Advanced Training Partnership Awarded
A partnership between the College of Natural Sciences (CNS), Bangor University, the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS), Aberystwyth University, and the National Institute for Agricultural Botany (NAIB) has been awarded a prestigious Advanced Training Partnership (ATP) by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).
Four partnerships have been funded, with a total investment of £12M by BBSRC. The partnerships are complementary and cover the full range of food production from farm to fork.
The aim of this partnership is to increase the sustainability and efficiency of Pasture-Based Agriculture in the UK. It will be a vehicle for research-led training, aiming to 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
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.
Our ATP comprises 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].
Workshops and Distance - learning modules available from September 2012 include:
- Ruminant Nutrition
- Improving Animal Production
- Upland Farming Systems
- Soil Management
- Improved Forages and Feeds
- Improved Silage
- Carbon Foot printing and Lifecycle Assessment
- Changing Patterns of Food Production and Consumption
For more information contact
Advanced Training Partnership Coordinator
Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences Aberystwyth University, Edward Llwyd Building Aberystwyth, Ceredigion,
Tel: Direct Line (01970) 621562
Advanced Training Partnership Administrator
Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences Aberystwyth University, William Davies Building, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion
Tel: 01970 823024
Publication date: 23 March 2012