20 Design and Technology students from Laurus Ryecroft had an exciting visit to Harper Adams University as part of a research study led by LEAF Education.

LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) Education work with young people to inspire and enable sustainable farming.

The residential visit was the culmination of a research study of 2,500 young people hosted by LEAF Education in partnership with McDonald’s UK and Harper Adams’ School of Sustainable Food and Farming.

The study demonstrates how the agri-food industry is best placed to engage, motivate and inspire 12-19 year olds about the sector and how to get involved in it.

Laurus Ryecroft students were among 60 young people from five secondary schools invited from the study.

During their stay, the group learned about the agri-food industry as well as discovering the opportunities in Higher Education.

Laurus Ryecroft students met peers from five secondary schools and toured farming facilities

Photo via: LEAF Education @LEAF_Education

They were especially thrilled when they had a surprise visit from HRH The Duchess of Edinburgh, LEAF’s Honorary President.

The Duchess spoke to students from Laurus Ryecroft about their future career aspirations before they got involved in some high-tech agri-food sessions.

Laurus Ryecroft students sit and talk to the Duchess of Edinburgh about sustainable agriculture

Students spoke to the Duchess of Edinburgh about their future aspirations. Photo via: School of Sustainable Food and Farming @TheSSFF

Over the two days, they covered a variety of topics:

  • Food Science and Sensory Analysis
  • Conscious Consumerism
  • Engineering and Technology in Food Production
  • Animal Health and Veterinary Science
  • Diversity and Inclusivity

These sessions were led by lecturers from Harper Adams University, LEAF Education consultants and current undergraduates of the McDonald’s Progressive Young Farmers programme.

A Laurus Ryecroft student takes part in an agri-food session with the Duchess of Edinburgh and a lecturer and student ambassador from Harper Adams University

A Laurus Ryecroft student joined HRH in an agri-food session. Photo via: @TheSSFF

Their feedback on the sessions forms part of the research into how best to deliver the education of Food Production and Environmental Sustainability.

We’d like to thank LEAF Education and all partners for inviting us to join them for this unforgettable experience!