The BSc (Hons) in Sustainable Agriculture/Agri-Food Production is a collaborative programme delivered jointly with Teagasc, Ballyhaise Agricultural College, Cavan and leads to a Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) award at Level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications.

On completion, students meet the requirements of a qualified farmer for the purposes of all Revenue and Department of Agriculture (DAFM) schemes (ie the Green Cert qualification).

Correct us if we are wrong, but this must be the first time that female entrants for a degree in agriculture surpassed the number of males as is the case with the 60:40 split on the DkIT programme.

Head of department of agriculture, food and animal health at DkIT Breda Brennan said: “It’s great to see the shift in gender balance that we have experienced over the past 10 years on our agriculture programme. It indicates that perhaps in the future, women will have an even stronger role to play in the Irish agriculture sector.”

DkIT has also recently received the prestigious award for gender equality which was presented by the international Athena SWAN by AdvanceHE in recognition of its commitment to advancing gender equality in academia, and in promoting diversity and inclusion for staff and students in higher education.

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