Soils Training and Research Studentships

“to create a novel and unique national training experience for the next generation of soil scientists” 

2021 Conference coming up

World Soil Orders and Their Formation in the Canary Islands - Film available now

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Digging the Future – Unearthing the power of soil science to address global challenges. STARS students were among pioneers to take EGU online.

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Funded by NERC and BBSRC, the STARS Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) is an exciting consortium of 8 organizations, comprising 4 universities and 4 research institutes from around England, Scotland and Wales who are collaborating to offer training to PhD students in soil science.

So far 40 students have been recruited to the STARS CDT and have the added benefit of cohort training in the STARS College, both face-to-face and online. They have access to internationally renowned soil scientists and research facilities as well as benefiting from the support of fellow students from across the country.

STARS in action

What we’re doing & why it matters. STARS films focus on individual research, science communication and more. 

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STARS on the web

Check out STARS students’ achievements and more. 

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STARS conferences

Productive & enjoyable conferences were held in January 2019 & 2020. In 2021 the conference will be held online – 25th February. 

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Latest News

Conference going online

Not deterred by a countrywide lockdown, STARS will take to the internet for their conference this February. Plans are underway for an exciting day of soil science, conversation and social activities. …

The STARS legacy assured

STARS CDT has been successful in obtaining a NERC flexible translation award to fund work to enhance and prolong the impact of the STARS CDT on soil science research. The CDT, which initially received…

A placement despite lockdown

STARS student Ben Freeman was able to benefit from a 3-month work placement despite lockdown. The placement, completed in August 2020, was a success for both Ben and his employers at Defra. Ben’s pl…