Leading Edge at Reaseheath
Reaseheath College and University Centre Reaseheath are at the forefront of technology and training, and deliver the skills and innovation that employers need and want.
As a result of our Leading Edge agenda we have developed local, national and international partnerships with businesses, academic and industrial partners and we are a recognised centre for applied research and innovation.
Our Leading Edge work is visible across many aspects of the college, whether it be through work with employers, taking forward the sustainability agenda, our use of technology or our work on research and innovation supporting our scholarly activity. It is an exciting time in the specialist sectors we support with the very nature of jobs changing and fast evolution of the technologies supporting innovation and working practices. It is therefore vital that our students are equipped with the transferable skills to future proof them and employers have the opportunity to also engage with the college as a key knowledge exchange hub. Reaseheath College and University Centre has invested over £80million pounds and counting as we continue to ensure students are working on the very latest practices and as a result our story, in this our centenary year, continues to grow and evolve.
This part of our website will continue to grow also as we add many more fantastic example of how our students and employers are engaging and learning so keep checking back.
Our land-based specialisms and understanding of these markets enable us to:
- Contribute to the economic recovery and community development by informing local and national skills plans
- Develop strong industry partnerships through collaborative training which include advanced technologies, digital skills and STEM
- Train highly skilled technical specialists to meet future industry needs and to upskill and develop current workforces
- Enhance our position as a leading industry training provider through our dedicated Business Hub
- Continually invest into skills development and into updating and extending our course offer, including a new growth area surrounding ‘T Levels’
Our exclusive partnership with Rookery Equine delivers industry focused training in equine hydrotherapy – watch our video to find out more:
Leading on the sustainability agenda is at the heart of Reaseheath and at our core we have a unique set of resources working together across our precision farm and data hub, national food centre and food innovation lab and environmental centre, including the biggest vertical farm of its type and state of the art glasshouses. Further specialist resources to support all these areas are coming soon.
Our Further Education courses utilise all these resources in a joined up way through our innovative Academy of Land and Environment, ensuring our students have the composite of skills across multi-disciplines that jobs increasingly demand. Our University Centre students benefit from the increased opportunities to enhance studies through scholarly activity and Leading Edge work at the forefront of new technologies to support the decarbonisation agenda.
Our campus wide sustainability agenda enables us to:
- Respond to global issues such as sustainability through a relevant, up to date offer, supported by applied research and innovation in relevant industry settings
- Maximise our position of delivering courses centred around biodiversity and sustainability
- Create our own sustainable environment by ensuring students and staff have the skills, knowledge and facilities needed to achieve net zero carbon, resource efficiency and environmental sustainability
- Establish an Academy of Land and Environment to embed sustainable practices within the curriculum, and develop UCR degrees which embrace study underpinned by sustainability
- Develop the concept of sustainability across all departments with the aim of becoming carbon neutral by 2030. Central to this is a new farm strategy focused around regenerative farming practices and a field to fork initiative
- Improve and increase biodiversity of habitat for wildlife across campus
- Introduce energy consumption and waste management practices across campus such as a plastic bottle free initiative in college catering outlets
Vertical farming centre showcases technological innovation.
The UK’s largest training and research centre for vertical farming has been completed at Reaseheath. The centre, part of the new Institute of Sustainability and Food Innovation, aims to showcase the technological innovations within this fast growing and specialised sector.
Animal management students use sustainable practices whilst building a new enclosure.
The students designed and built the replacement home for yellow mongooses Bertha and Barry using sustainable building practices. The enclosure was built entirely from recycled and repurposed materials from across college with further donations from the public and local businesses.
Our embracement of the latest digital and technological innovations enable us to:
- Continue developing excellent links with businesses, which in turn loan or donate high-quality and up-to-date equipment for the training of apprentices and students
- Invest in industry-standard facilities offering highly sophisticated training resources such as our £8million Centre for Advanced Engineering and Agri Technology and our British Retail Consortium AA accredited Food Centre
- Build the UK’s largest training and research centre for vertical farming, for use by both businesses and students
- Collaborate with sister colleges in Cheshire and Warrington in an innovative Advanced Construction Training (ACT) project which supports the construction industry in building high quality, sustainable, efficient and good value infrastructures
- Support an Institute of Technology bid in collaboration with Cheshire and Warrington Colleges and the University of Chester for considerable investment into new training facilities and technical equipment in the Agri Tech and Food Innovation sectors
Our recently installed automated robotic milking system and its associated data hub delivers training in cutting edge green technology to staff and students – find out more about our partnership with Lely here:
Research and Innovation
We believe that research and innovation are essential tools for future success.
- We closely align the practices and results from the projects we manage to the education and learning of our students, ensuring they have industrially and commercially relevant skills and experience
- We are a recognised centre for applied research – a natural partner for demonstration, testing, trialling, and validation of technologies, products, processes and systems in real-world situations
- We aim to become a knowledge exchange hub, where employers can learn from and adapt the results of our research projects to suit their business needs
- We enjoy an innovative strategic alliance with the University of Chester and our shared Institute of Sustainability and Food Innovation will enable us to work together and provide a pooling of high tech equipment and expertise to enhance the learning experience and engagement in support of these vital agendas
- We nurture strong partnerships with environmental organisations and collaborate on sustainable grant projects within our farming and rural communities
- Our Projects, Research and Innovation team focuses on supporting the farming and food and drink industries, enabling this important sector of the rural economy to thrive, be more sustainable and resilient, and to contribute to environmental improvement
- We actively encourage staff and undergraduate scholarly activity, including attending and presenting at academic conferences and applying for research and travel scholarships
Ground-breaking biochar feeding trials to support more sustainable dairy production.
Reaseheath-led research will investigate the impact of feeding biochar to cattle – examining biochar’s impact on milk production in dairy cattle and general cow health and longevity and its potential to reduce methane.
The Smart Catchments concept offers a new approach to delivering ecosystem services.
The concept uses a network of low-cost sensors distributed throughout a waterbody/catchment, and open-source data and local information. This allows a data-rich, real-time and interactive view of the catchment to be created – this is a Smart Catchment.
eDNA survey technique
Revolutionary survey technique used to detect great crested newts on campus.
A rapidly emerging survey technique is being used for the first time by undergraduates surveying Reaseheath’s ponds for the presence of great crested newts (Triturus cristatus).
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