Senior Road Executives Programme

Senior Road Executives Programme

Senior Road Executives Programme:

Modules and Topics

  • Road Sector Reforms and Financing
  • Road Services Procurement and Integrity
  • Road Maintenance Management
  • Road Safety

You can choose to attend the entire course or any combination of the above modules.

For almost twenty years, the Senior Road Executive Programme has been providing continuing professional development for senior professionals working in the road sector and, by so doing, contributed to the dissemination of knowledge and expertise and facilitated the implementation of modern approaches to the management and financing of road networks world-wide.

The Programme, run by the University of Birmingham in collaboration with the International Road Federation (IRF) in Geneva, consists of four linked, 3-day, intensive residential courses delivered by experts of international repute. 

The programme helps you to:

  • Learn about the latest developments in Road Sector Reforms and Financing, Road Sector Integrity and procurement, Road Safety and Road Maintenance Management
  • Participate in lively debates and discussions
  • Discover solutions to problems faced in your country
  • Network with like-minded senior road professionals from all over the world
  • Gain the IRF's prestigious Certificate on Sustainable Roads.


The Course will be held in the School of Civil Engineering, which lies at the heart of the University of Birmingham's beautiful Edgbaston Campus.

The Highways Group within the School of Civil Engineering, which organises the Senior Road Executives Programme has an international reputation as the premier group specialising in highway management and engineering. It offers a number of other technical courses in the areas of Road SafetyHDM4Rural Roads and the world-renowned MSc course in Road Management and Engineering

The Programme consists of four linked, 3-day, intensive residential modules.

The Programme is structured so that delegates may attend any number of modules. Those who attend all four will be eligible for the IRF's prestigious Certificate of Sustainable Roads.

Modules and Topics

  • Road Sector Reforms and Financing
    International Practice; Sectoral Roles; Ownership and Responsibility; Road Boards; Governance; Politics; Green Transport; Urban Roads; Road Funding
    Module Leader: Dr H Evdorides
  • Road Services Procurement and Integrity
    Accountability; Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs); Micro-enterprises; Road User Charges; Integrity; Performance Based Contracts
    Module Leader: Dr H Evdorides
  • Road Maintenance Management
    Data Collection; Diagnosis; Treatment Selection; Prioritization; Decision Support Systems; Sustainability; Environment; Rural Roads
    Module Leader: Dr M Burrow
  • Road Safety
    Economics; Low Cost Measures; Vulnerable Road Users; Strategies and Policy; Safety Audits; International Practices; Road Safety Campaigns; Drivers Training and Standards; Safer Vehicles
    Module Leader: Dr H Evdorides

You can choose to attend the entire course or any combination of the above modules.

Why attend?

The courses have been specially designed to disseminate recent cutting edge advances in sustainable roads. The format of interactive plenary sessions, case studies, question and answer times and site visits will enable you to:

  • learn new concepts;
  • discuss pertinent issues;
  • interact and network with experts and fellow delegates;
  • identify solutions to problems faced in your country, and;
  • share experiences.

Who should attend

The four professional development courses are specifically designed for senior road executives, members of road boards, government officials dealing with the road sector, staff from international donor organisations, and consultants working on the road sector. The courses provide an opportunity to interact with senior road managers from other countries, staff from donor organisations, members of consulting firms and staff involved in restructuring road management and finance. Examples presented in the past have included emerging good practice from both developed and developing countries covering Africa, Asia, Central and South America, Oceania and Europe. Participants can choose to attend 1, 2, 3 or all 4 courses.

Language: English

Course leaderDr H Evdorides, University of Birmingham

Related staff

Fees and funding

Duration of the course: 12-day course consisting of four 3-day modules 
Dates: 20 June-2 July 2016

2016 Course fees:

  • 1 module - £2,300
  • Any 2 modules - £3,400
  • Any 3 modules - £4,500
  • 4 modules - £5,600

Including daytime refreshments, lunch, a dinner per module and course material.
Accommodation is also included for bookings paid for by 6 May 2016. Accommodation is for one person: 1 module = 4 nights free; 2 modules = 8 nights free, 3 modules = 11 nights free; 4 modules = 14 nights free.


Accommodation is included in the cost of the course fees for bookings paid for by 6 May 2016.

The accommodation includes:

  • One single room per delegate
  • Internet access
  • An "all-you-can-eat" breakfast buffet

Please note that the accommodation commences on the night before the module begins and ends on the morning after the module is due to finish. Delegates are responsible for all other costs incurred during their stay in the hotel, such as additional nights, telephone calls, use of the mini bar.

How to apply


All enquiries to:

SRE Administrator
School of Civil Engineering
University of Birmingham
Birmingham, B15 2TT, UK
Tel: (+44) (0)121 414 4191
Fax: (+44) (0)121 414 7484

By the end of the course, the participants are expected to have acquired an understanding of the main building-blocks of road sector reforms, financing and management which are vital for roads to be sustainable, namely:

  • Establishing responsibility through regulatory and institutional reform
  • Providing adequate, stable and continuous financing though innovative mechanisms
  • Introducing modern concepts of procurement together with anti-corruption measures
  • Applying fundamental asset management principles and appropriate technology for road maintenance
  • Identifying appropriate policies, strategies, plans and countermeasures to improve road safety

The course includes practical exercises, workshops, discussions and exposure to international models. The course is delivered in the state-of-the-art teaching and learning facilities of the University of Birmingham.

The SRE course has been designed specifically to meet the needs of the international road sector to allow maximum career opportunities. Participants in this course are normally working in both the public and private road sector in the UK or overseas, including road managers, planners, engineers and consultants. 

The course provides training that promotes changes in the road sector by providing opportunities

  • To learn about cutting-edge, forward-looking and advanced concepts, principles, approaches, methodologies and systems
  •  To discuss, share and exchange knowledge and experience from all over the world
  •  To facilitate networking of the delegates so that they can drive the changes required

Since the road professional is chosen to fill a position with responsibility for decisions related to technical, financial, environmental and social aspects of road network and operations development together with the overall management and administration of road management projects or procedures, the course is directed to satisfying these needs.