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Master by Research (MRes) Studentship: Reducing Carbon Impacts in the Aluminium Anodising Waste Sector - BCW Treatments

Chemistry/Process/Environmental Science.

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Project Title: Reducing Carbon Impacts in the Aluminium Anodising Waste Sector re. case study BCW Treatments

The Opportunity

Applications are invited for a Masters by Research (MRes) studentship in the Centre for Waste Management as part of the ERDF Eco I North West Project, within the School of Engineering at the University of Central Lancashire. The studentship is 12 months full time and will start on 1st July 2022. All costs associated with the programme are covered by ERDF Eco-I NW and UCLAN with the successful candidate being paid a stipend of £15,840.00 pa.

Project Description

The research will use industrial technology solutions and a case study approach to help BCW Treatments Ltd in reducing their carbon footprint. BCW Treatments is based in Burnley and is one of the largest anodising processing facilities globally.

The successful candidate will investigate the aluminium anodising waste the company produces and identify potential uses for this material as well as considering the cost implications of its use. At present the waste is sent to landfill. In considering alternative uses for the waste, the initial research will evaluate available data/options and will further investigate the implications of any hazards in using this waste. It will also consider the wider implications of waste being generated by other aluminium anodising facilities.

The project will begin with an initial analysis of the composition of the waste material and whether this has any circular economic route. This will set the company going on their mission to reducing their carbon footprint and the redirection of waste away from landfill.

It will be your role to support the business through knowledge transfer and help them to identify and prioritise the areas or barriers to becoming carbon neutral. Adopting a life cycle thinking approach, you'll explore other areas for reducing carbon impacts including costs associated and resource use in their products. The project will reduce the overall carbon footprint of the business resulting in tangible carbon savings in terms of tonnes of GHG emissions. 

Entry Requirements

We're looking for graduates with a Bachelor's degree in environmental science/chemistry/process engineering or related discipline (classification 2:2 and above).


  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Skilled in problem solving
  • Methodical with a good attention to detail
  • Clear, logical, and innovative thinker
  • Ability to work on own initiative or in a team
  • Good administration and organisation skills
  • Self-motivated.


  • Membership of appropriate professional body
  • Experience undertaking a substantial research project
  • Evidence of successful team project work
  • Experience of working with businesses.

How to apply

Closing Date: 12th June 2022
Proposed Interview Date: 17th June 2022 
Project Ref: Reference Number: RS/22/20

The funding of fees and the stipend is open to UK students and those students from overseas who have the appropriate visa which covers the research period and/or an indefinite right to remain in the UK.

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Opportunity Overview

  • Deadline: June 12th, 2022
  • Stipend of £15,840.00 pa
  • 2:2 and above
  • University of Central Lancashire
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Preferred Disciplines...

  • Chemistry
  • Environmental Science
  • Process

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