About Us

Agri-Food is the largest manufacturing sector in the UK, twice the scale of automotive and aerospace combined. However, the food chain is under pressure from population growth, climate change, political pressures affecting migration, population drift from rural to urban regions, and the demographics of an ageing population. Current agricultural practices are also harming the natural environment, with many species of wildlife facing risk of extinction over the next decade.

The team inspects the robot before testing.

Addressing these challenges requires a new generation of highly skilled researchers and leaders in robotics and autonomous systems (RAS) with interdisciplinary expertise. AgriFoRwArdS thus focuses on the development of advanced RAS technologies, which will advance the state-of-the-art in both the fundamental RAS science and our chosen domain of Agri-Food.

The Centre brings together a unique collaboration of leading researchers located at the heart of UK agri-food business, together with the Manufacturing Technology Centre, and supported by leading industrial partners* and stakeholders from across the food, farming and robotics industries. These include John Deere, Syngenta, G’s Growers, Beeswax Dyson, ABB and the Agricultural and Horticultural Development Board.

We are looking for enthusiastic, talented students to join our new 4-year programme in a vibrant and research-intensive environment. The fourth year of entry to the CDT programme starts in October 2022 at the University of Lincoln, UK.

Find out more about the Centre:

Eleanor Glanville Centre

The CDT has a Panel dedicated to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI). The EDI Panel will have a diverse membership with representation from all three partner universities, our industrial partners and the student body. The EDI Panel will oversee all activities within the CDT, promoting inclusion, equality and the understanding of diversity. The panel will be led by Professor Belinda Colston, CDT Co-Investigator (ED & I strategy) and Director of the Eleanor Glanville Centre.

Find out more information regarding equality, diversity and inclusion within AgriFoRwArdS.

University information:

The University of Lincoln

Located in the heart of the city of Lincoln, has established an international reputation based on high student satisfaction, excellent graduate employment and world-class research. Find out more information on studying at Lincoln here.

The University of Cambridge

Consistently ranked among the top universities in both national and international league tables, the University of Cambridge offers a world leading graduate education. Find out more information on studying at Cambridge here.

The University of East Anglia

UEA research is embedded in our outstanding teaching and connects our world-leading academics with society, government and industry. Find out more information on studying at UEA here.

The Student Blog

The AgriFoRwArds Student Blog is here for anyone thinking of applying to the CDT as well as those who have already joined us!

From beginning the masters year to writing your PhD dissertation and everything in between, our students are going to be blogging about their experiences to give you an insight in to what it is really like to be a student of the AgriFoRwArdS CDT.

As well as posts from students, the admin team will also be regularly blogging to keep you all up to date with the latest from the AgriFoRwArdS CDT.

Click HERE to visit the student blog!

Your personal information

The University of Lincoln collects personal information about you when you express an interest in, make an enquiry about or apply for the Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) programme. For more information regarding what information we collect and how it is used please follow the below links.

Privacy Notice for Applicants

Privacy Notice for Industry Partners