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Report from Tenerife

Cohort 1 kicked off 2017 by embarking on their first international field trip, to Tenerife this January. The 8 day trip was led by Davey Jones and Dave Chadwick from Bangor University who were enthusiastically accompanied by Phil Haygarth and Emma Sayer from Lancaster University. The week aimed to broaden the cohort’s knowledge of soils […]

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Trip to the Tropics

Several STARS students have managed to secure places on a fully funded Tropical Soils field trip to Brazil. The NERC funded trip, organised by Lancaster University in association with the Universidade Federal De Lavras, centres on a 6 day field trip to Lavras, Brazil. The course will include laboratory work, lectures and a collaborative research […]

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Prestigious Policy Placements

STARS Innovation Fellow, Becca Burns has been successful in obtaining two fantastic placements for STARS students, one in the House of Lords and one at Defra. The 3 month placements will put students at the heart of topical parliamentary issues and provide them with invaluable experience of how science policy is made.  

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STARS, Soils & Sun

Now well into their second year of study, the first cohort of STARS students are off to the sun at the end of January, for a 7 day residential field trip to Tenerife. Renowned for its variety of Soils, they will be able to study 7 out of 10 the great soil orders of the […]

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Want to join STARS in 2017?

There are 28 fantastic studentships to choose from throughout the country; a great opportunity for prospective PhD students who wish to study soil science. The diverse list of projects includes such things as restoration of tropical soils, modelling soil and vegetation interactions, and climate change impacts on pests. Take a look on the projects page […]

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Welcome to the 2nd cohort of STARS students!

We welcome twelve new students to the STARS CDT today. The students are based throughout the country with at least one at each of the eight core partner institutes. The group will meet regularly to attend joint STARS training sessions, the first being the Welcome meeting in November. We wish them all the best of luck throughout […]

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STARS at the BSSS annual meeting

It was great to see so many current and future STARS students at the joint meeting of the British Society of Soil Science (BSSS) and the NERC Soil Security Program (SSP) recently. The meeting was held during the first week of September at Reading University and saw the first cohort of STARS students presenting posters of […]

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STARS job opportunity – Innovation Fellow required

A great job opportunity with STARS, closing date 18th September 2016. We are looking for an enthusiastic Innovation Fellow with experience of the research environment, innovation and connecting research with policy, to deliver a Policy and Innovation Boost for soil science as part of the STARS CDT consortium.

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Paid Summer Placements for Undergraduates

STARS is offering NERC Research Experience Placements (REPs)this summer. The scheme offers to fund summer placements for undergraduates studying quantitative disciplines outside the NERC remit. This is a great opportunity to experience Environmental research at first hand. Applicants must: be studying for an undergraduate degree in a quantitative discipline outside of NERC’s scientific remit (e.g. […]

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