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Loughborough University

Graduate School

NERC-CENTA Doctoral Training Partnership

CENTA stands for Central England NERC Training Alliance, a consortium of Universities and research institutes that are working together to provide excellence in doctoral research training within the remit of the Natural Environment Research Council. The CENTA group comprises four other universities in addition to Loughborough (University of Birmingham, University of Leicester, University of Warwick, and the Open University) and two partner organisations (British Geological Survey and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology).

CENTA will host studentships across the range of NERC science with particular focus on four key science themes:

  1. Anthropogenic impact and environmental sustainability
  2. Evolution of organisms and ecosystems
  3. Dynamic Earth
  4. Organisms, ‘omics and biogeochemistry

At Loughborough, a number of fully funded studentships in environmental sciences are available to UK and EU students that meet the residency and qualification eligibility criteria. This funding provides full tuition fees at the Home/EU rate and pays an annual stipend in line with UK Research Councils (currently £13,726).

The research projects below are in competition for available funding. The projects with the best applicants will be awarded the funding. Applications should be made to the school or department indicated using the standard University application form.

Application deadline - 31st January 2014.

Full details of Loughborough's CENTA projects will be added to this page by Friday 22nd November 2013.  

NERC CENTA studentships at Loughborough University
Principal supervisorCENTA partners involvedLoughborough School/
Project Title
Prof. Joanna Bullard  Loughborough University,
University of Leicester
Geography The impact of Holocene storminess on coastal progradation in eastern England.
Dr John Hillier Loughborough University,
University of Birmingham,
BGS Keyworth
Geography Interacting UK hazards – impacts and origins.
Dr Richard Hodgkins   Loughborough University,
Open University 
Geography Glacier meltwater-tidal water interaction: insights from in-situ and remote sensing analyses at Jökulsárlón, Iceland.
Dr Felipe Iza   Loughborough University  Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering  Preservation of fresh produce using atmospheric gas plasmas.
Dr Jonathan Millett  Loughborough University, 
CEH Bangor
Geography The biodiversity, conservation and management of sand dune plant communities (CASE).
Dr Ian Pattison  Loughborough University  Civil and Building Engineering  Interactions between sediment delivery, channel capacity and flood risk.
Prof. David Read Loughborough University, 
University of Leicester 
Chemistry  Assessing the radiological impact of atmospheric discharges: The effect of secular disequilibrium caused by industrial NORM (CASE). 
Dr David Ryves  Loughborough University, 
CEH Lancaster 
Geography  The role of lakes in global carbon and silica cycles: drivers of seasonal variability at Rostherne Mere.
Dr Paul Wood Loughborough
University of Birmingham 
Geography Quantifying river flow, morphology and ecological response to optimise water resource management objectives (CASE).
Dr Dapeng Yu Loughborough University,
British Geological Survey
Geography Evaluating the capacity of low-cost Unmanned Aircraft Systems for flood modelling research


CENTA Consortium

To find out more about CENTA visit the DTP website