AgriFoRwArdS Application Process

Thank you for your interest in applying for the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Agri-Food Robotics: AgriFoRwArdS.

The CDT follows an anonymous recruitment process. In order to ensure your application is processed correctly please read the below information before submitting your application form (The link to the application form can be found at the bottom of the page).

Why are we using anonymous recruitment?

The AgriFoRwArdS CDT wants to ensure all applicants have equal and fair opportunities.

Gender under-representation is a primary concern across the computer science, engineering and technology sectors, with only 15% of undergraduates being female. Empowering gender diversity is at the core of the AgriFoRwArdS CDT Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Strategy, and essential to developing a fully inclusive research environment.

The AgriFoRwArdS CDT is committed to ensuring EDI is at the heart of everything we do. Starting from the anonymous recruitment process to mitigate unconscious bias and ensuring fairness and equality of opportunity, to guaranteeing diversity and inclusion is considered in all areas of the CDT – to include the management board, students, staff and industry partners.

Our anonymous recruitment process ensures no identifying data is presented to the shortlisting panel at shortlisting stage. This is essential to ensure we continue to follow our EDI Strategy, not only to remove gender bias but to ensure all applicants have equal and fair opportunities.

To find out more about Equality, Diversity and Inclusion please visit the Eleanor Glanville Centre’s website.

What is identifying data?

Identifying data refers to any personal information which may reveal your identity.

Examples of identifying data include (this list is not exhaustive): name/title, age/date of birth, gender/sex, ethnicity/race, nationality, residency, disability, contact information (address, email address, phone number), religion/philosophy, photograph, marital status, sexual orientation, political opinions, health.

Submitting your application form

We ask that you support us, in the anonymous recruitment process, by ensuring that you do not enter any identifying data within the application form, unless specifically directed to. This includes any information which may result in identification of characteristics, such as age, gender, nationality, etc.  (For example: ‘I am a mature Indian Student’).

You will be specifically asked to submit certain identifying data (i.e. name, contact information, etc.) but please rest assured that this information will be removed, prior to your application being sent for shortlisting. We can also confirm your diversity data will not be made available, to the shortlisting panel, at any stage during the recruitment process.

We ask you to submit two types of supporting documentation; those with identifying data (Full) and those without (Anonymous). It is also important that any Anonymous documents uploaded, in support of your application, do not contain any identifying data. This includes any specific references to published works which could be used to identify you. For example, you may state the number of published works and name journals, however, you may not reference specific articles or provide links to articles. You will be given the opportunity to enter these details but they will not be provided to the shortlisting panel.

Should either the application form, or anonymous uploaded documents, be found be contain any identifying data not specifically requested, your application will be returned to you and will not be sent for shortlisting.

How to remove identifying data

When uploading documents that you have created, such as your CV, you should simply be able to edit these to remove the data prior to upload. However, we appreciate there may be documents you wish to upload which are not as easily edited, for example, University Transcripts. See how this can be done using Adobe Acrobat Pro DC (if you do not have access to this program, there are various applications online which follow a similar process).

Click here to begin your application

Once you have read and understood the above, please click on the link above to begin your application.

If you have any questions regarding the process please email us at