May 24, 2011, by brzjch

Nottingham leads the way in securing skills for the UK agri-food industry – Professor Jeremy Roberts

All bioscientists know that ATP (adenosine triphosphate) is a chemical that energizes living organisms and makes them work productively. The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) are hoping that their new ATP (Advanced Training Partnership) programme will energize Universities and research institutes and make them work even more productively with industry.

 The scheme, announced yesterday (24 May), is aimed at developing the skills necessary to ensure that the UK is well placed to make significant contributions to the issue of global food security.

The University of Nottingham is leading one of the four consortia that have been funded by BBSRC to provide graduate level training courses for industry. The Nottingham-led consortium, which includes Cranfield University, Harper Adams University College and Rothamsted Research, will develop a flexible and responsive training programme spanning the entire agri-food chain and was designed after extensive collaboration with industry.   The programme will include distance learning, short-courses, work-based training, research placements and secondments.

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