Devenish launches PhD programme in partnership with Queen's University

7th March 2019

Devenish launches PhD programme in partnership with Queen's University

Agri tech company to fund two students for four-year research and training programme

Belfast-based international agri-tech company Devenish has launched a doctoral training programme in partnership with the Institute for Global Food Security (IGFS) at Queen's University Belfast, offering two PhD studentships in research areas at the cutting edge of agri-food innovation. This will extend a historic and fruitful partnership between Queen's University and Devenish.

Centred around the company's 'One Health, From Soil to Society' vision, the Devenish Doctoral Training Programme will allow two students to specialise in a number of fields, from soil and health management, new product development, animal and human nutrition to regulatory affairs, supplemented by a placement within Devenish.

Gillian McAuley, Group HR Director, Devenish said: "Globally, the agri-food industry is facing the complex problem of feeding a growing population in a way that is safe, nutritious and sustainable.

"Our partnership with Queen's University, rooted in our holistic 'soil to society' vision, will allow us to nurture the very best talent and produce the next generation of industry-leading thinkers.

"Our hope is that the Devenish Doctoral Training Programme will produce world-class, cross-disciplinary scholars with a deep understanding of how to optimise the use of nutrients in soils, plants, animals and humans, as well as the importance of nutrition for good health and the prevention of ill health.

"By investing into skilled research, we are investing in the long-term stability of the agri food sector,” Gillian said.

Professor Nigel Scollan, Director of the Institute for Global Food Security at Queen's, said: "This programme represents a valuable opportunity for PhD students to be at the forefront of industry-leading research, while developing their professional skills within a dynamic, international organisation.

"It encapsulates what IGFS is all about - world-leading research twinned with real-world application - and why IGFS puts such an emphasis on our strong links with industry so that, together, we can help write the road-map for the future of agri-food."

Applications for the Devenish Doctoral Training Programme will remain open until 29 March. For further information and to find out how to apply visit www.devenish.com/careers

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