Livestock research scholarship is funded by founder of ANZCO Foods

A new Lincoln doctoral scholarship aims to help meet the need for alternative pastoral livestock production systems that will foster the environment, soil, livestock, and human health.

The Sir Graeme Harrison Pastoral Livestock Production PhD Scholarship is supported by a former Lincoln University council member and founder of ANZCO Foods, an organisation that produces beef and lamb products.

Sir Graeme has interests in the productivity, profitability, ethics and sustainability of livestock production systems.

The scholarship is offered through the Lincoln University Pastoral Livestock Production Lab, and under the premise that consumers and producers of animal products are increasingly aware of the intricate connections between the health of the land, animals and humans, as well as of our collective responsibilities to sustain and enhance the environment rssfor future generations.

Subsequently, land users, policymakers and wider society are calling for alternative approaches to pastoral systems. These include functionally diversified adaptive and integrative food pastoral systems that simultaneously operate across multiple scales, from landscapes and foodscapes to healthscapes.

The scholarship would help meet the need for integrative research and education enabling us to move from the status quo livestock systems to new ones that counteract negative connotations of animal products and propose ethical and sustainable foodscapes, with animal products promoting integral health.

The scholarship covers tuition fees and includes a $28,000 stipend per annum. The closing date for applications is 1 April.

Learn more here.

Source:  Lincoln University

Professor Bruce McKenzie returns to teaching role at Lincoln University in 2022

Professor Bruce McKenzie is spending his last days in the job as Acting Vice-Chancellor of Lincoln University before he returns to a teaching role at the University in the New Year.

As a Professor of Agronomy, he will re-join his former faculty to teach plant science to a new cohort of Lincoln University students, and is excited to start the new phase of his career.  He says:

“Teaching is one of my great passions, and I’m really looking forward to taking up the mantle again, as well as easing myself back into doing some research.

“It has been an honour to serve as Acting Vice-Chancellor, and I’m very grateful for being given the opportunity.

“I’m stepping aside at the right time. The University is in a good space, and we’ve been financially stable for an extended period.

“Our Lincoln University Strategy 2019-2028 remains the key driver for our growth, financial sustainability and ultimate realisation of becoming a globally-ranked, top-five land-based university.

“We have also created a vibrant and inspiring campus for our students through the launch of our campus development programme, and have successfully completed a number of our key projects – on time and on budget.” Continue reading

World’s first Bachelor of Climate Change degree attracts new scholarships

Tower is pledging $45,000 over three years to support students in a world-first Bachelor of Climate Change degree at the University of Waikato.

The three-year degree offers a combination of scientific knowledge, socio-economic understanding, and cultural diversity of climate change issues. Students will not only learn from expert researchers at the University, but also get the chance to see real-world cases where climate change is impacting groups and individuals.

Tower’s contribution will help the University nurture a workforce with a comprehensive understanding of climate change to lead New Zealand’s transformation towards a zero-emissions society. Continue reading

Grant Edwards appointed Vice-Chancellor of Lincoln University

Distinguished agricultural sciences academic, Professor Grant Edwards, has been announced as the next Vice-Chancellor of  Lincoln University, to begin his tenure on January 1.

Appointed to lead the University into the next phase of its growth as a financially sustainable, globally-ranked top-five land-based university, Professor Edwards was selected from a pool of exceptional candidates following a comprehensive national and international search. Continue reading

World’s first Bachelor of Climate Change launched at University of Waikato

The world’s first Bachelor of Climate Change degree has been launched by the University of Waikato, delivering graduates that will lead future climate change solutions, as New Zealand works to meet its target of net zero emissions by 2050.

The three-year degree is the first of its kind in the world, combining scientific knowledge with understanding of economic, social and political systems and Māori and Pacific responses to climate change.

University of Waikato Dean of Science, Professor Margaret Barbour, says as Aotearoa and the world works towards a target of net zero emissions by 2050, our future depends on how we respond to the challenge of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and how we adapt to environmental change. Continue reading

Lincoln University summer scholarship applications close soon

The $6000 scholarships are an opportunity for students to experience working in a research environment, to get a feel for what’s involved in postgraduate research, and to gain valuable research skills.

Many of the students who have previously been awarded summer scholarships have gone on to complete postgraduate degrees and establish successful careers.

