Today RAU formally announced that we have been awarded £1.1m from the HEFCE Catalyst Fund to help meet the needs of the land management and agri-food sectors in the post-Brexit era. The investment will continue to be supported by HEFCE’s successor, the Office for Students.
You can read the full news item on the RAU website. There is also a post on the Times Higher Education website and there will be coverage on BBC Radio Gloucestershire today, BBC Points West this evening and BBC Radio 4 Farming Today tomorrow.
The funding is part of a £2.5m initiative, enabling the RAU and our academic partners in this project, the Countryside and Community Research Institute (CCRI) at the University of Gloucestershire, and University College of Estate Management (UCEM), to unite with industry stakeholders to drive future success in sustainable land management and food production.
A key element of the innovation will be the emphasis on diversifying the delivery models in-line with government expectations. All new postgraduate programmes will be offered as full-time, part-time and blended (distance plus block teaching) routes. Accelerated postgraduate learning will be offered for the MBA via an Executive MBA route, depending on industry demand. The two BSc programmes will be offered as 3 or 2 year (accelerated learning) degrees. Accelerated degrees will be offered to students who can demonstrate 1 year or more of relevant work experience.
This move towards new blended-learning courses is exciting for us in IT and we will be working with the Catalyst bid team to help deliver these in an accessible and appropriate way.