Participants are (depending on their choice of programme of study) able to choose courses and workshops from across these universities to enable them to build a course of study that is unique to their study and career requirements.
IBERS has a unique position as a research and teaching institute within Aberystwyth University. Its operational budget is approximately £30M per year, of which two thirds is dedicated to research. IBERS is a world leader in forage and ruminant research and this expertise feeds directly into its agricultural teaching programmes. IBERS’ Distance Learning programme has been successfully delivering online training to agricultural professionals for the past five years in partnership with Bangor. The regularly updated postgraduate programme reflects the research strengths of animal-plant-microbe-soil interactions, sustainability and efficiency. The last independent review of research quality (the Research Excellence Framework) looked at IBERS’ and Bangor’s research jointly and rated 78% of our research in the areas of Agriculture, Veterinary and Food Science as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.
Bangor University was recently awarded Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework, putting it in the UK’s top 25%, with consistently outstanding teaching, learning and student outcomes. Bangor is also ranked within the UK’s top 40 for research, recognised by the Research Excellence Framework as world-leading or internationally excellent. Specifically, in SENRGy >80% of research was rated internationally excellent and 25% as world leading across disciplines including agriculture, environmental science and soil science.
Cranfield University specialises in research and teaching in science, engineering, technology and management. Uniquely, the training delivered at Cranfield is exclusively at the postgraduate level, both in traditional postgraduate degrees and in continuing professional development. This format creates a highly research-intensive environment that celebrates practical outcomes and delivers academic rigour with a commercial and business focus.
Harper Adams University
Harper Adams is a specialist University focusing on agriculture, agribusiness, animal, engineering, food, rural and land-based studies. With a reputation for excellence and innovation, the University’s Shropshire campus offers state-of-the-art facilities and rewarding courses for undergraduate, postgraduate and lifelong learners in all these subject areas. Harper Adams has particularly strong links with industry and has, for many years, run joint projects and short courses for businesses, regulatory bodies and government departments. In addition the campus boasts excellent research and practical facilities in agriculture, food technology, crop production and veterinary nursing.
The University of Nottingham
The Schools of Biosciences and Veterinary Medicine and Science that contribute to the AFTP are both situated on the University’s Sutton Bonington Campus. The campus provides an internationally competitive research environment combined with teaching excellence at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels in Animal Sciences, Food Sciences, Plant and Crop Sciences, Nutritional Sciences, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and Veterinary Science and Medicine.
The University of Reading
The University of Reading has an international reputation for education and research in agri-food science. Expertise covers primarily agricultural and horticultural production and extends through food processing technology, human and animal nutrition to modelling and understanding consumers’ dietary choice. In addition the University of Reading has significant expertise in the environmental sciences allied to food production, soils and agro-ecology.