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Soils Training and Research Studentships

Our Mission is to create a novel and unique national training experience for the next generation of soil scientists.


Soils Training and Research Studentships

Third cohort of students now on board. 

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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.

Each year 11 or more 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.

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Latest News

Another research paper published

Congratulations to Cohort 1 student, Paul George who’s first PhD paper is now published. The paper, “Evaluation of mesofauna communities as soil quality indicators in a national-level monitoring p…
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Welcome to STARS Cohort 3

STARS welcomed its third cohort of students recently at a three day welcome event held at Rothamsted Research, Harpenden. Having been fortunate in being awarded an additional seven students through th…
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Research article published

Congratulations to Cohort 1 student, Jasmine Burr-Hersey who has published her first research paper recently. The paper, “Developmental morphology of cover crop species exhibit contrasting behaviour…
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STARS Back to Earth

Three STARS students have recently returned to their PhD research following time away working in policy placements. The students; Emily Dowdeswell, Jasmine Burr-Hersey and Hannah Cooper have been work…
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