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Re-advertised studentships

The following projects are now available to apply for with a deadline of 2nd April 2017: Based at Title CEH Predicting formation and stability of carbon-rich soil layers CEH Can nitrogen saturation lead to lower soil N pools? Using paired chronosequences to study the mechanisms governing nitrogen accumulation CEH Modelling the response of soil and […]

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STARS on the Web

A multifunctional web portal which holds all the training materials and also promotes the STARS PhD students and their projects to the wider world. We want to maximise the exposure of our student’s research.

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A STARS Twitter feed

This will provide a lively feed from the STARS cohort around the UK. It will showcase achievements and provide the latest news from the STARS programme. To start, follow @STARScdt and #starsoil for more updates on Twitter…

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Team Introduction and Start-up Meeting

To commence the STARS experience we hold a welcome meeting early in the first term. This is a 3 day-long meeting where all the PhD students,  supervisors and STARS staff meet to get to know each other and to discuss how to maximise the PhD experience. It is a relaxed, enjoyable & informal event with plenty […]

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An Introduction and Foundation to Soil Science and Soil Quality Monitoring & Assessment

This two part, 5-day long training course will be held at Lancaster & Bangor Universities. The first half of the course, at Lancaster, will involve learning about the basics of soil functioning with an introduction to basic professional soil science training that is led from the BSSS ‘Working With Soils’ Professional Training Program. The second half […]

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Statistical Methods for Soil Science

This 5-day course will be hosted by Cranfield University and British Geological Survey. The course will cover the following topics: An introduction to soil science statistics Design-based sampling, estimation and sample planning An introduction to linear models Model-based sampling, geostatistics and other methods for spatial data Principles and pitfalls in experimental design An introduction to […]

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Early Career Conference

STARS students will participate in the British Soil Science Society conference for Early Career Soil Scientists. This provides students with an opportunity to present their research in a friendly environment to an audience made up mostly of their peers. Students in Year 1 will give a poster presentation and those in Years 2 and 3 […]

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End of Year 1 BSSS Conference and Workshop

Students will present at the British Society of Soil Science Annual Meeting alongside a 1-day STARS Workshop. All students will produce posters for the BSSS meeting. At the end of both conference days the students will have a 1.5 hour evening session to discuss the highlights of the day. The last day will be a […]

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Soils Journal Club

Part of the STARS training will be the ability to critically review scientific papers. Students will participate in a monthly journal club whereby one student each month selects a topical paper, which the STARS team will critically debate via Google Hangouts. This will follow the model of theEvolutionary Biology Online Journal Club and will be […]

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