Posted 14 September 2016
This partnership forges a strong link between the advances in animal science developing through the academic research here at Harper Adams University and the innovation of a globally leading company in the agri-food sector."
Harper Adams and Dairy Crest have created a new lectureship as part of the two organisations’ unique partnership.
Dairy Crest has an expanding functional food ingredients business, and to help continue to develop this, the company has decided to jointly fund a new academic post.
The job of Dairy Crest Lecturer in Animal Science and Bioinformatics has gone to Harper Adams researcher Stephen Mansbridge. The aim of the role is to help expand the portfolio of research into a prebiotic food ingredient, which has dairy origins, to the animal feeds sector.
Stephen Mansbridge has previous experience in animal feed supplements research and is actively engaged in several new company-led research projects.
Stephen said: “This partnership forges a strong link between the advances in animal science developing through the academic research here at Harper Adams University and the innovation of a globally leading company in the agri-food sector.
“Together we now have yet a further opportunity to progress the application of science and knowledge to real-world developments, both in the field and with the students who are so fundamental to the future of, not only UK food security, but also to the wider global food supply chain.”
Dairy Crest Head of Science Technology & Open Sourcing R&D Simon Hunt said: “This appointment will provide Dairy Crest with a capability and capacity to undertake analysis of data derived from its current research into the use of Galacto-oligosaccharide (GOS) within the animal nutrition sector.”
Carwyn Ellis, Head of Animal Production Welfare and Veterinary Sciences at Harper Adams said: “I welcome the creation of the Dairy Crest Lectureship, which provides clear evidence of the close working relationship that has developed between Dairy Crest and the University, and in particular my department.
“I look forward to further collaborative research work to follow on from this development.”
Professor Peter Mills, Deputy Vice Chancellor at Harper Adams University said: “The partnership between Harper Adams University and Dairy Crest has seen a step change in benefits to both sides.
“Staff at Dairy Crest are able to draw on the expertise of our academics, and our students have opportunities to work at the forefront of product development and product design.
“We have also jointly sponsored this new academic post to bridge the gap between academia and industry which is the ultimate in knowledge exchange."
The collaborative partnership between the two organisations has been shortlisted in the Times Higher Education (THE) Awards 2016.