(About Us)

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We are a community of Earth, Environmental and Life Scientists. We encourage our PhD researchers to establish relationships in their cohort groups for mutual support and to explore collaboration with others both inside and outside their research fields. In working together, we support, rely on and benefit from the universal truth that “we are far more united and have far more in common with each other than things that divide us”, Jo Cox, MP, maiden speech to Parliament, 3 June 2015.

Our Partnership

The NERC GW4+ Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) is a collaborative partnership formed of the GW4 Alliance of the world-class research-intensive Universities of Bath, Bristol and Exeter and Cardiff University plus five unique and prestigious Research Organisation partners: British Antarctic Survey, British Geological Survey, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, the Natural History Museum and Plymouth Marine Laboratory.  


Our Researchers

Our PhD researchers will benefit from a broad range of exciting research areas, supporting original PhD projects based around the full breadth of NERC science

Science Content of all PhD Projects 2014-2018

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Our Team

Professor Paul Valdes, Director

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Dr Emeliana Palk, Doctoral Training Partnership Manager

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Ms Sara Tonge, Doctoral Training Partnership Coordinator



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It is critical for a thriving, innovative and forward-thinking scientific community to be composed of humankind in all its diversity.

Scientists who are true equals in a research community, able to access all opportunities presented to them and express the full extent of their identities, will produce the best science. Diverse communities of scientists will think beyond the ‘ordinary’ and be able to find effective solutions to the diverse and difficult problems that we face in the world today.

Conversely, pressures due to discrimination and denial of opportunities reduce our effectiveness as scientists and, worse still, increase stress, anxiety and depression, adversely affecting our mental health and wellbeing.

The NERC GW4+ DTP and its constituent universities and research organisations are committed to creating a social and research environment where diversity is celebrated and everyone is fairly treated, regardless of any of these characteristics that they may have; age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership status, gender reassignment status, pregnancy and maternity, caring responsibilities, race, religion or beliefs, sex or sexual orientation.


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