Your University magazine 2022-23

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Ensuring the inclusion of farmers in the design of new agri-environmental policies

nationally and internationally in delivering truly sustainable flight. “One of the most unique and critical aspects of SAF-IC is that the centre will be the first of its kind to research fuels which are made without any fossil fuels in the process, including improving understanding of how we can use bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) to make a negative emissions fuel.” Currently, the UK aviation industry is responsible for around 7% of the country’s total carbon emissions. SAFIC’s anticipated research will help the nation towards the target set by the Department for Transport: to reach netzero carbon emissions from aviation by 2050. Making sustainable aviation fuels a viable commercial option could reduce UK emissions by 32%. To learn more about the Sustainable Aviation Fuels Innovation Centre, visit:


heffield’s Institute for Sustainable Food has highlighted the need for skilled intermediaries to support farmers through the postBrexit agricultural transition and mitigate the impact of COVID-19. Our researchers have outlined a series of recommendations for how policymakers can improve methods of engagement so that a wide range of farmers can be included in the design of the new post-Brexit Environmental Land Management schemes, using different engagement strategies to work with individuals who may be harder to reach. These include improving rural broadband, working with trusted people, ensuring that engagement benefits farmers, and making sure forms of engagement like written

consultations are accessible to those with disabilities and limited free time. The research, conducted in partnership with the University of Reading, found there are multiple reasons why farmers might be reluctant to engage with policymakers, including negative past experiences, a lack of interest, age and bad internet access. Researchers found farmers are more likely to support and implement new policies on their farms if policymakers include a wider range of farmers in the design of new environmental policies, concluding that this will help deliver benefits to the environment. Dr Ruth Little, Lecturer in Human Geography

The research has already seen a dramatic increase in the number of known risk genes for MND, from approximately 15 to 690. Each new risk gene discovered is a potential target for the development of new treatments for MND and could also pave the way for genetic testing for families to work out their risk of disease. Dr Johnathan Cooper-Knock, NIHR Clinical Lecturer Find out more about this life-changing research at:

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