Working with you

The ACCE DTP combines the world-class academic strengths of the Universities of Liverpool, Sheffield and York and the unique scientific expertise of the UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology and the Natural History Museum.

ACCE works collaboratively with organisations outside of higher education for student training, and placements. This is so that ACCE graduates are rounded experts, who have the skills to contribute to the future of environmental research. We aim to create projects that are contemporary and applied, that solve problems and build knowledge. For this, working with our valued partners is vital.

If you are interested to work with our academic experts and our talented students and become an ACCE Partner – There are a number of ways you can be involved, one is to be a partner on a Highlight topics project as a co-supervisor. The deadline for 2022/23 entry project proposals is Friday 24th September 2021 at 5.00pm.

For reference and information, this year’s Highlight topic areas are detailed below. Follow the link for details of this year’s Highlight workshops.

The role of microbes in a sustainable future

The diverse microbial communities present in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems are crucial to ecosystem function. These microbes have the potential to provide sustainable solutions to many of the global challenges identified in the UN Sustainable Development Goals – for example SDG 2 Zero Hunger or SDG 6 Clean Water and Sanitation ( This highlight topic will explore how microbes could be used to enhance sustainable management of terrestrial or aquatic

Urban ecosystem resilience to city living

More than 80% of the UK population live in cities and towns, and are reliant on the vital socio-cultural and environmental benefits provided by urban greenspaces. This has been very clearly highlighted by the Covid-19 pandemic, during which the majority of the UK population relied on urban greenspaces for exercise and their daily dose of nature. Whilst these urban greenspaces are crucial to mitigating many of the adverse effects of urban living for the human population, we understand less well how the pressures created by the urban environment (e.g. extreme heat, pollution) affect urban greenspace function and biodiversity.  This highlight topic will explore the negative effects of city living on urban greenspace function and resilience.

Right tree, right place, right reason

Tree planting is widely accepted as a nature-based solution to both the climate crisis and flood risk.  The UK government has committed to plant 7,000 ha of woodland annually by the end of this parliament (May 2024 – However, planting the right trees in the right place for the right reason across the UK landscape needs informed decision making, which should be supported by research-based evidence.  This highlight topic will explore the environmental, socio-cultural and biodiversity benefits and disbenefits of woodland expansion in different UK ecosystems.

Our Partnerships Officer is Jesamine Hughes, based at the University of Sheffield. Jes will be happy to answer any questions you may have about the Step by Step Partnership Building workshops and any other aspects of becoming an ACCE partner.

Please download the Partner Guide doc below for full information on ways to become an ACCE partner.

If you are an academic supervisor you may want to contact members of our management board here.

Please see below for a list of partners ACCE is currently working with: