The Central England NERC Training Alliance (CENTA)

About us

The Central England NERC Training Alliance (CENTA), is a consortium of research intensive Universities and research institutes that are working together to provide excellence in doctoral research training. 

CENTA encompasses research activities within four broad themes:

  • Anthropogenic Impact
  • Evolution & Ecosystems
  • Dynamic Earth
  • Biogeochemistry

These themes cut across the 17 academic departments, within the 5 universities, as well as the 2 NERC research organisations involved. This reflects both the multidisciplinary nature of much of our research and the critical mass of researchers in central England who span the breadth of the NERC remit. A critical mass of researchers in close geographic proximity is our great strength. It facilitates shared access to facilities and training and helps to build a strong cohort identity.  

Our vision

The world’s population now exceeds 7 billion and is projected to reach 9 billion by the middle of the century. More than half the world’s people live in cities, whilst the productive regions of the land and oceans are intensively exploited to meet growing demands for food, water, and energy. Accommodating the needs and aspirations of people, whilst living sustainably within the Earth’s limits is the great challenge of the 21st century.

Furthermore, mitigating and adapting to the effects of climate change, extreme weather and natural hazards is critical5. Managing these environmental challenges will require ever-increasing sophistication from a new generation of environmental scientists.  Our vision is to attain new standards of excellence in research training and to deliver a transformative interdisciplinary experience for doctoral researchers.

At CENTA we aim to develop well-rounded students confident in a wide range of scientific, research, leadership and entrepreneurial skills. Such individuals will go on to become future sector leaders, equipped with not only specialist and technical expertise in their research fields, but also the ability translate research into impact and to address the complex and shared environmental challenges facing society.

Who we recruit

We recruit graduates who have studied a wide range of subjects including earth sciences, geography, environmental science, chemistry, biology, physics, maths, engineering and computing. Find out how to apply.