in the national Research Assessment Exercises. SoBE continues its leading position in the QS World Ranking list of the world's top 50 universities, after the prestigious international university rankings organisation Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) placed the School 36th in the World and 5th in the UK (QS rankings, 2017). The rankings highlight the world’s top universities in 36 individual subjects based on academic reputation and research impact. 

Postgraduate research students are fundamental to our research activities, culture and ethos. With very high employability successes and one of the largest global cohorts of PhD students, many of our graduates are already making a difference in industry and also in academia, by holding leadership positions in organisations and academic institutions across the world. Within SoBE’s postgraduate community many of the activities currently being undertaken are comparable to those recommended to be provided by a CIB Student Chapter, and members of SoBE are active on the various Commissions of the CIB.

SoBE welcomes the challenge and opportunity that a CIB Student Chapter offers within their research environment and is prepared to provide the resources necessary for the CIB Student Chapter to flourish. SoBE’s postgraduates embrace the concept of a CIB Student Chapter and wish to interact with other Student Chapters across the world.

Bespoke Training

There is an extensive range of training and support for the postgraduate researcher at Salford to take advantage of. The Salford Postgraduate & Staff Research Training (SPoRT) programme is designed to help students develop the skills needed for effective research and transferable skills to enhance employability, whether this is for a career in academia or elsewhere in the public or private sectors.

Each of our postgraduate students is assigned a supervisor from the School who is well experienced and active in the same area of research, a co-supervisor or a local advisor, and a personal tutor who will offer support and guidance when needed. 

Each month the postgraduates and researchers meet informally to discuss issues regarding their research, facilities and opportunities.

A fortnightly workshop is conducted on research methodologies and skills as part of SoBE's Doctoral Training Programme. These workshops focus on the practicalities of research and include guest speakers who provide examples of research in industrial contexts.

Researchers and postgraduates are encouraged to attend and deliver papers on their research at a range of events and conferences, including SoBE’s biennial International Postgraduate Research Conference (IPGRC) and CIB Working Commission and Task Group events and conferences. Wherever possible, SoBE endeavours to provide support to enable attendance at such events.

Our programmes are designed to reflect the latest thinking and practice in the respective disciplines, engaging in quality, advanced, cutting-edge and impactful research. SoBE’s research is primarily focused within the following areas: Sustainability; Construction process management; Disaster management; Smart Cities, Energy and Construction information technology. Students will have access to the School’s state of the art facilities, including the ThinkLab and the Salford Energy House.




The Salford CIB Student Chapter aims to enhance postgraduate students' skills, particularly in regards to international collaboration and information exchange concerning research and innovation in the built environment. Chapter’s objectives include:

To provide opportunities to further improve relationships among postgraduate researchers
To identify and exploit opportunities on developing our skills and capabilities
To expand our research networks within and among student chapters
To promote the awareness of CIB and CIB Student Chapters


The main aim of the Salford CIB Student Chapter is to engage SoBE’s PG researchers in mutually beneficial tasks in a collaborative spirit and transfer knowledge catering to the upliftment of PG research. Activities will include organising a series of student focused academic workshops and seminars; organising social and sport events like International Food festival and football tournament; developing research projects that is useful to PGR community, carry out and dissemination of findings; organsing competitions such as 3 minute thesis; and carry out frequent publications like conference/ journal papers, Newsletters etc. 


All postgraduate research students in the School automatically become CIB Student Chapter members upon registration.


SoBE allocates sufficient funds for CIB student chapter to carry out their activities. For example, annually school sponsors a PGR student for an international conference, selected through a competition.  


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