External Research Invitation to Tender:

Ruskin Mill Trust (RMT) provides specialist independent education to children and adults with complex needs including learning difficulties, autistic spectrum conditions and disabilities. Our unique method of Practical Skills and Therapeutic Education helps learners overcome barriers to learning, become skilled and contribute to community.

Ruskin Mill Trust is looking to appoint an external research consultant to:

  • improve the way we evidence the effectiveness of our PSTE teaching and learning method to outside stakeholders (Local Authority commissioners, parents etc.)
  • review our data holdings and data capture processes to identify what data to collect for these purposes in future.

We want to be able to show the impact of student time spent with RMT and our effectiveness vis-à-vis relevant national and international comparisons. External researchers will lend added rigour to our own evaluation processes and provide an opportunity to benchmark what we do with other relevant service providers.

Please download the Invitation to Tender document here and send any queries on the document and procurement process to Dr Laurence Cox, Research Consultant.


Trauger Groh Memorial Scholarship – EXTENDED DEADLINE

De-commodifying agriculture: researching Temple Wilton CSA

Call for expressions of interest

 3.5-year fully-funded PhD scholarship

Centre for AgroEcology, Water and Resilience (CAWR), Coventry University and Ruskin Mill Land Trust

Visit Coventry University to apply by 31 July for a September start. Familiarity with Trauger Groh’s book ‘Farms of Tomorrow’ will be a distinct advantage.

 

Overview

Trauger Groh (1932-2016) was a pioneer of community-supported agriculture and land trusts, in particular through his founding in 1986 of the biodynamic Temple-Wilton Community Farm in New Hampshire (USA) and his two co-written books Farms of Tomorrow (1990) and Farms of Tomorrow Revisited (1998). Temple-Wilton is one of the world’s oldest community supported agriculture projects (CSAs), with a radical model that goes well beyond many CSAs.

The Trauger Groh Memorial Scholarship, supported by Coventry University and Ruskin Mill Land Trust with the approval of his widow Alice Groh, will support a researcher to carry out a detailed analysis of the history and workings of the model developed by Trauger Groh and his collaborators at Temple-Wilton. The research will also involve exploring the future potential for this model on a wider scale: is it possible to develop a CSA model that can be used in contexts such as Ruskin Mill? Can CSAs be used to decommodify agriculture? Is it possible to develop a model for land trusts in keeping with Rudolf Steiner’s Threefold Social Vision, freeing land and granting the right to make it available in the three fields of the spiritual, the economic and the legal.

The research will be directed and supervised by staff at the Centre for Agro-Ecology, Water and Resilience at Coventry University, a unique transdisciplinary research centre with specialisations in community self-organisation for resilience and a particular interest in citizen-generated knowledge. For more details on CAWR please see https://www.coventry.ac.uk/research/areas-of-research/agroecology-water-resilience/. The research will be advised by Aonghus Gordon, Ruskin Mill, and supported by research staff at the Field Centre, Ruskin Mill. For more information please see http://www.rmt.org/ and http://www.rmt.org/fieldcentre/.

Candidates should ideally have a good academic background (BA or Masters) in a relevant discipline as well as experience of CSAs or biodynamic agriculture and familiarity with the work of Rudolf Steiner. It will be important to be open to understanding, studying and critically analysing the CSA model as well as developing it further. A capacity to engage with multiple disciplines and methodologies will be a distinct advantage. NB that funding only permits this scholarship to be offered to UK / EU citizens.

The research will involve extended field trips to Temple Wilton.

Terms: The scholarship covers full fees and expenses plus a stipend averaging £15,000 p.a. over 3 ½ years.

More information on PhD research at Coventry can be found at http://www.coventry.ac.uk/research/research-students.

 

For vacancies in Ruskin Mill Trust please visit: http://www.rmt.org/jobs/