Audits & BSPP Published Documents

2012 Audit: Plant pathology education and training in the UK

Industry, policy makers and scientists all recognise that plant pathology is essential in addressing the issue of food security and in mitigating the effects of climate change. The UK must retain the ability to teach and train plant pathologists able to tackle these important new challenges. This audit, carried out on behalf of the British Society for Plant Pathology, surveyed the current levels of plant pathology teaching and training in the UK. Click here to read more


2006 Skills Audit

In 2006, an audit was commissioned by the BSPP Board in response to a perception by members that the nature of employment within the profession was changing and that employment opportunities were declining. The purpose was to undertake an audit of BSPP members working in the sub-disciplines of plant pathology, to collect information on training and employment records and where possible to draw comparisons with the situation 10 and 20 years previously. The process involved collection of data through on-line questionnaires for members, phone questionnaires with employers and through a review of job advertisements in New Scientist. More than 120 respondents (approximately 20% of the membership of the Society) completed the on-line questionnaire and 15 organizations took part. Surveys were conducted between September 2006 and January 2007. The audit was undertaken by Professor Geoffrey Dixon during my tenure as President and I want to express my thanks, on behalf of the BSPP, for the work he has diligently undertaken. Click here to read more