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ATP-Pasture

Advanced Training Partnership for sustainable and efficient food production in pasture-based agriculture

 

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About the Advanced Training Partnerships

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.

About us

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:

  • Living with the effects of climate change
  • Food security and securing the supply chain
  • Societal demands and meeting consumer expectations

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].

Training and Courses

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

  • Immunology, parasitology and bacteriology
  • Endocrinology, growth and development
  • Animal breeding and genetics
  • Emerging technologies in veterinary science
  • Ruminant nutrition
  • Improving animal production
  • Upland farming systems

Forage and feed

  • Agronomy - includes improving fertiliser use and rotations
  • Sustainable grassland systems
  • Weed, pest and disease control in feed and forage
  • Soil management
  • Improved forages and feeds - plant breeding, reseeding,
    seed production and clover management
  • Improved silage
  • Rosk assessment of GM technologies

Optimising land-use management

  • Maintaining biodiversity
  • Mitigrating environmental change
  • Natural resource economics and policy
  • Silvo-pastoral production systems
  • Efficient use of resources and utilising waste
  • Assessment of management alternatives

Complementary and wider issues

  • Market identification
  • Agri-business risk assessment
  • Produc distribution logistics
  • Issues and threats to food security
  • Carbon footprinting and lifecycle analysis
  • Microbial pollution and health risk
  • Changing patterns of food production/consumption

 

Workshops and distance - learning modules include:

  • Ruminant nutrition
  • Improving animal production
  • Upland farming systems
  • Soil management
  • Improved forages and feeds
  • Improved silage
  • Carbon footprinting and lifecycle assessment
  • Changing patterns of food production and consumption

 

Contact us:

Martine Spittle, Advanced Training Partnership Co-ordinator

  • Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences, Aberystwyth University, Edward Llwyd Building, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 3DA
  • T: 01970 621562
  • E: rjs@aber.ac.uk


Professor Jamie Newbold

  • Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences, Aberystwyth University, Edward Llwyd Building, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 3DA
  • T: 01970 622242
  • E: cjn@aber.ac.uk