Student Assignment Competition for Land-Based Colleges
The Student Assignment Competition is open to all students studying at land-based colleges in the region and is designed to encourage individual research, to improve knowledge and develop study skills. The closing date is 1st July 2019. An independent judge is appointed and prizes of £150, £75 and £50 will be awarded to the top three entries in each category at a presentation ceremony to be held at the Autumn Show and Game Fair on 6th October 2019.
First Prize Student Assignment winners 2018
Prize winning students in the 2018 South of England Agricultural Society’s Student Assignment Awards, celebrated as they were presented with their prizes and certificates at the Autumn Show and Game Fair [October 7] by Society President, Richard Benyon MP.
Fifteen students from across the South East region, studying courses in agriculture, machinery, floristry and viticulture entered the competition this year, including Brinsbury Campus at Chichester College in West Sussex, Hadlow College in Kent, Merrist Wood College in Surrey, Plumpton College in East Sussex and Sparsholt College in Hampshire.
Richard Benyon MP took time to address the audience and said to the students, “As the Society’s President I am absolutely thrilled to be here today and want to congratulate all of you on your hard work and efforts with your entries into this competition. You are the future of our diverse agricultural industry and it is vital that we stay in touch with you, listen to your ideas and support you along the way.”
Emma Gould from Sparsholt College won first prize in the Level 1 category and received high praise for her study in establishing a virtual farm, which included a comprehensive and detailed review of budgets, business ideas and opportunities on the farm. Mark Simons also came second in the Level 3 category with his enterprising evaluation into buying new or second hand machinery, a topic that is always give much debate in the industry. Alicia Parker from Sparsholt was also presented with a certificate for her entry into the Level 3 category on the welfare of sows both here in the UK and USA.
Merrist Wood College in Kent did very well this year with two students scooping first prize in the competition. Floristry student, Gemma Huckerby won the Level 2 category with an excellent piece on the planning, preparation and construction of floral arrangements. First prize was also awarded to agriculture student Victoria Lisle in the Level 3 category on her detailed evaluation of the nutritional and housing needs of goats, sheep, cattle and pigs.
Floristy students, Leanne Hammond and Nicola Thompson from Merrist Wood also did very well with Leanne’s highly graphic and enterprising colour relationship study being awarded third prize in the Level 2 category and Nicola Thompson receiving a certificate in the Level 3 category for her report on the processes and evaluation of floral arrangements.
Matthew Broad from Hadlow College in Kent was also awarded a certificate and given recognition in the Level 3 category for his study in the principles of livestock breeding using examples of Aberdeen Angus beef cattle and Kerry Hill sheep.
Two viticulture students from Plumpton College in East Sussex took first and second prize in the Level 4 category. Justin Bache was awarded first prize with his research into the effect of pre-fermentation skin contact on the chemical and sensory properties of English Bacchus wine; and coming a close second was Kristina Withey with her comprehensive report on the cellar door services of the UK wine industry.
Fergal Parker Harding, also from Plumpton, was awarded third prize in the Level 2 Assignments for his review of work experience undertaken in the middle year of study at farms in the UK and Australia; and Kerris Poland was also recognised for her study into a year spent on a dairy farm in Kent.
Students from Brinsbury Campus at Chichester College in West Sussex were given high praise in the competition, with Madeleine Watts taking second prize in the Level 2 category with her study on maintaining healthy crop growth for winter wheat. Hannah Poole also came second in the Level 1 category with a study on alpacas and Katheryn Stone was delighted to be awarded third prize in the Level 4 category with her fascinating investigation into the instinctive nature and behavior of ants.
Carole Hayward, Vice Chairman of the South of England Agricultural Society said, “Congratulations to all our prize winners this year. We are delighted to see so many strong entries again this year with such a wide range of topics.
“Working in partnership with colleges, schools and other businesses, the Society hopes to inspire other young achievers to come into an industry that is rich with diversity and opportunities. I entirely agree with our President, that it is absolutely crucial that we encourage and support our next generation of UK farmers and food producers if we want them to move positively into the future.”
The South of England Society funds the Student Assignment Competition, which is open to all students studying at land-based colleges in the region and is designed to encourage individual research, to improve knowledge and develop study skills and forms.
Please see below for a list of eligible land-based colleges in the region: