CENTA Training Programme

Coronavirus Update




Due to the emerging situation of the Coronavirus, we have suspended all CENTA Training until further notice.


If you have any questions to this, please contact the CENTA Manager, Mica Jones - m.jones.14@bham.ac.uk


Best regards

CENTA Management

Student Handbook

Please see the CENTA Student Handbook for further details on CENTA including the full training programme.

Training overview

As a CENTA student, you will belong to a consortium well-resourced to provide you with extensive training to give you confidence in all aspects of your research. A total of 45 days of multidisciplinary training including a 5 day residential and a 10 day placement, will be provided in addition to that specific to your individual research topic.

The CENTA training programme has been designed to help address the skill gaps identified by NERC’s ‘Most Wanted’ skills report and is organised into three overarching training groups, with a fixed number of training sessions in each group in years 1 and 2.

Research Excellence Compulsory sessions focused on ‘generic’ research skills Enabling Science. Compulsory sessions focused on practical introductions to scientific skills of broad relevanc Theme Science. Focused training in scientific skills pertinent to CENTA’s four themes

In the first year, you will undertake training in general environmental science, research methods and core skills as a single cohort. Training in years 2 and 3 will progress from core skills to master-classes specific to the project and overall scientific theme. 

As part of the 1st year Tenerife Speed PhD Residential, we will take you through the whole process of doctoral research in the and expose you to a wide range of approaches to research.

Training opportunities unique to CENTA

These will evolve during the lifetime of the DTP, but current examples include:

  • MSc level training in R – the open source language and environment for statistical computing and graphics.
  • Training in media, end-user and public engagement with the Open Universities BAFTA award winning team.
  • World leading workshops and training in the application of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) to the environmental sciences.

CENTA Student Conference

Organised by CENTA students, this is an opportunity to hone your conference skills and to disseminate your research to other researchers within wider fields and the public. The conference is open to CENTA and non-CENTA students. The programme and theme for each year will be determined by the conference committee which staffed by CENTA students.

Student Handbook

Please see the CENTA Student Handbook for further details on CENTA including the full training programme.