Continuous Professional Development (CPD)

All of the modules taught within the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education programmes are available to study on a one-off basis as CPD. Not only does each module provide valuable, up-to-date learning, you can select the theme most relevant to you and your work. If you choose to return to study towards a formal qualification within our suite of Railway Safety and Control Systems programmes, your CPD module will count towards this qualification.*

CPD at Birmingham represents a cost-effective way to increase your knowledge and skills.

NEW for 2018: Principles of Railway Control Systems: a 2-week course which provides key elements of IRSE professional knowledge, towards Professional Signalling Engineer status.

For further information and to book your place on any of these courses, please contact Joy Grey on j.grey@bham.ac.uk and +44(0)121 414 4342.

*CPD modules can be offset as Accredited Prior Learning (APL) against formal study providing you have completed and passed the assessment. Such APL is valid for a given number of years (please contact us via Joy Grey on j.grey@bham.ac.uk to enquire).

Railway Operations and Control Systems (ROCS)

Course dates: 1st to 5th October 2018
Registration closes: 21 September 2018

About the course

During this course you will learn about the interdependent domains of railway operational management and technologies for railway control systems, and receive an introduction to technologies for modelling and simulation of railway networks.

You will cover managing complexity; business continuity; the safe operation of freight, passenger and metro/light rail train services; human resource management; environmental issues; and operations management and economics for the rail industry.

Who should attend?

New entrants and experienced operational and management professionals in the railway industry will all benefit from this overview and introduction to operations and control systems.

Cost

£1,320 which includes all course materials. 
Enquiries and bookings should be directed to Mrs Joy Grey

Principles of Railway Control Systems (PRCS) - NEW for 2018

Course dates: 05 to 16 November 2018
Registration closes: 27 October 2018

About the course

This course, taught over 2 consecutive weeks, provides detailed knowledge and understanding of the principles of operation of railway signalling and control systems.

This will relate to various jurisdictions around the world, focussing on the UK, Europe plus selected detail relevant to students’ home countries. They will understand and be able to analyse the complex interactions between system components; health and safety requirements; tools and techniques for system design and for problem-solving.

Attendance at regional professional institution seminars will be expected and will bring relevance and application to students’ learning.

This module will equip students to apply railway signalling, control and communications systems into practical, industrial settings whilst taking into consideration safety, risk management, systems engineering, cost-effectiveness, choice of components, testing strategies, maintainability and reliability.

Who should attend?

Any engineer working at professional signalling engineer, or working towards professional signalling engineer level. If your role involves signalling, railway control, CBTC, ATO operations you will benefit from this course.

Cost

£2,640 which includes all course materials.
Enquiries and bookings should be directed to Mrs Joy Grey

Railway Traction and Electrification Systems (RTES)

Course dates: 12 to 16 November 2018
Registration closes: 02 November 2018

About the course

You will cover all aspects of motive power, from diesel-electric propulsion through to pulse width converter systems. The course starts from the basic physics of traction, and moves to friction braking and electrical (regenerative) braking systems, DC and AC motor design and traction supplies, power converters, and train detection.

Also covered are DC and AC traction supplies, including protection and feed systems, notably, the use of booster transformers and the autotransformer supply system.

Who should attend?

Traction and vehicle engineers; engineering professionals working on electrification, new traction technologies, maintenance engineers.

Cost

£1,320 which includes all course materials.
Enquiries and bookings should be directed to Mrs Joy Grey

Practical Ergonomics for Railway Systems (PERS)

Course dates: 03 to 07 December 2018
Registration closes: 26 November 2018

About the course

This practice-oriented week provides you with a comprehensive introduction to the concepts of ergonomics, starting from the principles of anthropometry and fitness for purpose.

The module team adopts an holistic approach to designing systems which involve interaction between people, hardware, software and the provision of information in all forms.

The module design follows a triangulation approach where students learn to adopt different perspectives to ensure that systems are usable for people of all abilities and levels of physical capability.

Who should attend?

Anyone designing any aspect of the railway system where their outputs will have an impact on how people access the system.

Cost

£1,320 which includes all course materials.
Enquiries and bookings should be directed to Mrs Joy Grey

Strategic Business Management for Railways (SBMR)

Course dates: 21 to 25 January 2019
Registration closes: 11 January 2019

About the course

This week covers choosing railway technology elements and processes, matching technology to route, and looking at operational requirements and legislation.

The course team discusses the option of future proofing, back-up systems and emerging technologies. You will learn about how to deal with issues such as obsolescence management, managing tolerances in documentation and quality control/quality assurance.

The module also addresses managing design processes, supply chain specification, risks and change. The teaching is complemented with case studies of system application and relevant projects to bring your learning to life.

Who should attend?

Managers and future managers of railway systems, infrastructure operators, maintenance managers and technology managers will all benefit from this systems-approach to contextualised management.

Cost

£1,320 which includes all course materials.
Enquiries and bookings should be directed to Mrs Joy Grey

Rolling Stock and Infrastructure Systems Interactions (RSIS)

Course dates: 11 to 15 February 2019
Registration closes: 01 February 2019

About the course

This course will give you an in-depth technical knowledge of rolling stock and infrastructure systems and an understanding of how to design and maintain them in order to minimise risk and maximise safety. The system-side approach includes railway alignment design, gauging and maintenance issues, as are issues relating to the rolling contact behaviour at the wheel-rail interface and to rail vehicle dynamics, including the steering of wheelsets. Aerodynamics, body-shell design and crashworthiness issues, choice of materials, vehicle maintenance, and the design and behaviour of suspensions are also covered, as are the topics of station design, station systems and infra-structure power supply components.

Who should attend?

Professional track design and maintenance engineers, vehicle designers, infrastructure engineers and station design/maintenance engineers will benefit from this overview.

Cost

£1,320 which includes all course materials.
Enquiries and bookings should be directed to Mrs Joy Grey

 

All courses include teaching, course materials, a course dinner and access to the University of Birmingham’s Virtual Learning Environment and library services (where relevant/applicable for the course).

Accommodation in Birmingham is not included, but please contact Joy Grey on j.grey@bham.ac.uk (+44) (0)121 414 4342. for details of discounted rates at nearby hotels, including the University of Birmingham’s newly-opened on-campus hotel.