The University of Melbourne will strengthen its teaching and research in Agriculture and consolidate its courses in Geography, Resource Management and Forestry through proposed changes to faculty structures at the University.

Under the changes to be finalized next month, the Faculty of Veterinary Sciences will become the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, with all activities relating to on-farm animal and plant production as well as the Bachelor of Agriculture moving from the Melbourne School of Land and Environment to the renamed faculty.

All teaching and research programs in geography, resource management and forestry will be consolidated within the Faculty of Science and the Melbourne School of Land and Environment will be disestablished.

The University will also continue to expand the number of places available in the Bachelor of Agriculture course and has made a number of recent appointments in this area including new Professors of Meat Quality and Soil Science.

The expanded Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences will assume responsibility for the management of the University’s Dookie campus and the expanded Faculty of Science will be responsible for the campuses at Burnley and Creswick.

The final structure of the revised faculties will be developed in coming months in consultation with staff, however the changes are aimed at providing greater cohesion for staff and students working and studying in these areas and increased strength in research and teaching and learning.

The changes follow a review into the Biological and agricultural sciences at the University, which recommended better consolidation between courses.

University of Melbourne Vice-Chancellor Professor Glyn Davis said: “These changes will lead to better cohesion across our courses and strengthen our teaching and research expertise by bringing like areas together.

“Unifying our agricultural and veterinary sciences will help to solidify our regional focus while better cohesion across the courses will lead to a renewed emphasis for our engagement with industry in these areas.”