After careful consideration five UK farming educators have been selected to receive special support during 2015 through the Farmers Club Charitable Trust.
For over thirty years the Trust has supported the nation’s university and college lecturers with over £500,000 of funding to help them meet the needs of the industry’s next generation.
This year’s applicants were scrutinised by a panel comprising Prof Ian Crute, Chairman of the selection panel and former chief scientist at the Agricultural and Horticultural Development Board, Vic Croxson, former chief executive of Landex, the organisation for Land Based Colleges Aspiring to Excellence, Farmers Club chairman Anne Chamberlain and Farmers Club Journal Editor Charles Abel.
The Trust was originally conceived and set up in 1981, by the late Trevor Muddiman, and was underpinned by donations and covenants from Farmers Club members, generously matched by the late Sir John Eastwood. In the late 1990s Mrs Stella Muddiman, who is now a valued trustee, very generously transferred land and property assets from a private family trust to the Famers Club Charitable Trust.
Each applicant is allocated a mentor, drawn from the FCCT selection panel, to provide a point of reference throughout their period of funding. Summary reports will appear in future issues of the Journal and full reports are accessible via the Club website.
Donations and enquiries should be directed to Club Secretary (firstname.lastname@example.org) or FCCT chairman (email@example.com)
This year’s successful candidates are:
- Ms Eleanor Boden, Myerscough College, Preston, Lancashire – investigating the perceived physiological barriers limiting the progress of females in the dairy and horseracing industries, including research in Kentucky, USA
Dr Agnieszka Dudkiewicz, National Centre for Food Manufacturing, University of Lincoln, Holbeach, Lincolnshire – studying the sensory quality and shelf-life of handmade butters compared to standard commercially produced butters in the UK
Miss Lesley-Jane Innes, Reaseheath College, Nantwich, Cheshire – seeking better ways to improve the effectiveness of knowledge transfer systems in grassland farming systems, by visiting New Zealand
Dr Tony Wilson, Easton and Otley College, Norwich, Norfolk – investigating the teaching of precision management of farming at Iowa State University and in East Anglia
Dr Oluseyi Moses Ajayi, National Centre for Food Manufacturing, University of Lincoln, Holbeach, Lincolnshire – exploring a novel method of heating fruit juice and tomato paste during processing, with project work to be undertaken in the UK
2016 Applications: Awards totalling up to £25,000 are made each year to advance agricultural education and training. Applications are invited from those employed in agricultural education and training, especially those early in their careers. Projects should aim to widen and develop the applicant’s technical expertise, through study activities either inside or outside the UK. The closing date for applications will be early February 2016. See: www.thefarmersclub.com/awards
Recent FCCT projects:
- TB in deer
Supply chain food safety
Calf health, nutrition and welfare
Communicating engine efficiency