The 2-day course explains how water quality is regulated in the UK and EU, outlines the UK approach to permitting and compliance, and introduces the policy shift towards integrated catchment management. Read more Read less

The course provides an overview of the policies and procedures governing the quality of environmental waters and waste water in the UK. It is aimed at current and future practitioners, regulators and conservationists who require a detailed understanding of EU water regulations and guidance on how to navigate the UK permitting process.

Course delegates are provided a comprehensive overview of the following essential topics in water quality planning and regulation:

  • Chemical and Biological Water Quality Standards
  • UK and EU Regulatory Principles and Law
  • EU Directives: Water Framework, Urban Waste Water,  Industrial Emissions
  • Water Quality Planning: approaches, monitoring, modelling
  • Permitting: IPPC/Water/Waste, regulations, permitting application and processes
  • UK Water Industry Regulation

Developed in partnership with the Foundation for Water Research (FWR) and is accredited by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM), the course is taught by a team of academic researchers from Cranfield University and current and former UK regulators and policy-makers.

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • DurationTwo days
  • LocationCranfield campus
  • Cost


Course structure

The course will be delivered via lectures and workshops at Cranfield University’s main campus.

What you will learn

On successful completion of this short course you will be able to:

  • Explain the current approach to water quality planning and regulation in the UK
  • Describe how EU regulations are translated into UK policy
  • List the key EU Directives, their regulatory functions and timelines for implementation
  • Identify the steps to permitting for water quality in the UK and repercussions for violation of water quality standards
  • Link WFD planning with goals of other EU directives
  • Outline the wider environmental and social-economic issues related to catchment-based water quality management, and approaches
  • Locate all relevant policy and regulatory documents
  • Understand how regulation links to the implementation of research and the need for ongoing dialogue on these issues.

Who should attend

This course is highly relevant to a wide range of practitioners, managers, consultants and scientists in the public, private and third-sector, including those involved in:

  • Environmental/water regulation at the local authority, national and international levels
  • Water supply and waste water treatment
  • Management of waste streams from industry
  • Nature conservation  Rivers Trusts and environmental NGOs
  • Academic research.


Accredited by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) for career and professional development


  • Dr Robert Grabowski - Course Tutor
  • Dr Martin Griffiths is an expert in water quality strategy, regulation and policy. He was Head of Water Quality Policy in the Environment Agency and latterly Deputy Director of Regulation in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in London. He is a Visiting Professor of water policy at Cranfield University.
  • Mr Chris Chubb is an expert in water regulation and permitting. Whilst working for the Environment Agency and its predecessors, he was the principal policy expert developing the Agency’s water quality permitting policy, procedures, and guidance.
  • Dr Pablo Campo-Moreno
  • Dr Heather Smith

External speakers in recent years have included:


  • Dr Tony Warn, MBE
  • Ifeanyi Chukwujekwu (Marine Management Organisation)
  • Peter Cosgrove (Marine Management Organisation)
  • Judy England (Environment Agency)
  • Martin Fairley (ACO Technologies plc)
  • Barrie Howe (Environment Agency)
  • Anu Palmer (Alpheus Environmental Ltd)


  • Dr Tony Warn, MBE
  • Lauren Billington (Environment Agency)
  • Amanda MacLean (Environment Agency)
  • Theo Thomas (London Waterkeeper)
  • Andrew Walker (Yorkshire Water)

Accommodation options and prices

This is a non-residential course. If you would like to book accommodation on campus, please contact Mitchell Hall or Cranfield Management Development Centre directly. Further information regarding our accommodation on campus can be found here.

Alternatively you may wish to make your own arrangements at a nearby hotel.

Location and travel

Cranfield University is situated in Bedfordshire close to the border with Buckinghamshire. The University is located almost midway between the towns of Bedford and Milton Keynes and is conveniently situated between junctions 13 and 14 of the M1.

London Luton, Stansted and Heathrow airports are 30, 90 and 90 minutes respectively by car, offering superb connections to and from just about anywhere in the world.

Further location and travel details

Location address

Cranfield University
College Road
MK43 0AL

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