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University of Lincoln launches new agri-food institute

Published: Tuesday, 25 August 2015   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

The University of Lincoln has unveiled plans for the launch of the Lincoln Institute for Agri-food Technology, designed to help boost productivity in the sector.

Research into the agri-tech and food sectors is already carried out in abundance by the university, with a focus on agronomy, animal science, agri-robotics and good manufacturing.

As well as developing this research further, the institute should also increase the number of opportunities that are available for graduates in fields related to agriculture.

“Productivity is a key aim for the UK Government and is vital to the success of our economy,” explained university vice-chancellor Professor Mary Stuart.

She added that the agro-food sector is highly developed in Lincolnshire and that many of the innovations developed at the institute will boost the region further.

The focus of the institute will be on improving efficiency and sustainability while also reducing waste that is created during food’s journey from a farm to a retailer.

Plenty of expertise in these areas can already be found at the university, alongside plenty of facilities that will further enhance research capabilities.

Overcoming the challenges that face the food sector are at the forefront of government plans in nations across the world.

Growing populations are placing pressures on food supply while more companies are looking to create produce more efficiently, bringing down costs in the process.

Professor Andrew Hunter, pro vice chancellor for science at the University of Lincoln, believes that the challenge of providing enough food is likely to intensify in the future.

He added that the university is in a “unique position” when it comes to meeting the challenge due to the expertise and facilities that are available.

Professor Hunter said the centre represents a “major opportunity” to drive innovation in the UK while coming in addition to other state-of-the-art facilities that are already found in Lincoln.

Scientists, engineers and programmers already work across a number of projects at the Brayford Pool Campus while the National Centre for Food Manufacturing provides a gateway into the global food industry.

Grad Plus has plenty of environmental consultancy graduate jobs alongside others that are related to the agricultural sector 

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