The new unit provides a vital platform for both industry technologists and scientists to explore the interplay between nutrition, welfare and sustainability through its expertise in poultry nutrition and gut health, feed manufacture capability and specialist equipment for nutritional analysis in poultry and other species.
The research centre provides the base for a team of scientists well established in the field. Dr Emily Burton represents the UK in two Poultry European Working Groups: ‘Nutrition’ and ‘Education and Information’. Dr Dawn Scholey is a Council Member of the WPSA UK Branch and Chairs the Scientific Programme Committee and Dr Melanie Le Bon is a Council Member of the British Society for Animal Science (BSAS).
The Nottingham Trent University staff group also has international links through Visiting Professor Peter Williams (Past President of the BSAS) and Visiting Fellow Dr Natalie Morgan (University of New England, Australia).
One of our stated objectives is ‘to tangibly benefitting the full ARES student spectrum’. Our aim is to inspire students to recognise pathways open to them – be that in research or in industry, and to develop the skills and attributes needed to achieve their ambitions.
A unique feature is the biographies wall, where past and current students show research can be for everyone by explaining their (often-unconventional) backgrounds and routes into research. One volunteer student recently stated ‘working in the poultry research [group] has changed my life’