Philippa Bradley is one of our third-year scholarship students and has written the following report on her International Equine and Agricultural Business Management course at Royal Agricultural University.

Third year started off with a two-week trip to France and Germany with my course, to look at the international equine industry. This was the second part of an International module, with the first half taking us to Kentucky in the Easter of Second Year. Both trips were really interesting and enjoyable, giving me an opportunity to experience how horses are a part of societies on an international scale.

After a lovely two weeks away, I had to hit the ground running as the rest of the university was two weeks ahead of me! Dissertation proposals and coursework deadlines were heading very quickly my way. My modules this year are thought-proving and challenging in the best way, with modules such as Rural Business Diversification and Advanced Equine Business Management. I have also started research for my dissertation piece. My title is ‘The efficacy of Equine Facilitated Therapy and its effect on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder’. With this research piece I hope to contribute to knowledge surrounding alternative methods of therapy to treat trauma and mental health issues, primarily PTSD. To an extent, the project also aims to normalize mental health issues a little bit more and make something as large as PTSD a subject of conversation, by spreading knowledge on a mental health issue that is hardly ever spoken about or even understood by people who are not suffering with it.

I am really looking forward to my final year at the Royal Agricultural University. The past two years have been such good fun, I have worked hard and played harder, and I truly feel that when I leave next June, the life lessons learnt at RAU will stay with me for the rest of my life.