our story, our values, our purpose

Rothamsted is a world-leading research centre with a proud history of ground-breaking discoveries in agricultural science since its founding in 1843.

In terms of its economic contribution, the cumulative impact of our work in the UK now exceeds £3000 million a year (Rothamsted Research and the Value of Excellence. Séan Rickard, 2015).

We view science as a continuum, from blue skies to green fields, and strategic research as the tool to confront complex problems. We combine both, supported by unique capabilities and interdisciplinary teams, strengthened by partnerships. Such a systems approach is the only way to achieve highly productive but environmentally-benign farming and food innovations.


Rothamsted is committed to providing a flexible and family friendly workplace. Policies and procedures are in place for family friendly meetings, maternity, adoption, paternity, shared parental and parental leave.


athena Swan

The Athena SWAN Charter recognises advancement of gender equality: representation, progression and success for all. Rothamsted has an Athena SWAN committee made up of employees from across the organisation who are working to take forward the Athena SWAN principles and embed them into our working practices and ensure continuous improvement for all.


Diversity & Equality Policy

The organisation’s success depends on its ability to draw on the skills, understanding and experience of its people. The potential rewards of diversity are significant: an organisation that recruits its employees from the widest possible pool will draw on a wider pool of talent and experience, and create an environment where employees are valued and supported, and appreciate their colleagues’ contribution.