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. Split into academic levels 1-4 depending on the educational course they are studying (1 = entry level, 4 = Degree or similar), participants submit a written research presentation to the judges on a subject of their choice.

The closing date is tbc. 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 details of which will be provided asap.

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First Prize Student Assignment Winners 2019

Prize winning students in the 2019 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 on 6th October by Society President, Sir Richard Kleinwort.

This year students from across the South East region, studying courses in agriculture, machinery, floristry and viticulture, entered the competition including those from Brinsbury Campus at Chichester College in West Sussex, Merrist Wood College in Surrey, Plumpton College in East Sussex and Sparsholt College in Hampshire,

Ben Willdigg of Sparsholt College won first place in the Level 1 competition with his well-constructed and interesting manual, detailing the main aspects of calf rearing. 2nd and 3rd places were also awarded to Daniel Rodgers and Leona Snelling from Chichester College for their research on British deer and butterflies respectively.

At Level 2 it was Jo Owens from Merrist Wood that scooped first place thanks to her floristry submission identifying colour relationships via the colour wheel. Jo’s fellow student Carol Flowerday took 2nd pace for her work identifying elements and principles of design as applied to floristry, using a series of designs to demonstrate each of form, texture, colour, space and line.

Clare Peffers, also from Merrist Wood, was named the winner of the Level 3 category after submitting an impressive and diverse wedding and formal design floristry portfolio. 2nd and 3rd place prizes were also awarded to Lauren Snow and Victoria Cheesman from Plumpton College for their submissions on performance horse injuries and investigation into the creative design process in floristry.

Finally, it was Lesley Shipway from Plumpton College that took the first-place prize within the Level 4 entries, thanks to her study and investigation into erosion loss on an undesignated footpath.  Fellow Plumpton students, Domenico Doronzo and Frederick Jonhson were then awarded 2nd and 3d prize for their research on the UK wine trade.

Sir Richard commented:

“A huge congratulations to all our 2019 Student Assignment prize winners.  It is an absolute delight to see so many wonderful and well-thought entries being submitted to this competition.

“As a Society one of our main objectives is to inspire and support the next generation of UK agriculturalists and showcase just how inspiring and rewarding this industry can be and highlight the effect that their hard work ultimately has on the entire population.”


Please see below for a list of eligible land-based colleges in the region:

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