DR NIC Lampkin received an honorary fellowship from Scotland’s Rural College in recognition for his extensive work in organic farming and agroecology.

He has been heavily involved in the success of SRUC’s postgraduate diploma and master’s courses in Organic Farming, helping to launch a partnership approach to the course between SRUC and the Organic Research Centre in 2016.

Principal and Chief Executive of SRUC, Professor Wayne Powell, said: “His work complements SRUC and SAC Consulting’s knowledge and experience of organic farming through his specialist knowledge of European policy in organic farming.

“We are delighted to confer this Honorary Fellowship on Dr Lampkin and look forward to continuing fruitful collaboration in research and education related to agroecology and organic farming.”

Dr Lampkin was Director of Organic Centre Wales from 2000 to 2009 before joining the ORC. He has been instrumental in the development and implementation of organic actions plans in England, Wales and the EU, and has recently advised a programme (SME Organics) to develop organic action plans in eight European regions.

On receiving his fellowship, Dr Lampkin commented: “I’m delighted to be awarded this Honorary Fellowship at SRUC. I have worked with SRUC staff on research projects, publications and teaching over more than twenty years and have admired SRUC’s model of integrating teaching, research and practical farm advice.

“In particular SRUC’s leadership in long-term organic farming trials and distance learning teaching appeals to my own interest in finding ecological solutions to some of the challenges faced by agriculture,” he concluded.