Education 

high school

Doctoral Postgraduate Research

There are now 34 PhD students completing research related to forested landscapes, fourteen of which are working on research directly linked to the BIFoR FACE facility.  Details of the projects underway are available on our Doctoral Research page. 

BIFoR advertise doctoral research opportunities through the year. Opportunities are also listed on the University of Birmingham Doctoral ReSEARCHer Database and FindAPhD.  Did you know there is no a new "Forestry" filter? 

We're recruiting! 

Forest Health PhD opportunities 

CENTA  

MIBTP 

The Midlands Integrative Biosciences Training Partnership Doctoral Programme  

Currently advertising including the BIFoR related opportunity 
Quantifying the impact of photorespiration on the photosynthetic carbon uptake of plant

Forest Edge Doctoral Scholarship programme

The Forest Edge Doctoral Scholarship programme offers 20 Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarships at the University of Birmingham. September 2020 sees 7 new students join the current cohort of 9 doctoral students. Check back in January when we will be advertising som more positions. 

Dual Award with University of Western Sydney

BIFoR has opportunities for Dual Award PhDs with the University of Western Sydney.  The latest opportunities have just recently closed but future opportunities will be listed here.  Academic staff from BIFoR and University of Western Sydney will work together to develop projects and identify potential supervisors from each institution.  Students can split their research between BIFoR FACE and EucFACE.

Masters

BIFoR do not currently offer any taught research postgraduate courses.  However, students interested in our research themes may like to consider some of the courses listed below. More and more masters students are choosing to complete their dissertation topic with data from / samples from the BIFoR FACE Facility

For example, Sam Walrond, took the opportunity to work alongside Angeliki Kourmouli and Dr Rebecca Bartlett to look at "Soil Water Cation Chemistry Under Elevated CO2 Conditions at BIFoR FACE" and Nina Karvik looked at 'Changes in the leaf chemistry of Oak trees under elevated CO2 conditions at BIFoR FACE'

Currently some of the students enrolled in these courses are volunteering with BIFoR and/or using the BIFoR FACE facility for their end of year project.

MSc in Applied Meteorology and Climatology

MSc in Environmental Health

PG Dip/ MSc in Air Pollution Management and Control

MSc in River Environments and their Management

MSc Toxicology

MRes Molecular Mechanistic Toxicology

Undergraduate

In collaboration with the Higher Education Futures Institute (HEFI) team BIFoR have developed a'Virtual BIFoR FACE' site. Visitors to the site can explore the BIFoR FACE facility (see image below), clicking on the yellow dots will either provide written information or a video about the experiment they can see. Clicking on a question mark leads to an education resource such as a dendrometer dataset investigating how eCO2 affects tree growth or a task looking at how fungal pathogens will respond to climate change. It is an exciting opportunity to engage schools and other members of the public who may not be able to visit the FACE site. More and more datasets are being added and we hope these will become integrated into UoB undergraduate courses in time. 

Students at the University of Birmingham might like to consider the module Critical Issues for 21st Century Ecosystems if they are interested in the work of BIFoR as there are clear links. 

Students are also offered the opportunity to Volunteer with BIFoR.  This has proven popular for many students. We have students that volunteer with us in year 1 who will sometimes then complete their dissertation topic in a related area.  Students also receive a reference and reward from BIFoR for their time. We have some lovely examples of students that have volunteered with us, then found work with us afterwards. 

A Level / GCSE including Teaching Resources

In collaboration with the Higher Education Futures Institute (HEFI) team BIFoR have developed a number of teaching materials around the water and carbon cycles.

The resources are available, on our 'Virtual BIFoR' site. Visitors to the site can explore the BIFoR FACE facility (see image below), clicking on the yellow dots will either provide written information or a video about the experiment they can see. Clicking on a question mark leads to an education resource such as a dendrometer dataset investigating how eCO2 affects tree growth or a task looking at how fungal pathogens will respond to climate change. It is an exciting opportunity to engage schools and other members of the public who may not be able to visit the FACE site. More and more datasets are being added and we hope this will become the "go to" place for "virtual field studies". 

A useful podcast recording regarding water and the carbon cycle is available and more resources are being worked on. Links to more podcasts and videos are available on our social media webpage.

We have previously also given tours of the BIFoR FACE facility to school groups who are able to make the journey to the facility in Staffordshire. If you would be interested in learning more about a visit or to book a visit please contact Deanne Brettle on d.brettle@bham.ac.uk  

Further great teaching resources linked to forests are available on the Sylva Foundation website. BIFoR are part of the Forestry Skills Forum which, lead by the Sylva Foundation, helped to develop these resources.  The Forum is dedicated to promoting education, skills, learning and development across the forestry sector in England and Wales. A further resource the Forum is proud of is a new forestry careers website. There are number of great videos to watch including interviews with a people involved in a variety of roles.   

Virtual Tour of BIFoR snapshot