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The 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

Recruitment for CENTA students starting in October 2016 is now complete. The projects below were advertised in the 2016 round. Projects for the 2017 recruitment round will be advertised in November 2016.


NERC CENTA studentships at Loughborough University
Principal supervisorPartners involvedLoughborough School/DeptProject Title
Prof John Anderson Loughborough University Geography Aquatic ecosystem response to changing ice margin dynamics of the Greenland ice sheet
Dr John Hillier Loughborough University,
University of Birmingham, 
British Geological Survey
Geography Interacting UK Hazards – Impacts and Origins
Dr Richard Hodgkins Loughborough University Geography and Civil & Building Engineering Multi-sourced Structure-from-Motion photogrammetry for capturing the variation of challenging rivers in Iceland
Prof Roy Kalawsky Loughborough University,
British Geological Survey
Geography Modelling the Dynamic Earth as a System of Systems through Big Data Visual Analytics
Dr Jonathan Millett Loughborough University,
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology,
Natural England 
Geography Using plant functional and community traits to predict the sensitivity of coastal dune wetlands to climate change and eutrophication
Prof Steve Rice Loughborough University Geography Does case building by caddisflies affect fine-grained sediment transport in rivers?
Dr David Ryves Loughborough University,
British Geological Survey
Geography Tropical lake ecosystems in the Anthropocene: quantifying recent human impacts on biogeochemical cycling and biodiversity



CENTA Consortium

To find out more about CENTA visit the DTP website