The two bursary winners are Victoria Woods, a third year agricultural science student and second year agriculture student Kelly Duffin
Agriculture and Agricultural Science students at WIT impressed an industry panel at the recent interviews for an annual placement bursary.
Each year the Agricultural Science Association (ASA) teams up with the Irish Farmers Journal, Glanbia and Seedtech to provide placement bursaries to students in the BSc (Hons) in Agricultural Science and BSc in Agriculture to support costs associated with farm/industrial placement.
Three industry representatives took part in virtual interviews with agriculture/agricultural science placement students in January 2021 to decide winners of the annual placement bursaries. These were: Denise Stuart, Administration Manager, Seedtech; Pat Tennyson, Senior Business Manager, Glanbia and Anne Marie Butler, Senior Ag Manager, Ulster Bank/President of the Agricultural Science Association.
Programme leaders Dr Michael Breen and Dr Tony Woodcock, thanked all of the interviewers for giving their time and expertise so generously. “Placement is an integral part of the ag science/agriculture programmes here in WIT and it is great to have the continued support of our industry stakeholders in awarding the placement bursaries,” said Dr Woodcock. Dr Breen added that “The interviewers were very impressed with the broad knowledge of the agri food sector that the students displayed as well as their eagerness to learn from their forthcoming placement.”
Seedtech’s Denise Stuart, said: “Seedtech were delighted to be involved in the WIT Placement Bursary once again this year. Unfortunately, due to Covid 19 restrictions, the students cannot travel abroad for their work placements. However, we hope that the bursary will go to good use, either for internal travel expenses or is hived away for when we can all travel abroad again. Seedtech was very impressed with the quality of the candidates again this year and we wish the applicants and winners every success in the coming year.”
Pat Tennyson, Glanbia said “Glanbia is delighted to continue our association with Agricultural education in WIT through our sponsorship of this placement bursary. We were very impressed with the standard of the students who applied for the bursary again this year and we were delighted to award the prize to a really deserving winner. We are delighted to join with the Agricultural Science Association in supporting this award, and we look forward to further collaboration with WIT and the ASA in the future.”