Partner 5: Loughborough University
Loughborough University (UK, Higher Education) has 3,000 employees and 12,000 students and has a growing reputation in both its teaching and research functions. Overall, it has participated in more than 100 EU projects and has strong links with a wide range of external public and private sector bodies. The Department of Civil and Building Engineering is one of the largest multi-disciplinary engineering faculties in the UK. It was awarded 22/24 for teaching quality in the last review by the Quality Assurance Agency - the highest awarded at that time. The Department was also awarded the top grading of 5* in the latest published Research Assessment Exercise. The European Union Research Group (EURG) within the Department has been involved in over 10 EU funded projects under FP4, FP5 and FP6. The Department of Social Sciences is one of the leading departments in this field within the UK and internationally. It's innovative research has received international recognition within the social sciences, including the award of the Queen's Anniversary Prize in 2005 for outstanding work at world-class level. The department has over 40 members of staff engaged in both teaching and research. The Department has achieved top ratings of 5a and 5*a in the Research Assessment Exercises over the past two decades.

Persons involved:
Dr Tarek Hassan, senior lecturer and Director of the EURG in the Department of Civil and Building Engineering. E - mail:

Andrew Dainty, professor of Construction Sociology in the Department of Civil and Building Engineering

Barbara Bagilhole, professor of Equal Opportunities and Social Policy in the Department of Social Sciences

Ms Abigail Powell, research Associate and member of the EURG in the Department of Civil and Building Engineering

"Research project funded by the European Commission in the 7th Framework Programme: "Science in Society"