Bishop Burton College

Who we are

Established in 1954, Bishop Burton is a lead specialist college for rural skills development within the region and beyond with more than 3000 students - from across Yorkshire and the UK - on full or part-time courses.  Since 2008 the college has invested over £40million in the development of its campus in East Yorkshire to provide a 21st century learning experience.

Capital investment has taken place in:

  • Higher Education Centre; Learning Resource Centre; Science Laboratories
  • Equine Arena; Equine Therapy and Rehabilitation Centre;
  • Cross Country Course and Hacking Track;
  • Animal Management Centre including Kennels and Dog Grooming Facilities
  • Centre for Sports and Fitness; Floodlit all weather 4G sports surfaces; Beef Shed
  • Horticulture Unit; Centre for Agricultural Innovation; Residential Accommodation

What we do

The College specializes in agriculture, countryside and environmental management, equine, animal management, sport and horticulture.  It's the country's only centre of vocational excellence for agriculture and equine and maintains excellent relationships with local employers.  Higher Education courses of particular relevance to agriculture and food are:

FdSc in Agriculture & in Countryside Management

FdA Leadership and Management

BSc Agricultural Resource Management & in Environmental Conservation

Bishop Burton College Farm operates in a commercial environment and so is subject to the same market forces as everyone else. There is clear, thorough and transparent planning, monitoring and accounting procedures and high quality management, with the skills and experience needed to predict and implement change. The College via the farm maintains close links to the agricultural community, through trading activity, trials and research and the delivery of training courses.  Recent relevant research projects include:

  • Slurry treatment, in order to reduce ammonia levels in pig houses and reduce leaching and volatolisation when spreading slurry to land, in conjunction with Plocher
  • A comparison of growth rates and eating quality of conventional and traditional pig breeds
  • Reduction/elimination of tail biting in growing pigs, in conjunction with FAI Farms, Bristol University
  • Farrowing crate free systems, in conjunction with the RSPCA
  • Maize under plastic vs. conventional growing techniques, in conjunction with Thompsons Feeds
  • Yeast as a means of enhancing dairy cow rumen function, in conjunction with KW
  • Research in to seed transfer by a range of farm machinery, in conjunction with FERA
  • Growth rate trials on a range of swards in conjunction with EBLEX
  • Minimal cultivations, in conjunction with Sumo Engineering
  • Augmenting molybdenum uptake in lettuce to benefit human diets
  • Trace elements and wheat development
  • Effect of rapeseed oil on Omega 3 and Omega 6 ratio in pig carcases
  • Herbicide resistance in Blackgrass
  • Pre Emergence sprays on oilseed rape.


How to find out more

For comprehensive information on the College, its activities and how you can apply for courses, click on the website link in the box on the left. To contact the College, click on the email link.

Bishop Burton College
York Road
Bishop Burton
HU17 8QG

Contact name:
Jeanette Dawson
Position:College Principal
Tel:01964 553000
Fax:01964 553101

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