To support the transformation of the UK system into one that prioritises health, a new training facility is being established called the UK Food Systems Centre for Doctoral Training (UKFS-CDT).
The Food Systems Centre aims to produce a new type of doctoral graduate with the core capabilities and characteristics necessary to contribute to food system transformation in a constantly shifting landscape with emerging challenges.
UKFS-CDT will train 60 researchers and champions and it is being led by The Natural Resources Institute (NRI) of the University of Greenwich.
In addition to the training courses, students will have their individual training needs analysed and undertake tailored training. This will be drawn from a wide range of postgraduate modules offered by the academic partners, which include: University College London; University of Sussex; Aberystwyth University; the Royal Veterinary College; City University; Brunel University London; NRI, NIAB-EMR and Rothamsted Research.
Students will benefit from project discovery rotation with both a natural science and a social science research group.
These will be inter-institutional to leverage the strengths of multiple project partners.
Each student will also benefit from a 3-month placement with a government, business or civil society partner administered through the Professional Internship for PhD Students programme.
The UKFS-CDT will provide a rich forum for networking and collaboration between food system actors. The Academy has an open membership and details can be found at the CDT website www.foodsystems-cdt.ac.uk.
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