New internship programme at Christchurch University

Canterbury Christchurch University is inviting growers in Kent to take part in a new internship programme to help give its life sciences students some invaluable work experience.

The university’s Dr Christopher Harvey, speaking at the Rural PLC (Kent) annual conference at the end of last year (2015), said the internships would run for ten weeks during the summer (2016). He also explained that growers and the university would jointly fund the programmes.

Harvey said: “If we can do two or three projects this year when farmers put in £1,000 and the university puts in £1,000 we will start something that we hope will grow in future.” He added that the internships would see students from degree programmes such as Plant Science or Ecology and Conservation work with growers to create bespoke projects. Harvey also revealed that he is discussing the scope and aim of one such project that is focussing on pollinators in orchards. For more information visit

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