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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

 Loughborough's CENTA projects are as follows. Application deadline is 31st January 2015.


NERC CENTA studentships at Loughborough University
Principal supervisorPartners involvedLoughborough School/DeptProject Title
Dr John Hillier Loughborough University,
University of Birmingham,
British Geological Survey
Geography Interacting UK Hazards – Impacts and Origins
Dr John Millet Loughborough University Geography Nitrogen dynamics in alpine catchments of the eastern margin of Tibet (SW China)
Prof. David Read Loughborough University,
British Geological Survey
Chemistry Characterising the chemical and physical properties of the UK’s uranium stockpile with regard to the suitability of alternative disposal routes
Prof. Stephen Rice Loughborough University,
Natural England
Geography The geomorphic and hydraulic impacts of complex weir removals: Evaluating risk in river restoration
Dr David Ryves Loughborough University,
British Geological Survey 
Geography Ugandan crater lakes as hotspots of carbon dynamics and biodiversity
Prof. Rob Wilby Loughborough University,
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Geography Decision-relevant methods for assessing future drought risk in the UK
Prof. Paul Wood Loughborough University,
University of Birmingham,
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Geography Putting ‘ecology’ into environmental flow studies – multiple pressures and biological processes



CENTA Consortium

To find out more about CENTA visit the DTP website