United Kingdom Society for Trenchless Technology (UKSTT)

Education / Teaching


One of the constraints to the greater adoption of trenchless methods is the lack of awareness of them amongst the engineering community. This is partly due to the fact that very few students graduating from UK universities have any knowledge of the wide range of techniques currently available. Because of time constraints or lack of awareness by staff themselves, most university departments do not include trenchless methods in their curriculum. However, there are a few that do manage to find a few hours in the syllabus to give a broad overview of trenchless technology.

Universities that do have staff involved in trenchless technology or cover trenchless methods in their teaching programmes include Aberdeen, Bradford, Birmingham, City (London), East London, Liverpool John Moores, Napier (Edinburgh), Nottingham Trent, UMIST, Oxford, Portsmouth, and Swansea.

The UKSTT has helped to sponsor the development of the MSc programme in Pipeline Engineering at the University of East London (UEL). UKSTT members have been involved in teaching trenchless methods as part of this course.

The UKSTT can often provide guest lecturers to speak on various trenchless methods for other universities who are invited to contact Ian Vickridge (Vickridge@aol.com), the UKSTT Technical Secretary, if they would like to arrange such a lecture.

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