|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||Literature review (2000 words)||20%|
|Semester Assessment||Study tour report (8,000 words)||65%|
|Semester Assessment||Dissemination activity (20 min or 2000 words, Presentation, film, technical article or panel discussion)||15%|
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Explain the current and future challenges facing the UK’s agri-food sector.
2. Synthesise information from industry and peer reviewed literature.
3. Compare the approaches taken to address specific challenges to the industry.
4. Evaluate the extent to which new approaches and practices might be applied to UK based systems.
Through an introductory workshop and a series of self-directed international visits (funded through the Nuffield Scholarship), students will gain an appreciation of how specific challenges affecting UK agriculture are being met elsewhere. Students will identify a topic for study which is relevant to current or future challenges facing the UK’s agri-food sector; for which they must provide a detailed rationale and study plan.
In line with the Nuffield Scholarship, the academic focus of the module will be:
Independent research into good practice in either farming, food, horticulture or rural industries outside of the UK; and
Exploring the potential for applying these in a UK context.
Scholars are able to travel anywhere in the world for a period of no less than 8 weeks to further their knowledge and understanding of their chosen study topic. On return from their travels they will submit a written report and present their findings, including recommendations to the relevant industry at the Annual Nuffield Farming Conference.
The travel and accommodation costs associated with this module are self, or scholarship funded. Applicants wishing to undertake this module must apply for a Nuffield Scholarship and attend the New Scholars Briefing and Annual Conference held each November.
|Skills Type||Skills details|
|Application of Number||Data analysis|
|Communication||Students will be expected to communicate complex research outputs to their peers in their dissemination activity and through their final report.|
|Improving own Learning and Performance||Detailed feedback will be given for assignment work providing general guidance towards the student’s next assignment.|
|Information Technology||Students will be required to source information from a variety of scientific publication data bases and to use Blackboard.|
|Personal Development and Career planning||The Nuffield Scholarship is available to people working in the agri-food sector. In itself the scholarship provides an opportunity that can benefit careers, industry and business, as well as advancing personal development. Nuffield Scholarships are recognised worldwide and provide access to a network of forward thinking professionals.|
|Problem solving||The development and execution of the study tour will help develop and improve student’s problem-solving skills.|
|Research skills||Students will be required to undergo directed self-study, so will develop their literature research skills.|
|Subject Specific Skills||Students will explore in detail challenges to the UK’s agri-food sector, look at how these are being met elsewhere; and apply this learning to UK based systems.|
This module is at CQFW Level 7