Bledisloe Memorial Lecture 2013 on science, technology and agriculture
Published 31 October 2013
David Willetts gave the Royal Agricultural University 2013 Bledisloe Lecture on the important role of science and technology in agriculture.
'I am delighted to be here today, at the newly named Royal Agricultural University. The name may be new, but the institution goes back to 1845. It has been known for many decades for its excellent teaching, research, and links with the agricultural industry. Previously, it was held back by a pointless rule that institutions with fewer than 4,000 students could not become universities. This government changed that. Now institutions are given university status based on quality rather than size. The new title is recognition of your strong performance, and I know that it means a lot to your students, staff and commercial partners.'