AHDB Beef & Lamb funds postgraduate students for two main reasons:
- to deliver cost-effective research of relevance to its priorities
- to contribute to the education, training and development of a body of qualified people available to deliver science and technology for the ruminant livestock and meat sector
Typically three PhD student projects are started each year, normally with 3 years funding, resulting in nine full time students at any one time. Where appropriate these are jointly funded with the other UK red meat levy organisations and/or other AHDB divisions. In addition, consideration is given to co-funding CASE students with other research organisations (such as BBSRC) on a case-by-case basis.
The research undertaken within the studentship programme will be required to address aspects of the R&D strategy, with specific priorities identified by the AHDB Beef & Lamb R&D team in collaboration with the co-funders of the students on an annual basis. The call is issued in partnership with other AHDB sector divisions and goes out during the summer, with decisions made in the autumn, for recruitment of students by the successful applicants for the following year.
The AHDB Beef & Lamb postgraduate programme includes research into the following areas:
- Animal health & welfare
- Animal nutrition
- Climate change
- Genetic selection
- Meat eating quality and safety
- System management