What is the future for upland farming in Wales: Beyond CAP?

Upland farmers in Wales are invited to a free one-day conference at the Glasdir Business and Conference Centre, Plas yn Dre, Llanrwst, Conwy LL26 0DF on 15 March 2017.

The event will:

    •  examine the possible implications of leaving the EU, the impact of Wales’ new environmental and sustainability-focussed legislation, and policies on upland farming.
    • explore key relationships between farming and landscapes, access, the environment and nature.
    • offer farmers the opportunity to discuss and contribute to future policy developments for the future of upland farming in Wales.

Participants will hear from upland farmers in Wales, and international examples (from Ireland) where farmers have a clear say in designing agri-environmental schemes which benefit their livelihoods.

Simultaneous translation will be available during the day. Please book via Eventbrite

For further details, contact Ruralnetwork@gsi.gov.uk

The event is organised by Bangor University, in partnership with RSPB Cymru and Cynidr Consulting, Powys.

Free Workshop to promote £1.5 million capital grant to grow businesses and create jobs within the tourism sector in rural Gloucestershire 

Date: Wednesday 5th April

Place: The Growth Hub, University of Gloucestershire Oxstalls Campus

Time:  09:30 – 14:30 BST

Organisations are being invited to submit expressions of interest to the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) Growth Programme. The grant is applicable for land-owners, farmers, groups representing rural communities, charities and public bodies. The overarching aim of the fund is to encourage visitors to spend more time and money in the rural parts of theGFirst Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) area.

To promote the launch, a free workshop is being held, which will include a step by step guide to applying for funding, and delivering a project under both the Growth Programme and Leader Programme.

The event is organised by GFirst LEP, who worked with the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) to secure the financial allocation through the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) – part of the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF).

The workshop will be structured through a series of presentations, case studies, networking and group surgeries covering the process for developing a robust funding application and successful project delivery. The main presentation will be delivered by Defra/RPA covering the application process including priorities for the Call; eligibility; measures; grant levels; timescale and top tips for success and pitfalls to avoid. A comprehensive applicant handbook has been published to accompany the Call.

This workshop will be just the beginning of a process to offer on-going support to potential applicants to maximise good quality applications and successful delivery of economic and social outputs.

Supporting presentations will include an overview of the Gloucestershire European Structural Fund; the importance of tourism to Gloucestershire; overview of LEADER, and a series of case studies.

To book a place on the workshop, visit http://bit.ly/eafrdgfirstlep.

University of Gloucestershire Research Methods Seminar Series

These seminars are open to everyone, staff and students alike, and we hope people from all Schools, Faculties and Institutes will participate.  The aim is to provide an open and friendly  environment where people from a range of research areas and interests can talk together about research. We hope this enable us all to learn more about different approaches in order to raise awareness of research for all. These have been developed by staff in the Research Priority Areas Sport, Exercise, Health and Wellbeing and Learning in Professional Contexts but for staff from any area to across to share common ground and perhaps inspire interdisciplinary collaboration.

Each month the seminar will look at a particular aspect of research from the practical perspective of the presenter. The seminars will take an accessible and practical approach and act as a ‘safe space’ to think through the challenges of the research process.

UoG welcome offers to present from anyone involved in research from undergraduate level onwards. Presentations can be around a current research project, maybe on an issue which is causing difficulty, a project in progress, or one that has been completed.

The seminars are held on the last Wednesday of each month.

Any enquiries or offers to present, please contact Liz on lellis2@glos.ac.uk

University of Gloucestershire Sustainable Landscape Series.