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Agriculture placement awards

6 June 2012

Alex Goodge
Alex Goodge

We are very passionate about our student work placements which form an integral part of the degree process and are key to the success of our courses.


Ian Burrow presents the award to Alex Goodge (centre), joined by the other finalists and Charlotte Woffindin (far right) from NatWest.
Ian Burrow presents the award to Alex Goodge (centre), joined by the other finalists and Charlotte Woffindin (far right) from NatWest.
Harry receives his trophy from Mrs Sheila Lewis
Harry receives his trophy from Mrs Sheila Lewis

Harper Adams agriculture students were recognised for their excellence during placement year at an award ceremony, recently.

Students, staff, parents and employers were invited to the annual event to find out who had won the NatWest Placement Awards and Andrew Lewis Trophy.

Terry Pickthall, Placement Manager, said: “We are very passionate about our student work placements which form an integral part of the degree process and are key to the success of our courses.

“We have extremely high standards and find that our placements offer students a more employable future.”

Ian Burrow, NatWest Head of Renewable Energy & Agriculture, presented awards to three HND students – third prize winner Lee Davies, second prize winner Lucy Peacock, and first prize winner Alex Goodge.

21-year-old Alex from Ampthill, Bedford, spent his placement year at Spearhead International, working in the Czech Republic, Romania and Cambridge. He said: “I am delighted and thank NatWest for this award. I think it looks good and will also look good for the future.”

Runners up were Robyn Elliott, James Yates and Josh Hurcomb. The students were interviewed by Ian Burrow; Principal of Harper Adams, Dr David Llewellyn; and local dairy farmer, John Downes.

Mr Burrow said: “I have been impressed with the high calibre of entrants and all three are very worthy winners. Alex has successfully completed a varied and challenging year not only working in the UK but also adapting to the Eastern European methods.

“He is a well-deserved winner and his success is further highlighted by the fact that he has been offered a position after graduation at Spearhead International as an Operations Manager.”

Also awarded at the event, was the Andrew Lewis Trophy, a prize given in memory of former agriculture student, Andrew Lewis.

Andrew’s mother Sheila has visited the University College for the past 28 years to present the prize, this year to Harry Barnes, 22, from Brinklow, Rugby.

Harry, who is studying BSc (Hons) Agriculture at the University College in Shropshire, said: “It’s quite an honour to be recognised as a good placement student.

“I’d like to think that I’ll take what I’ve learnt from placement and use it when I return to the family farm in Warwickshire.”

Runners up for the award were Richard Clarke and Emma Cairns.

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