Top research conference is a big success

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Hundreds of people turned out to Myerscough College’s annual research conference.

The sell-out event has been hailed as the biggest and best yet.

Now in its ninth year, the audience heard keynote speakers giving addresses on topics including the welfare of managed animals, sports performance and sustainable plant cultivation and arboriculture.

Myerscough is officially recognised as the UK’s leading college for applied research in the areas of plant science, animal welfare and sports performance. 

Various topics related to these main areas were suggested and staff and students of Myerscough College used the day to present some of their latest research and findings.

Among the main speakers were Dr Renate Walker from the Royal Veterinary College in London, Prof Barry Drust from Liverpool John Moores University, Dr Jaime Puertolas from Lancaster University, Dr Martin Roderick from Durham University and Prof Geoff Hosey from Bolton University.

The conference, attended by both students and external delegates, was coordinated by Myerscough’s director of research, Dr David Elphinstone.

He said: “We are one of the largest providers of these specialist subjects in the country and research plays a key role in this.

“Our mission statement says that we will reinforce our academic activities with a culture of learning and with a growing body of research that has a significant profile regionally, nationally and internationally.”

He added: “This latest conference highlighted the role that research plays in underpinning the education we provide and imparting a research ethos among our higher education students.”

College principal Ann Smith said: “I think what’s exciting is the sheer commitment of both staff and students towards the whole concept of research and its essential part it plays in our learning experience.

“The success of this year’s conference follows on from our QAA inspection report that named research as one of our many areas of good practice, and I think that kind of recognition shows the importance the sector places on informed teaching.’’

Assistant principal Mick Cottam, added: “It was an excellent event and the speakers were really well received.”