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Analysis of agritech student numbers from 2002 to 2013

Copyright: Rothamsted Research

This report, produced as part of a collaborative project between BBSRC and Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), explores the higher education student recruitment situation for agriculture and related subjects, and identifies trends that may advise future strategy and policy for higher education and research that addresses government and societal grand challenges in food, agriculture and sustainable development.

Agriculture has been identified by HEFCE, BBSRC and the UK Agritechnology Leadership Council (and others) as a strategic area which needs to build capacity in order to meet the future needs of the sector in supporting the UK’s ambition for food security. There have been concerns that the number of opportunities for entering the agriculture profession is limited by the range and choice of options available at all stages of education.

As part of a collaborative project, BBSRC and HEFCE have examined available data from UK Higher Education Institutions on numbers of undergraduate, taught postgraduate and postgraduate research students.