The call for STARS studentship proposals is now closed and the studentships will be finalised shortly. However it is not too late to get involved with stars as a research/business/policy partner, we are always on the lookout for innovative collaborations and currently have a dedicated innovation fellow looking for novel ways of bringing innovation and policy links to the studentships. If you are interested in getting involved, a list of our current projects can be found here.
For more information on research collaborations please contact the STARS office.
STARS welcomes input from business and industry, and is particularly keen to hear from potential CASE (Collaborative Award in Science and Engineering) partners. A CASE studentship is a fantastic opportunity for businesses and organisations to get involved with the latest research in soil science and to benefit from the high-calibre enthusiastic students who are attracted to the STARS Centre for Doctoral Training.
CASE partners work closely with research teams to address key issues and the students spend between three and eighteen months working with the CASE partner outside the academic environment. In return, partners are expected to contribute a minimum of £1000 per year to the STARS CDT, to meet the extra expenses incurred by students visiting and working in their establishments and also to contribute in cash or in kind towards necessary materials.
This NERC webpage offers more information on CASE partnerships; you can also contact the STARS office for further details.
Hosting a STARS student for their Professional Internship is another great way to partner with STARS. Students are offered the opportunity of completing a three-month Professional Internship in an area that interests them but is not directly related to their research. The scheme is mutually beneficial because the student gains valuable new skills while the host organisation gains a talented PhD student. The student continues to receive their BBSRC/NERC-funded maintenance stipend during the internship, so they do not require a salary. The arrangement provides the host with the opportunity to form valuable long-term employment or collaborative links with the leading academic and research organisations that make up STARS.
For more information on PIPS and how you can get involved please contact the STARS office.