Projects begin after the end of the semester two, and run for 12 working weeks.

Academic achievement, study background, research and work experience, and intentions for further study will all be taken into consideration.

Applications close 31 August  – information is available here.

Source:  Lincoln University

Academic named inaugural New Zealand Fellow for services in Agribusiness

The International Food and Agribusiness Management Association (IFAMA) has awarded their first New Zealand Fellowship to Nicola Shadbolt, Professor in Farm and Agribusiness Management at Massey University.

Professor Shadbolt’s association with the organisation dates back more than 20 years and includes her taking up roles as a chairperson, moderator, and presenter of research papers (both her own and on behalf of international postgraduate students who have returned home) at annual International Food and Agribusiness Management Association conferences.

She has served on the organisation’s board for nine years and has been a judge of the annual global case study competitions.

IFAMA Fellows Chair President Emeritus Walter Armbruster acknowledged Professor Shadbolt in a virtual message at this year’s conference. Continue reading

Megan Woods opens new science building at Lincoln University

The first of two new science buildings at Lincoln University has been officially opened by the Minister of Research, Science and Innovation, Dr Megan Woods.

The new building will be home to over 50 staff and postgraduate students from Lincoln’s Department of Agricultural Sciences, responsible for teaching and research in the animal sciences.

Acting Vice-Chancellor Professor Bruce McKenzie said the new science facility will strengthen Lincoln’s commitment to help drive New Zealand’s transition to a more productive, low-emissions economy.

“Lincoln University has always been a chief driver of innovation in agriculture, particularly in the food and fibre sectors, and our new facilities will position us to take an even more prominent role in developing solutions for the most pressing challenges facing the land-based industries,” he said.

“Our university has been producing primary sector graduates for more than 140 years, and we remain dedicated to attracting and inspiring future generations of tauira; equipping them with the knowledge and skills needed to grow a better future.

“It’s appropriate and timely that we deliver a new cutting-edge science facility as a base where our people, including our world-leading researchers, can continue their critical contribution to shaping more prosperous and sustainable communities.” Continue reading

Students are being encouraged to join thriving food and fibre sectors

Lincoln University is joining forces with Massey University, Horticulture NZ and DairyNZ to encourage high school students to pursue careers in the thriving food and fibre sectors.

The organisations are running careers events in a variety of regions throughout the country over the next two months.

The series, called Feed Your Future, provides opportunities for Year 11 and 12 students and their parents to hear from young industry professionals and visit agricultural and horticultural businesses.

Lincoln University Domestic Engagement Manager Jaime Shone said the initiative is in line with the Government’s commitment to encourage 10,000 more New Zealanders into the sector over the next four years. Continue reading

Waikato University to reduce roles from its science faculty

About a week after Massey University flagged to staff the next move in its sciences restructuring, Stuff reported Waikato University’s cutting 12 roles from its science faculty.

A proposal for changes to Te Aka Mātuatua– School of Science has been  circulated to the school’s staff and its management and with the Tertiary Education Union.

Staff were invited to submit by March 10, 51 submissions were received and the university decided to disestablish 15 full-time and part-time roles.

The change is part of enabling the School’s Vision and Strategy 2021-26, developed with staff input during 2020.

The university says the restructuring was necessitated by the school experiencing challenging financial situations not relating specifically to Covid-19, but years of escalating staff costs and a decline in students.

The cuts would reduce the deficit for 2021 from $1.93m to $1.17m, and in 2022 the deficit would fall again to $0.64m.

While 12 roles are disestablished, several new ones will be established to better fit the current needs of the school.

The net change is a reduction of 5.2 full-time equivalent academic staff and 1.2 full-time equivalent general staff.

Stuff reported a Waikato University spokesperson as saying the restructuring would allow the university to shift to a more integrated, student-centred approach, with an increase in full-time equivalent roles in teaching, undergraduate support and pastoral care within the School.

“It increases support for students, particularly in their first year when they need it most, so they can stay in science, and makes the future of the school more sustainable.

“We are actively supporting staff to be redeployed to these new roles. We have minimised the roles impacted in the change as much as possible through staff opting to take voluntary redundancy and early retirement.”

The change will not mean a loss of subjects or papers offered at early undergraduate levels.

Source:  Stuff