Education JANUARY 2020 www.irishfarmersmonthly.com Latest news from UCD A quick round-up of the latest happenings at UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science €3.1 million euro in funding awarded to UCD The UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science was recently awarded in excess of €3.1 million euro in funding from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine across 13 research projects. The awards were part of a Government investment of €20 million to research and innovation in the agri-food industry. Professor John O’Doherty, UCD School of Agriculture and Food received the largest award and will lead a project on ‘Nutritional and Management strategies to reduce antibiotic resistance on Irish pig farms’. This collaborative project will use a multidisciplinary research approach to develop solutions to prevent and manage multifactorial enteric diseases in pigs as a means of reducing the need for antibiotic use. Staff from the school of Agriculture and Food Science will lead eight of the 38 projects awarded and will collaborate on a further seven projects across the three main topics: Environment & Climate Smart Approaches to Agri-Food Systems; Rural Growth, Digitalisation & the Bioeconomy and Food. The UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science received €53 million in research income in the last 5 years and is ranked 19th Globally & 5th in Europe for the study of Agricultural Science. Pictured are Minister Michael Creed, Department for Agriculture, Food and the Marine and Professor John O’Doherty, School of Agriculture and Food Science, UCD UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science hosts online information events in advane of CAO deadline With the CAO deadline approaching on the 1st February, many students are considering their opportunities for undergraduate studies. The UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science recently hosted a number of online information events to inform potential students on the 12 programmes on offer for 2020 entry. Academic staff gave an overview of the programmes and career opportunities for graduates while final year students shared their experiences and highlights to date. There were three sessions covering: Agricultural Sciences; Food Science and Human Nutrition and Forestry, AgriEnvironmental Sciences and Horticulture, Landscape and Sportsturf Management. These videos are available online at www.ucd.ie/agfood and are an excellent resource for anyone considering their options. 24