PhD research activity progressing steadily at Writtle College

January 2011

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(NOTE: This is an archived press release.)

Strong growth in PhD researchers at Writtle College is steadily leading to a four-fold increase compared with the College record two years ago. This academic year has seen the number of PhD students grow to 20, with further study proposals from 10 more students to be set in motion ready to start in the next academic year.

This substantial increase in researchers at the College is closely linked to a new research strategy and efforts to broaden research skills. Writtle’s focus is on applied research, connected with industry and delivering outputs that are relevant now. The strongest areas of activity are in animal and equine science, postharvest and conservation.

Research Coordinator, Carlos De Luna, said “we want to make sure that learning and teaching are informed and developed by our research activity at Writtle. It is helping to create a research and innovation culture here and provide information for the industries we serve. It will create opportunities to generate income and ensure our people’s strengths and talents are fully developed”

PhD studies that started this academic year are focused on areas such as stallion and diary cow fertility, welfare of captive animals, ruminant nutrition,business management and change, and the posture position of an equestrian rider. The College also has PhD students at applications stage. Their study proposals will research into the areas of landscape architecture, and applied biology.

Furthermore to research growth, the College has taken the decision to join the Research Excellence Framework process in 2013.

To find out further information, or to discuss possible PhD opportunities please contact the Research Coordinator Carlos De-Luna 01245 424200 or