In today’s global marketplace ambitious managers are needed, who will lead their business successfully through the challenges and seize any opportunities that arise in the agricultural sector. These individuals must have enhanced business, marketing and management skills and a high level of technical knowledge to complement their practical experience. Consultation with industry stakeholders such as Promar, Genus, United Utilities and several prominent and progressive farmers has highlighted the importance of these skills.
The BSc (Hons) top-up in Agricultural Business, Development & Leadership degree programme aims to produce graduates with high levels of professional, agricultural and management skills in order to meet the skills gap identified by several industry commentators . In its comprehensive “Future of Farming” review DEFRA identified the need for skilled entrants who understand the demands of the global marketplace and have business and management training. This had been echoed by our industry stakeholders drawn from major national organisations, processors and primary producers.