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Jordans and The Prince’s Countryside Fund Sustainable Agriculture Bursary Launch Day


Jordans and The Prince’s Countryside Fund announced the 2019 winners of their Sustainable Agriculture Bursary at a launch event on Tuesday 5 November, held at the Jordans Mill in Biggleswade, one of the last working roller mills in the country. The students learned more about The Prince’s Countryside Fund, and listened to a talk about the Jordans Farm Partnership.

The 2019 winners are Christabel Bishop (Royal Agricultural University), Elena Chapman (Royal Agricultural University), Elliot Cole (University of Reading), Ed Fearnall (University of Reading) and Trystan Williams (Royal Agricultural University).

The bursary supports the successful applicants’ academic studies at either the Royal Agricultural University, in Cirencester, or the University of Reading, and helps them pursue their interest in, and knowledge of, sustainable farming and agricultural practices.

Elliot said: “The launch event was a really useful way to learn more about Jordans and The Prince’s Countryside Fund, and how they will help us over the next few years.”

Christabel added: “It was great to learn more about all the partners involved and hear about the projects they run. I now have a better understanding of how these organisations are striving to achieve a more sustainable agricultural sector and guiding us in our future within the industry.”

The second year of the bursary is now open for applications. Up to six successful applicants will each receive a £3000 cash award in their first year, and a further £1000 cash award (provided by their university) in both their second and third years of study.

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.

Prospective undergraduate students who have confirmed the Royal Agricultural University or The University of Reading as their first-choice place of study on UCAS for September 2020 can apply.

To find out more about the application process, including eligibility criteria, click on the link below. Applications close on 29 May 2020.

Professor Joanna Price, Vice-Chancellor of the Royal Agricultural University (RAU), said: “Sustainability is embedded into education and research at the RAU and we are delighted to have been chosen to offer this prestigious bursary. I congratulate these first recipients and look forward to following their progress in their studies and ensuing careers. I also encourage others with a passion for sustainable agriculture to apply for next year.”

Professor Robert Van de Noort, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Reading, said: “In a world increasingly shaped by climate change and a growing population, the provision of sufficient, sustainable food while protecting and enhancing the environment is becoming ever more important. This generous bursary opportunity will help empower the next generation of farmers to adopt and develop more sustainable farming systems. We are pleased to be able to welcome the first student recipients to the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development and wish them well in their studies.”

Mia Hartwell, Sustainability Manager at Jordans Cereals said: “We’re incredibly proud to work with The Prince’s Countryside Fund to help a new generation make agriculture more sustainable through the bursary. Protecting space for nature has always been at the heart of Jordans Cereals, particularly on the British farms where our oats are grown. We cannot wait to see how these students go on to use their bursaries and shape the future of sustainable agriculture.”


2019 bursary winners


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