Innovative new University partnership for the rural sector

April 6, 2018

Plumpton College and the Royal Agricultural University have announced a new partnership that will enhance university education, research and consultancy for the land-based sector in the South East.

Building on the strong reputation the institutions have in land management, agri-business and wine, a range of courses will be available from this September up to postgraduate level at the Plumpton College campus just outside Brighton.

The Royal Agricultural University will oversee validation of Plumpton College degree courses in a partnership which aims to deliver graduates with the knowledge, skills and attributes to lead industry-wide innovation and to inform policy.

Both organisations have a longstanding reputation for providing land-based courses.  The new leaders at both organisations wish to build on this reputation and address any misconceptions prospective students may have of the sector.

“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.”

Jeremy Kerswell, Principal, Plumpton College