Land, Farm and Agribusiness Management Department

The Land, Farm and Agribusiness Management Department is concerned with the economic, environmental and social sustainability of the countryside. The department's members examine, for research and teaching purposes, aspects of land use, care of the countryside, farm and rural business management and environmental technologies with particular emphasis on contemporary topical developments. All industrial sectors operating from rural-based locations are considered, from agricultural and farm-based businesses to leisure, tourism and event management. The department contributes to the continued commercial success of rural-based businesses and policy formation on rural affairs through both the micro-study of business units and the analysis of the wider economic environment.

The department is responsible for a range of land-based vocational courses. Many members of the department are qualified professionals involved with educating rural practice surveyors, though their expertise also covers other areas of surveying practice. The department's staff work in close partnership with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors to increase the number of qualified professional surveyors and achieve excellence at all levels of education. This starts at Foundation and Bachelor degree level through the Assessment of Professional Competence and beyond into full-time or work-based part-time Masters Degree and Continuing Professional Development. The Rural Affairs and Environment Department also contains environmental scientists and practitioners who prepare students for the scientific, practical and social aspects of countryside management and natural landscape conservation. In recognition that rural areas are increasingly used for leisure pursuits, and have become tourist destinations in their own right, the department also provides undergraduate programmes and industry training in outdoor adventure recreation, event, leisure & tourism management. The full-time members of the department have qualifications which frequently combine Higher Level post-graduate qualifications and/or Industrial accreditation with extensive practical experience. The full-time staff are augmented by well-chosen part-time members who are actively involved in industry, consultancy and/or research.

Research is an important activity for members of the department as it serves to inform their teaching and keep them at the forefront of thinking in regard to rural issues. Staff undertake academic and applied research and development in a number of areas:

  • Supply chain management
  • Relationships management
  • Market orientation in food and agriculture
  • Food deserts
  • Marketing to diverse ethic groups and cultures
  • Branding and retailing
  • Organisational slack resources and coopetition
  • Professional rural land management
  • Rural economic, environmental and social sustainability
  • Agricultural policy and agribusiness
  • Rural business management and risk analysis
  • Events, leisure and tourism in the countryside

The department also contributes short courses aimed at rural business people:

  • Rural Business Owners/Managers
  • Farmers
  • Equine Businesses
  • Festival, Show and Event Managers
  • Rural Practice Chartered Surveyors and APC candidates
  • Land and Woodland Owners
  • Local Authorities and Government Agencies
  • Charitable Organisations