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Land-based education sits at the forefront of the biggest crises facing our world, from food scarcity to environmental destruction and global warming.

And running a land-based college is no countryside picnic. Their principals have a myriad of responsibilities on top of ensuring that education is up to scratch and budgets balanced.

Their vast estates are costly to upkeep and, for some principals who live on-site, like Kingston Maurward’s Luke Rake, it is a 365-day-a-year job.

In his spare time Rake, who is also a director of Landex (the membership body for land-based colleges and universities) is a “rock god” and lead guitarist in Britain’s biggest Iron Maiden tribute band, Ironed Maiden.

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