22nd June 2009, 10:32am
University launches new faculty
University launches new faculty This year’s Lincolnshire Show will be the fitting venue for the launch of the University of Lincoln’s new faculty of Agriculture, Food and Animal Science, on Wednesday 24 June at 2.30pm.

Invited guests and visitors to the University’s marquee will hear the University’s Vice Chancellor, Professor David Chiddick, officially announce the faculty.  The Dean of the faculty, Val Braybrooks, will also be present along with representatives from each of its three departments: Department of Agriculture and Land-based Studies; Department of Food Manufacturing and Process Automation; Department of Biological Sciences.
Val Braybrooks said: “Operating from its Riseholme and Holbeach campuses the new faculty will provide the institutional focus required to build a premier agricultural institution for the future, and clearly there could not be a more fitting occasion to celebrate this important development than at the Lincolnshire Show.”

The launch of the new faculty comes just three months after the University’s new flagship training facility for food companies, the National Centre for Food Manufacturing at Holbeach, was opened by Marks and Spencer chief Sir Stuart Rose.

Visitors to the faculty’s stand at the Lincolnshire Show will also be able to enjoy a celebratory garden, demonstrating sustainable horticultural practice, and sample healthy sausages cooked by staff and students from the Holbeach National Centre for Food Manufacturing. The marquee is Stand 236, located on Avenue 10, Row G.

More information about the Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Animal Science:

The Faculty delivers a range of Further and Higher Education including postgraduate provision along with consultancy and research with an established international profile in research in the area of Clinical Animal Behaviour and Welfare.  

The three departments within the faculty focus on the following areas:

Department of Agriculture and Land-based Studies – based at the University’s Riseholme campus in Lincoln and incorporating Riseholme College.
Head of department - Bill Meredith
Primary production of agricultural crops and animal husbandry
Horticulture (commercial and amenity)
Sustainable agriculture and horticulture  
Agricultural engineering
Equine and Animal Management.

Department of Food Manufacturing and Process Automation – based at the University’s National Centre for Food Manufacturing, Holbeach.
Head of department - Professor Gerrit Meerdink
Further processing of agricultural products into food products for the retail and/or food service market
Process automation and manufacturing improvement  
Food packaging
Sustainable food manufacturing.


Department of Biological Sciences - based at the University’s Riseholme campus in Lincoln.
Head of department - Dr Paul Eady
Specialising in animal behaviour, welfare and management and ecology
Fundamental and applied sciences from molecules to cells to organisms, to communities
Applied animal and crop husbandries
Impact of animals on society and social policy.

The Department has an established undergraduate portfolio and research culture with significant scope for further development in particular postgraduate provision and the raising of the existing Research and Development profile.  
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