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The aim of the BBSRC Advanced Training Partnerships is to strengthen specialist scientific skills in strategically important areas for the agri-food industry in the UK, through flexible, postgraduate training.
Four partnerships have been funded, with a total investment of £12 million. The partnerships are complementary and cover the full range of food production from farm to fork.
Industry-led focus: This innovative Advanced Training Partnership (ATP) is a vehicle for research-led training focused on responding to the needs of industry. Our goal is to increase the sustainability and efficiency of Pasture-Based Agriculture in the UK. This ATP will provide an accessible training base to allow relevant businesses to meet the very real challenges of:
Partnership: Our ATP comprises of Delivery Partners [Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences, Aberystwyth University (IBERS), College of Natural Sciences, Bangor University (BU) and the National Institute of Agricultural Botany (NIAB)]; and Management Partners [Lantra, Waitrose, The Bioscience Knowledge Transfer Network, Castell Howell Foods Ltd, BioTal Ltd, XL Vets and British Seed Houses].
The ATP will provide postgraduate level training accredited by Aberystwyth or Bangor University.
Delivery will be via a form of “blended-learning” comprising workshops and e-learning units. The workshops will be accessible as stand-alone items OR building blocks towards a larger qualification. They will act as module entry points and focus on practical aspects of the learning pathway. They will be developed and delivered by teams of partnership or sub-contracted staff selected to provide an appropriate combination of high-level research experience and industrial credibility in the given field.
Credits can be built towards a postgraduate certificate (60 credits), postgraduate diploma (120 credits); or a full MSc (120 credits plus a 60 credit dissertation). The dissertation (may be carried out at the students place of work under academic supervision by the delivery partners; or on secondment. To maximise flexibility and potential for academic gain, both universities will extend the timeframe for MSc completion to five years.
Training areas identified by industry:
Sustainable beef, sheep and dairy
Forage and feed
Optimising land-use management
Complementary and wider issues
Workshops and distance - learning modules include:
Martine Spittle, Advanced Training Partnership Co-ordinator
Professor Jamie Newbold