£1 million gift to Hartpury will support agriculture students

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Hartpury has launched two new scholarship schemes to provide financial support to more students studying degrees in agriculture, after receiving a £1 million endowment from the John Oldacre Foundation.

Hartpury College students progressing from a diploma to an undergraduate degree in agriculture at Hartpury University will be eligible to apply for a John Oldacre Bursary for each academic year of study of their degree.

Hartpury University graduates studying for a PhD will be eligible to apply for the John Oldacre Research Scholarship in an area of promising agricultural research.

Scholarships for both schemes, which are subject to recipients meeting specified criteria, will be awarded for the first time at the start of the 2019/20 academic year.

The John Oldacre Foundation provides financial support for the advancement and promotion, for the public benefit, of research and education in agricultural sciences, including the publication of significant findings.

Russell Marchant, Vice-Chancellor of Hartpury University and Principal of Hartpury College, said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive the John Oldacre Foundation’s exceptional gift of £1 million.

“Through funding scholarships, this extremely generous donation will allow more students to follow their passion and continue their education on our agricultural courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

“On behalf of all students and staff at Hartpury, I’d like to express our considerable gratitude to the John Oldacre Foundation for this outstanding gift and for allowing us the privilege of continuing John Oldacre’s original wishes to support agriculture education and research.”

Henry Shouler, the Chair of the Trustees of John Oldacre Foundation, said: “The Trustees are very pleased to have entered into partnership with Hartpury University and Hartpury College, which ensures John Oldacre’s legacy is maintained through the research and experience of scholarship recipients at Hartpury.”

The John Oldacre Foundation scholarships are in addition to the Guyll-Leng Bursary at Hartpury, which is open to applicants from households with limited income and demanding circumstances wishing to study Agriculture, Animal, Equine and related land-based subjects at college level.

Hartpury, which runs a number of agriculture diploma and degree courses, provides its students with access to state-of-the-art technology to help equip them with the skills and knowledge to gain careers in the industry.

From its own commercial farm on campus, Hartpury supplies produce to leading supermarkets, including Waitrose and Sainsbury’s.

Later this year, Hartpury is due to open its £2 million Agri-Tech Centre, which will utilise and demonstrate the latest smart farming techniques and illustrate the importance and impact of science and technology in agriculture.

For more information about bursaries at Hartpury, visit https://www.hartpury.ac.uk/uni-finance

Picture: Hartpury University students carrying out crop research

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