March 28th, 2018
In an exciting initiative to promote agricultural careers, Plumpton College and the Royal Agricultural University have announced a new partnership that will aim to enhance education, research and consultancy for the land-based sector in the South East. Both institutions are renowned for their long-standing reputations for providing land-based courses, particularly in the wine industry.
A range of courses will be available from this September up to post graduate level, the validation of which will be overseen by RAU.
It is hoped that the partnership will lead to industry wide innovation and help inform future policy. Both institutions have the common aim of challenging misconceptions prospective students may have of the sector. Jeremy Kerswell, the principal of Plumpton college said in a statement that “When researching what is understood of the land-based sector, career prospects and earning potential, we found that people had little knowledge of the range of careers available, and where a degree from an agricultural University or college could lead them. We are keen to attract more students into the sector; and challenge some of the perceptions people have about land-based courses only suiting students who have grown up in the countryside.
One of the first exciting joint initiatives of the partnership is going to be a summer school for A-level and college students in the South East, hosted at The Royal Agricultural University and part-funded by the National Collaborative Outreach Programme, to raise awareness of the range of land-based courses and careers available to graduates and to encourage participation in higher education.”
The first programs to be offered and ‘certified’ by RAU will be FdA Wine Business; BA (Hons) International Wine Business FdSc Wine Production; BSc (Hons) Viticulture & Oenology and MSc Viticulture & Oenology.