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 students will be recruited to the STARS CDT and have the added benefit of cohort training in the STARS College, both face-to-face and online. They will 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

Call for project proposals now open

STARS is excited to announce that the latest call for research project proposals is now open. Further details are available here. The deadline for receipt of proposals is 30th September 2016, for Octo…

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 i…

STARS students get dirty

There is an exciting week of training planned for STARS students next week. Part 1, “An Introduction and Foundation to Soil Science (incorporating BSSS Working with Soil Course 1 Exposing and de…

19 April, 2016 News


STARS Cohort 2 students all recruited!

Congratulations to the successful 2nd Cohort students; a great achievement and a great asset to STARS. We look forward to welcoming them and their supervisors into the STARS college.