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Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Parliamentary Select Committee

Date: 17th March 2021

Tim Whitaker, Chief Executive Officer and Principal, Askham Bryan College, said: "Askham Bryan College has been invited to contribute to an Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Parliamentary Select Committee session on March 23rd, 2021, about national land based education.

“Whilst this is not an official inquiry into the closure of Newton Rigg, it will be discussed within the session’s broader context of the future of national land based education and delivery of the Government’s new Environmental Land Management scheme. The College welcomes the opportunity to take part.”

About Askham Bryan College

Askham Bryan College is one of the largest specialist land-based colleges in the UK with more than 5,000 students and training around 800 apprentices at sites across Northern England.

The College specialises in rurally-focused education and offers full and part-time Further and Higher Education. Courses include Agriculture, Horticulture including Arboriculture, Forestry, Land and Wildlife Management, Sport, Engineering, Equine, Animal Management, Motorsport, Veterinary Nursing and Uniformed Public Services. Its strong cohort of apprentices further their skills through work-based learning and through the College’s many industry partners.

The main campus is near York plus it has campuses of varying sizes at Middlesbrough, Saltaire, Newcastle Gateshead, Wakefield, and Newton Rigg, Penrith. Visit

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