Universities Minister visits Brackenhurst Campus

Universities minister Jo Johnson MP visited Nottingham Trent University’s Brackenhurst Campus to learn more about the hands-on opportunities available for students and the scientific research being conducted there.

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Universities minister Jo Johnson MP with Prof Eunice Simmons

Universities minister Jo Johnson MP visited Nottingham Trent University’s Brackenhurst campus this week to learn more about the hands-on opportunities available for students and the scientific research being conducted there.

Professor Eunice Simmons, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at NTU, welcomed the minister to the campus and introduced him to Professor Rob Mortimer, Dean of School, Julia Davies, Head of Department for Environmental Science and Gareth Starbuck, Animal Programmes Manager, who discussed the scientific research into sustainable agricultural systems which is being carried out at NTU.

During his visit, Mr Johnson was shown the award-winning rare breed of cattle – the Lincoln Reds – at the University’s innovative Roundhouse. He also spoke to Head of Further Education, Pamela Ellis, and watched students on the BTEC Extended Diploma in Agriculture learning how to assess the condition of cattle during a practical led by a local farmer.

Prof Mortimer led a tour of the School of Animal Rural and Environmental Sciences’ small animal and veterinary area before showing him the campus library and newly refurbished student union Orangery cafe.

The minister also discussed elements of higher education policy with Prof Simmons, including the region’s skills needs and apprenticeships while also learning more about NTU’s work in widening participation and social mobility.

Prof Simmons said: “It was a privilege to show the minister the diversity and excellence of work at NTU Brackenhurst and he was very interested in our ability to address different levels and facets of the skills and innovation agenda.”

Mr Johnson last visited NTU in September when he attended the Universities UK annual conference, which was hosted at the University’s City Campus.

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    *         Nottingham Trent University’s five-year strategic plan “Creating the University of the Future” has five main ambitions: Creating Opportunity, Valuing Ideas, Enriching Society, Connecting Globally and Empowering People.

    *         The Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education was awarded to Nottingham Trent University in November 2015.  It is the highest national honour for a UK university and recognises the institution’s world-class research. Pioneering projects to improve weapons and explosives detection in luggage, enable safer production of powdered infant formula, and combat food fraud, led to the prestigious award.

Universities Minister visits Brackenhurst Campus

Published on 7 December 2016
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