Bursary Success at Greenmount Campus

Christmas came early for twenty-four successful agriculture and horticulture students with the CAFRE Bursary programme at Greenmount Campus.

Higher Education students at Greenmount Campus who each received bursaries from bursary sponsors

A total of £24,500 was distributed in the Awards Presentation on Friday 7 December.

Agricultural students who each received bursaries with Dr Kate Semple, Agriculture Higher Education Programme Manager and Darren Houston, BSc stage 1 Year Manager

This year’s bursaries were generously provided by ABP Food Group, AI Services Ltd, Bank of Ireland, Bulrush Horticulture Ltd, Calor Ltd, Cogent, Dale Farm, Danske Bank, Devenish Nutrition, Dunbia, Fane Valley, Genus ABS, Gibson Trust, Irish Farmers’ Journal, John Thompson and Sons Ltd, Moy Park, National Beef Association, Out There Services, Tyrone Farming Society, Ulster Farmers’ Union, Ulster Grassland Society and Yara.

CAFRE staff and Bursary winners alongside Bursary sponsors at the recent awards event at Greenmount campus. Back Row: (L-R) Dr Eric Long, CAFRE, Neville Graham, Dale Farm, Richard Primrose, Bank of Ireland, Liam McCarthy, ABP Food Group, Mark Mc Clements, Calor, Eamonn Matthews, AI Services and Dr Kate Semple, CAFRE. Front Row: (L-R) Jack Stewart, Ballyclare, Andrew Muldrew, Armagh, Sarah Spence, Waringstown, Anthea Cossar, Donaghcloney, Rachel Brown, Pomeroy and Esther Thoburn, Carrickfergus

As expected, there was very high competition for the bursaries from Higher Education students at Greenmount Campus who commenced their studies in September 2018 on the BSc Agricultural Technology Honours Degree, the Foundation Degree in Agriculture and Technology and the Foundation Degree in Horticulture.

CAFRE staff and Bursary winners alongside Bursary sponsors at the recent awards event at Greenmount campus. Back Row: (L-R)  George Moffett, CAFRE, Rodney Brown, Danske Bank, Carol McMullan, Danske Bank, Jonathan Ewing, Genus ABS, Ryan Connor, Devenish, Emma Nelson, Dunbia, Hugh Ferguson, The Gibson Trust and Dr Kate Semple CAFRE. Front Row: (L-R) Aisling Downey, Dromore, Co Down, Katherine Acheson, Banbridge , Brian McNaughton, Loughgiel, Thomas Hoy, Richhill, Kathryn Gibson, Killinchy, Ellen McClure, Dundrod

Speaking at the Awards Presentation Ceremony, Dr Eric Long, Head of CAFRE Knowledge Advisory Service, thanked the industry representatives for their generosity and willingness to support young people entering higher education within the sector.

CAFRE staff and Bursary recipients alongside Bursary sponsors at the recent awards event at Greenmount campus. Back Row:  (L-R) George Moffett, CAFRE, Alan Johnston, Moy Park, Edwin Cartwright, Tyrone Farming Society, Ashley Fleming, Cogent, Thomas Harkin, Tyrone Farming Society, Thomas Barnett,  Fane Valley, Amanda McCrea, Fane Valley and David Wright, Irish Farmers’ Journal. Front Row: (L-R) Daniel Sloane, Killylea, Josh Fegan, Clogher, Adam Lamberton, Donegal, Laura Allen, Augher and Clare Murray, Omagh

The bursary sponsors praised the high quality of work by all students participating and congratulated them on their efforts. Two of the companies were represented by recent CAFRE graduates, Emma Nelson from Dunbia and Jonathan Ewing from Genus ABS. Jonathan Ewing was the recipient of the Genus ABS bursary in 2015.

CAFRE staff and Bursary recipients alongside Bursary sponsors at the recent awards event at Greenmount campus. Back Row:  (L-R) Dr Eric Long, CAFRE, David Brown, Ulster Farmers’ Union, Jim Freeburn, Ulster Grassland Society, Philip Cosgrave, Yara, Jonathan McCaughan, John Thompson & Sons and Dr Kate Semple CAFRE. Front Row: (L-R) Courtney McMullan, Ballymoney, Matthew Clingen, Ballynahinch, Joshua Mc Clements, Portaferry, Sophie Thompson, Donemana and Laura Fulton, Dungiven

Thomas Barnett and Amanda McCrea representing Fane Valley, commented on the amount of work that had gone into the submissions and also the strong performance of the candidates at interview.

Greenmount Campus Horticultural students who each received bursaries with CAFRE staff and Bursary sponsors. Back Row:  (L-R) Claire Woods, CAFRE, Paul Mooney, CAFRE, Mark McClements, Calor, Laura Henderson, Out There Services. Front Row: Juliet Turner, Fintona, Ester Thoburn, Carrickfergus and Edele Feenan, Newry

Sophie Thompson, a student on the BSc (Honours) Agricultural Technology degree programme was the recipient of the John Thompson & Sons bursary.  Sophie thanked the sponsors for their support on behalf of all bursary recipients. “The bursary programme is not just about the money – it provides students with an opportunity to network with industry representatives with placement opportunities offered by a number of the bursary providers.”

Jonathan McCaughan presents the John Thompson & Sons Ltd Bursary to BSc Agricultural Technology student Sophie Thompson, who gave the vote of thanks on behalf of all bursary recipients

All pictyres by Aaron McCracken

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