#RuBrief online rural CPD seminars return for 2019

Joint Ventures in Farming is the topic of our first #RuBrief online seminar for 2019. We will be online from 09.15 (GMT) on Friday 11 January 2019. In our 90 minute session we will look at the key attributes of modern joint venture agreements in farming - contract farming in particular. We will also review … Continue reading #RuBrief online rural CPD seminars return for 2019

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New: rural online cpd – #rubrief

I am very pleased to announce that I have formed a joint venture with Syncskills to offer a series of web-classes for rural professionals and managers.  These will run on occasional Fridays throughout the year and offer you an easy, affordable and accessible way to receive timely, focussed professional cpd at the comfort of your … Continue reading New: rural online cpd – #rubrief

First among equals

The BBC reports today that first class degrees are soaring.  What are employers to make of this?  Does it mean there are more top class graduates than ever?   More committed students?  Better teaching?  Easier assessments?  More teaching to the test?  Dumbing down?  Any, all, or more.  Expect the usual comments, debate and lack of … Continue reading First among equals

Land Management Today

Land Management TODAY - LMT - is published for the first time today.  The first edition is the work of a group of postgraduate students at Harper Adams University who came together at the end of June to study a module called Land Use and Management.  The first edition contains 28 short articles covering a … Continue reading Land Management Today

The Prince of Wales, Country Life and our countryside heritage

The Conversation is a website sponsored by several universities and others, with the aim of combining academic rigour with journalistic flair. Environment Editor Michael Parker asked me to appraise Prince Charles' editorial in the Country Life, and this is the article published by The Conversation on Friday 15 November 2013. Charles: the future king with … Continue reading The Prince of Wales, Country Life and our countryside heritage

If you live in the countryside, don’t go to school there

Defra has published its latest update to its Statistical Digest of Rural England 2013 today.  The education section has been updated this time.  Key conclusions to emerge seem to be: If you live in the countryside you're as likely as anybody else to get 5 or more GCSE's at Grades A* to C (equivalent to … Continue reading If you live in the countryside, don’t go to school there

CPD Changes for Chartered Surveyors: Blogging doesn’t count

New CPD (Continuing Professional Development) Rules for chartered surveyors came into effect this month.  They are simple and straightforward, commit us to a minimum of 20 hours CPD a year and a requirement to record our CPD on the RICS website. The new rules are a welcome simplification of the previous somewhat complex requirement concerning … Continue reading CPD Changes for Chartered Surveyors: Blogging doesn’t count