More than 300 graduates toasted their academic achievements with family and friends at Hartpury’s annual graduation ceremony.
Gloucester Cathedral provided the spectacular setting as graduates from Equine, Animal, Agriculture, Sport and Veterinary Nursing were honoured for the successful completion of their Hartpury University Centre degree and postgraduate programmes on Thursday, October 20th.
They were joined by their parents, siblings, Hartpury staff and governors and honoured guests for the ceremony, which celebrated all that they have achieved at Hartpury. More than 20 trophies and prizes were awarded to students who had demonstrated outstanding academic achievement and commitment to their studies.
One of those prize winners was Yazmin Nicette, who was the top student on the BSc (Hons Sports Coaching) and graduated with a first class degree. She is now enrolled on the Masters in Coaching Science.
Throughout her degree, she worked for another Hartpury graduate, Shane Duff, at his Soccer School in Gloucester. She was also the football activator at Hartpury and is now leading the launch of the new women’s football and futsal programme at Hartpury.
Zoe Fletcher won the Berkeley Hunt Agricultural Cup for the Top Final Year Agriculture Student. As well as helping with the 24-hour lambing rota at Hartpury’s Home Farm, she carried out research on the impact on lambs of having their mother’s colostrum in comparison to another ewe’s when their mother is unable to produce it.
Zoe has also set up a group that travels to Sri Lanka to improve the living conditions of children staying in orphanages, cancer hospitals and homes for the disabled, while also helping the homeless and those living in extreme poverty.
Winner of the Hartpury Postgraduate Scholarship Prize for the top MSc by Research Animal Behaviour and Welfare Student, Laura Cox, has successfully published work undertaken in both her undergraduate and postgraduate dissertation projects.
These studies looked at How Human-Animal Emotional Relationships Influence Public Perceptions of Animal Use and how domestic rats are able to discriminate between quantities. A full list of the prize winners is below.
Hartpury Principal, Russell Marchant, said: “The commitment and dedication shown by our students and staff is something I take great pride in. As always, I felt privileged to be able to share in this celebration of their achievements and I would like to congratulate them and wish them all good luck in their careers and further study.
“I would also like to thank all of our prize sponsors, who make it possible for us to reward those students who have truly excelled in their studies.”
At the close of the afternoon ceremony, Hartpury’s Veterinary Nursing graduates made their declaration to the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) – a requirement of becoming a registered veterinary nurse with the RCVS. They were also celebrating the fact that they have all secured jobs in their chosen profession since graduation.
A gallery of photos from Hartpury’s graduation ceremony is on our Facebook page.
The full list of prize winners at Hartpury College’s graduation ceremony:
The Abbey Business Equipment Trophy for the Top Final Year BA Equine Business Management Student – Emerald CAMMEGH
The ACPAT Prize for the MSc Veterinary Physiotherapy graduate who has shown dedication to their work and will make a good contribution to the profession – Nadia KOPEC
The Alltech Equestrian Performance Trophy for the Top MSc by Research in Equestrian Performance Student – Jessica LAMBOURN
The Badminton Cup for the Top Final Year FdSc Equine Science and Management Student – Charlotte WALKER
The Berkeley Hunt Agricultural Cup for the Top Final Year Agriculture Student – Zoe Fletcher.
The British Dressage Trophy for the Top FdSc Equine Performance Student – Sophie GREGORY
The BVA Animal Behaviour and Welfare Foundation Trophy (BSc) for the Top Final Year BSc Animal Behaviour and Welfare Student – Johnathan BINKS
The BVA Animal Behaviour and Welfare Foundation Trophy for the Top Final Year FdSc Animal Behaviour and Welfare Student – Jessica JONES
The Cotteswold Naturalists’ Field Club Prize for the final year Animal and Land Student who has undertaken a research project that has made an outstanding contribution to the conservation of the natural environment of the Gloucestershire regions – Casey BROWN
The Dengie Horse Feeds Trophy for the Top BSc (Hons) Equestrian Sports Science Student – Ruth TAYLOR
The Dodson and Horrell Cup for the Top MSc Equine Science Student – Laura SMITH
The Eleanor Grundy Prize for the FdSc Equine Science and Management Student who has shown outstanding attention to Horse Welfare and Care – Terence HARPER
The European Technology for Business Ltd Trophy for the Top BSc Equine Management Top-up Student – Claudia JENKINS
The Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust Award for Outstanding Commitment to Wildlife Conservation Prize for the student showing the greatest contribution to wildlife conservation – Benjamin BRIGGS
The Hartpury Postgraduate Scholarship Prize for the top MSc by Research Animal Behaviour and Welfare Student – Laura COX
The Hartpury Undergraduate Scholarship Prize for the Top BSc Animal Management Top-up Student – Lorna HAYDON
The JD Griffiths Memorial Trophy and Sir Brian Pippard Prize for the Top Final Year BSc (Hons) Animal Science Student – Hannah RICHARDS
The Novartis Animal Health UK Trophy for the Top Final Year FdSc Animal Science Student – Stephanie CARRINGTON
The Peasebrook Veterinary Centre Trophy for the Top Final Year BSc (Hons) Equine Science Student – Chloe LEMON
The Sequani Bioveterinary Science Trophy for the Top BSc (Hons) Bioveterinary Science Student – Jessica HAGAIN
The Tom Pugh Cup and Prize for the Top Rural Land Management Student – Alexandra GROWDEN
The BVA Veterinary Nursing Trophy for the Top Final Year FdSc Veterinary Science Student – Hannah HARRINGTON
The Cranlea and Company Trophy for the Top BA (Hons) Sports Business Management Student – Saskia DAVIES
The Hartpury College Sports Science Trophy for the Top Final Year BSc(Hons) Sports Coaching Student – Yazmin NICETTE
The Malcolm Wharton Trophy for the best academic performance by an Academy Student – James EDGE
The Mobilis Trophy for the Top FdA Sports Business Management Student – Scott WILSON
The Raging Bull Cup for the Top Final Year FdSc Sports Coaching Student – Ruth CANHAM
The Robert Hall Business Equipment Trophy and Prize for the Top MSc Coaching Science Student – Marink REEDIJK
The Three Counties Equine Hospital Trophy for the Top Final Year BSc(Hons) Veterinary Nursing Science Student – Verity HUGHES
The World of James Herriot Ltd. Veterinary Nursing Award for the Veterinary Student who has demonstrated the most improvement throughout their studies – Maria Lopez CANO