The Kent County Agricultural Society Scholarship Scheme was set up two years ago to help fund up to nine students through their degree courses for each year of their studies. The Society looks forward to working with these individuals in developing a pro-active group of youth ambassadors over the next few years.
In 2016, the Society awarded Pip Bradley, Zac Scott and Jacob Taylor who have now completed their first year at university. Find out what they have been up to during their first year at University and how the Society’s funding has helped them in furthering their studies.
For more information about the KCAS Scholarship Scheme, click here.
Pip Bradley – BSc International Equine and Agricultural Business Management, Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester
I have just finished my first year studying International Equine and Agricultural Business Management at the Royal Agricultural University and it has been nothing short of amazing. As my degree covers three different points of topics, my week is divided into equine, agricultural and business lectures.
Within the equine part, which is the main focus of my degree, I study Equine Industry, British Bloodstock Production and Equine Bioveterinary Science. I’ve been on numerous trips for the Equine Industry module, including Weatherbys headquarters, Newmarket and the Three Counties Equine Hospital, which were all extremely interesting and beneficial to expanding my knowledge.
Agriculture is worth 20% of my degree but I still have three modules within it – Soil and Environmental Science, Livestock Science and Food Production. I have really enjoyed learning about agriculture as I have had very little experience with it in the past and in my spare time, on a nice day, I enjoy walking around the university farms with the people who study straight agriculture who can tell me more about what they grow on the university farms.
For the business side, I had two modules – Business Environment and Business Management. Both modules were new to me and although they were a challenge, I enjoyed pushing myself.
The scholarship given to me by the Kent County Agricultural Society really helped me this past year, both financially and as a way of motivating me. It has given me an immense sense of pride to know that a Society as big as the KCAS, who does so much within the agricultural and equine world in Kent, has the confidence in me to succeed in my degree.
Zac Scott, BSc Agriculture, Harper Adams University
As I finish my first year at Harper Adams University studying Agriculture, I look back on what has been a year of learning and personal development.
This year I have studied a mix of the basic agricultural production systems and more science based modules. In total 8 modules are studied each year, this year I have studied animal production systems, in this we were taught the basics of livestock production covering the main sectors sheep, beef, pigs, dairy and poultry.
I also studied a crop module which explained the basics of arable farming such as crop nutrition, rotations, diseases and pests. As part of the development of the module we looked at individual crops in more depth, for example looking at wheat, the different groups and varieties and management of the crop to meet market specification such as milling wheat.
We have also studied more science based modules such as natural resource science and introduction to bioscience. Natural resource science looks at the environment and what can be done to manage it. This module covered soil science, hydrology and the effects that climate change may have on farming. We also studied the ecosystems of the soil and how these interact with agriculture. The module introduction to bioscience taught us the basics of plant and animal biology at a cellular and organism level, microbiology was also taught in this module.
Finance management and economics were also studied as well as a marketing module, to understand the basic skills to run and identify successful business.
The funding I have received from the Kent County Agricultural Society has enabled me to take part in additional activities outside of my course that I may not have been able to do without their support.
Jacob Taylor – BSc, Forest Management, University of Cumbria
My first year at the University of Cumbria in Ambleside has been really enjoyable. I have learned a large variety of skills associated with my course, including how to use sample plots to measure large forests, the different processes of woodland harvesting and writing assignments and reports at university level.
Living away from home was at first a challenge, but with time it has become second nature. Thanks to the generosity of the Kent County Agricultural Society, I have been able to purchase the necessary equipment needed for my course and still have a contribution towards my living costs.
Outside of university, I am enjoying a balanced and varied life. I have a part time job in Ambleside which helps with living costs and I have played regularly for Ambleside Rugby Club this season. I enjoy walking on the hills and cycling all around the Lake District.
One of the best moments of the year has been our Upland Study Tour. As part of our course, the study tour allows us to visit forest regions that we would not usually see and to listen to stories of people in our industry. This year, we travelled up to Loch Katrine, to see how the local partnership between 3 large organisations, BP, The Forestry Commission and The Woodland Trust, are allowing the natural regeneration of Sitka spruce by controlling deer numbers and fencing off areas. We then travelled up to the Inverness area to see a forest harvesting site run by Euro Forest Ltd. We also visited sites at Glen Affric, Corrour and Castlemilk, Glasgow.
My favourite aspect of this first year at university is the stupendous scenery. Whether I am going out on a field trip, or walking and cycling in my spare time, everywhere you go there is always something new and beautiful to see. Whilst in the Lake District I have already enjoyed a number of excellent fell walks, such the Fairfield Horseshoe and Wansfell.
This first year at university has broadened my mind in respect of the different aspects of forestry. Coming from a course at Hadlow College which was based around urban forestry and arboriculture, it has been great to learn about how timber is harvested and extracted and how forests are then planted and managed for future harvesting.