The RAU will be hosting an episode of BBC Radio 4’s Any Questions with Jonathan Dimbleby on Friday 7 April 2017.
RAU to host aspirational School Farms Network Education Alliance Conference
The Royal Agricultural University (RAU) is pleased to be hosting the first School Farms Network Education Alliance (SFNEA) Conference on Friday 30 June and Saturday 1 July.
The School Farms Network Education Alliance (SFNEA) is an exciting initiative between the Royal Agricultural University (RAU), the School Farms Network (SFN – part of the Federation for City Farms and Community Gardens), and Applied Inspiration (AI): an international education specialist and partner to the RAU.
The purpose of the SFNEA is to support and develop the School Farms Network (SFN) to encourage and drive land-based education in schools and communities, with visible pathways through to further and higher education. The SFN currently consists of 120 schools in the UK that rear livestock.
The RAU recognises the link between school activities and student progression to higher education and career outcomes, and is working to support the SFN and widen participation.
The SFNEA Conference
The conference will bring together staff, students, and policy makers from educational organisations across the UK, and provide a forum for knowledge exchange between those who are passionate about school-based farming and ensuring pathways to university.
It will explore the role of farms in schools, and the value of land-based education, including the areas of agriculture, business, technology, food security, and the environment.
Keynote speeches will be delivered by; Adam Henson, Director of Cotswold Farm Park and TV presenter, Dan Corlett, CEO of Farming and Countryside Education, and Leigh Morris, CEO of the National Land-Based College. There will also be a series of breakout sessions for delegates to choose from, including; celebrating the success of the SFN, farm education and the bigger picture, school farms as sites for learning, student success and progression, technology and enterprise, careers in farming, practical sessions for teachers, and contemplating the next steps – and more!
The full event programme is available to view online.
Get involved in the discussion using #SFNCon17 on twitter.
Farm491 workshop launch
On Friday 30 June, Farm491, our dynamic agritech innovation hub, will officially open five cutting-edge workshops at our Harnhill Manor Farm. The launch will include a celebrity appearance from rare breeds farmer and TV presenter Adam Henson.
Conference delegates will have the opportunity to explore this new facility, and network with attendees from industry, local employers, partners, and stakeholders.
The new workshops will provide developing agritech organisations with vital space to research, test, and refine their ideas for the benefit of the wider agricultural and food production industries.