UCEM teams up with the Royal Agricultural University (RAU) and the Countryside and Community Research Institute (CCRI) in innovative multimillion pound initiative

Posted on: 8 May, 2018

UCEM is delighted to be part of a new project set to drive future success in sustainable land management and food production.

The project will bring together academics from different disciplines and the partner organisations who will work alongside a group of industry stakeholders. The RAU will be offering two new postgraduate programmes from September 2019 followed by two new undergraduate programmes in 2020. This new offer will focus on leadership in the food and agribusiness sector, rural policy and strategy, agroecology, sustainability and innovative land management.

A range of experts from the food supply chain, farming, land management, banking and NGOs, are supporting the project. Involving industry partners in programme co-design and delivery will ensure there is sustained and meaningful engagement with students, preparing them to lead future change in their careers.

Together with the Countryside and Community Research Institute (CCRI) at the University of Gloucestershire, UCEM will build an appropriate infrastructure enabling programme delivery through supported online education, accelerated degrees and part-time programmes, thereby providing truly flexible learning opportunities upon which people already in the workplace can capitalise.

Lynne Downey, Vice Principal ­­- Online Education at UCEM, commented: “I am delighted that UCEM is part of this project with the Royal Agricultural University, helping to provide more flexible learning opportunities to the land management and agri-food sectors. At UCEM, we are proud to have a significant pedigree in developing and offering programmes through supported online education and are excited to be able to extend our offering into new industries.”

Lynne added: “This is a fantastic opportunity to further develop future talent within these sectors and we look forward to working with both CCRI and RAU to achieve great results.”

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£1.1 million of funding for the project was provided by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), through its Catalyst Fund. The investment will continue to be monitored by HEFCE’s successor, the Office for Students.