These resources were created by the Sheep CRC, using funding provided by the CRC, Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA), Australian Wool Innovation(AWI) and the Australian Wool Education Trust(AWET). When the CRC was wound up, the intellectual property associated with these resources was assigned to AWET, conditional on AWET entering into a licencing agreement with the University of New England, so that resources could be used to deliver undergraduate courses based on the resources. The assignment deed also requires AWET to make the resources available as widely as possible to individuals or organisations wishing to use them for self-learning.
Three levels of access are provided:
A Visitor is able to view the modules and topic synopses, but cannot access any of the module documents
An Educator is a registered user wishing to utilise these resources as research and/or reference materials. An Educator can access MsWord versions of the resources as well as PDF versions. Educator access is provided to appropriate registrants by the site Administrator.
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The resources or “modules” available are:
In partnership with the Sheep CRC, Australian Wool Innovation, the Australian Meat and Livestock Association and the University of New England, the Australian Wool Education Trust provided funding for a comprehensive range of education modules to be developed and delivered by UNE. With the winding up of the Sheep CRC in 2007 the CRC and its core parties assigned the intellectual property associated with the Sheep and Wool Modules produced during the course of the CRC to the Trust. This Deed requires the Trust to make this Intellectual Property available to other organisations and individuals, but with some caveats.
The Assignment Deed requires AWET to use its reasonable endeavours to:
To comply with these obligations AWET has granted a licence to the Modules and the Module IP to the University of New England (UNE) for the purposes of conducting specific educational activities based on the Modules. This arrangement is covered by the Assignment Deed.
In granting this licence AWET retained the right to Use the Licensed IP and to grant licences to third parties for any purpose, provided that where in the reasonable opinion of AWET there is a direct conflict between the proposed activities of a proposed third party and the activities of UNE, AWET must consult with UNE and will use its reasonable discretion in considering such grant to any other third party licensee.
Under the terms of the Assignment Deed AWET must on request:
Furthermore, under the terms of the Assignment Deed AWET must grant:
UNE is the leading centre for the study of wool science in Australia with the most comprehensive range of sheep and wool units. These units cover all aspects of the wool supply chain from farm to fabric utilising these resource materials.
A total of 10 education modules are available, although not all of these are offered every year. Students can be enrolled directly at the University of New England or participate in the education modules offered by UNE via distance education.
UNE is in the heart of premium fine wool country and there is ready access to all the resources needed for teaching and research in sheep and wool science, including University rural properties and animal houses. Much of this research is conducted with UNE, CSIRO Livestock Industries and NSW DPI co-supervisors in the economics, genetics, biochemistry, nutrition, wool metrology and health areas.
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