NRI leads effort to develop leaders for a healthy sustainable food system

CHAP member The Natural Resources Institute (NRI) of the University of Greenwich is leading on the establishment of a new training facility that aims to support the transformation of the UK food system to make health a priority.

The UK Food Systems Centre for Doctoral Training (UKFS-CDT) aims to produce a new type of doctoral graduate equipped with the necessary capabilities and characteristics needed to help transform the food system in our constantly shifting landscape with emerging challenges.

UKFS-CDT will train 60 researchers and champions. The four-year programme is aimed at graduates with a strong interest in multi-disciplinary research and interdisciplinary food systems perspectives. Highly motivated individuals from a wide range of academic or career backgrounds, including humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and physical sciences are invited to apply.

Students will have their individual training needs assessed in order to be offered tailored training schedules drawn from a wide range of postgraduate modules offered by the facility’s nine consortium partners. Alongside NRI these include: University College London, University of Sussex,  Aberystwyth University, the Royal Veterinary College, City University and Brunel University London, as well as two of CHAP’s partners, the agricultural research institutes NIAB-EMR and Rothamsted Research.

Students will benefit from an inter-institutional project discovery rotation with both a natural science and a social science research group.They will also have a 3-month placement with one of the academy’s 50 associate partners, drawn from government, business and civil society.

The UKFS-CDT and the PSFF are supported through the £5 million Strategic Priorities Fund Transforming the UK Food System for Healthy People and a Healthy Environment Programme, delivered by UKRI, in partnership with the Global Food Security Programme, BBSRC, ESRC, MRC, NERC, Defra, DHSC, PHE, Innovate UK and FSA.

For more information, go to the UK Food Systems website.

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