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Celebrating 125 years of agricultural research and teaching at Newcastle

The School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development is celebrating 125 years of agricultural research and teaching at NewcastleThe first Chair of Agriculture was established in 1891 at what was then the College of Science, (later to become Armstrong College) so this predates the university itself by some considerable margin.  In1992, with the establishment of the Centre for Rural Economy, social science was brought into the mix.  During the coming academic year we will be celebrating with a series of events and seminars. Head of the School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development Professor Rob Edwards said: “On the 125th anniversary of agriculture at Newcastle there are many parallels in the challenges faced by UK farmers then and now: a difficult trading environment, a need for improved productivity and the endless need for change and innovation. The original Department was founded on its links with the industry and, just like our academic forebears, we continue the tradition of conducting research that makes a difference and of training the next generation of farming practitioners. The one difference is that our current approach to training and research extends beyond farming to include agribusiness, the food supply chain and healthy diets, and the links with rural enterprise. With that integrated vision in mind, we look forward to another 125 years of delivering innovation and new skills to the sector.”

published on: 26th April 2016

Professor reaches finals of ARMA Awards 2016

Professor of Socio-Technical Innovation Mark Reed is a finalist in the Association for Research Managers and Administrators 2016 Awards.  His Fast Track Impact training course has been short listed in the Impact section of the awards which is sponsored by INORMS 2016 Melbourne.  Fast Track Impact is innovative and evidence based training based on Mark Reed’s research about knowledge exchange and impact. Since its launch in 2012, he and his colleagues have trained researchers from over 50 institutions worldwide.

published on: 19th April 2016

Artist in Residence provokes questions about rural housing

A new exhibition by CRE/Berwick Visual Arts Artist in Residence Sander Van Raemdonck opens on Saturday 23 April.  During his residency the artist has formulated architectural design proposals, not to suggest an answer to rural housing issues, but as a way to provoke current concepts of what ‘rural’ might mean within this context. Sander has also used his role as an artist in residence to encourage debate about a proposed development at Spittal Point in Berwick site, its heritage, issues and opportunities.  'Inclosure' runs until Sunday 5 June at The Granary Gallery, 2nd Floor, Berwick YHA, Dewar's Lane, Berwick-upon-Tweed TD15 1HJ. Open Wed-Sun 11am-5pm.

published on: 18th April 2016

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