Iris McCormick


Doctoral International Teaching Fellow - Vice-Chancellor Scholar.

Having completed an MSc in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security here at the RAU, took up a role at Cotswold National Landscape as a farming engagement officer delivering the Farming in Protected Landscapes (FiPL) grant scheme. In this role gained extensive experience working with farmers to deliver activities to enhance biodiversity, mitigate and adapt to climate change, and increase and improve public access to farms and nature.

Returned to the RAU in February 2023 to continue research on virtual livestock fencing and animal welfare policy. Currently working towards a PhD alongside the role as a teaching fellow.  

This followed three decades in the tourism and hospitality world. Coming from a farming background, outside work interests include establishing and supporting traditional orchards: jointly founding and running a village orchard group, and a decade of keeping cattle for conservation grazing.  

Virtual Fencing and Livestock Welfare.

Sustainable Agriculture.


  • McCormick, I. A., & Stokes, J. E. (2023). Stakeholder Challenges and Opportunities of GPS Shock Collars to Achieve Optimum Welfare in a Conservation or Farm Setting. Animals, 13(19), 3084. MDPI AG. Retrieved from