A new bursary has been announced for students at the Royal Agricultural University and the University of Reading.
It is the result of a collaboration between the universities and Jordans Cereals alongside its long term partner The Prince’s Countryside Fund. It will support undergraduate students to pursue their interest in, and the full potential of, sustainable farming practices.
All four partners are dedicated to caring for nature and the environment, and the bursary is part of their long-term commitment to help build a more sustainable future for all by making a positive impact in agriculture.
UK based students under the age of 35, with an offer to study agricultural courses at either Reading and the RAU
starting in September 2019 are eligible to apply.
Alex Murphy, Jordans Marketing Manager, said: “At Jordans Cereals, we’re committed to protecting nature and the wider environment around us. We’re proud of our new bursary scheme designed to actively support the next generation of farmers, helping farming become even more sustainable in the future.”
Claire Saunders, Director of The Prince’s Countryside Fund said: “The Fund is delighted to be working with Jordans to provide this bursary, and we are grateful to the RAU and Reading for their support. We hope that this opportunity will help inspire students to consider how they can farm in the most sustainable and productive way.”
The six successful applicants will each receive a £3,000 cash award in their first year, and a further £1,.000 cash award (provided by their university) in both their second and third years of study, to support their academic studies and help to further their interest in, and knowledge of, sustainable agricultural practice.
The recipients of the bursary will also have exclusive access to mentoring from experts at Jordans and The Prince’s Countryside Fund, as well as benefitting from event invitations and access to both organisations’ networks. This presents a unique opportunity to broaden learning potential and to support a more interesting, dynamic CV for future employment in farming and agriculture.
Professor Joanna Price, Vice-Chancellor of the RAU, said: “The need to produce more food in a sustainable way while protecting the environment, boosting the rural economy and enhancing its communities, creates a wealth of career opportunities within the land-based sector. The RAU is delighted to have been chosen to offer this bursary and we look forward to welcoming its first recipients later this year.”
Professor Julian Park, Head of the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development (SAPD) at the University of Reading, said: “We are excited to be joining this partnership to provide opportunities for young people wishing to develop their careers and make a valuable contribution to the future of farming and food in the 21st century.”
To apply, undergraduate students who have confirmed The University of Reading or the Royal Agricultural University as their first-choice place of study on UCAS simply need to fill in an online application
form and record a short video clip explaining why they’re interested in sustainable farming.
Applications close on 31st May 2019 at 12 noon and bursary awards will be confirmed by Friday 30th August 2019.