UPL, the world’s 5th biggest producer of agrochemicals is offering two scholarships with one year placement based at Brooklands Farm, Evesham, a Crop Establishment Centre of Excellence. The placement role offers a salary of £17K, with a scholarship valued at £4.5K paid to the successful students in their second year of study.
Harper Adams alumnus Mallory Partridge, the Agricultural Research & Development Station Lead said:
“The Evesham site has had a long standing and very successful relationship with Harper Adams University. We are looking to expand our capacity for supporting the business in the UK & beyond. The calibre of students makes Harper Adams the ideal choice for offering scholarships. Given that we are expanding, there will be opportunities for full-time employment of graduates going forwards. Students looking to expand their agronomy knowledge will gain hands-on experience of dealing with pests, weeds and diseases. They will be assessing new chemistry and new techniques.”
Gracie Morris, pictured above left and below, is now in the final year of her BSc Honours Agriculture with Crop Management Degree at Harper Adams. She spent her placement year at UPL and said: “My placement with UPL allowed me to gain experience in seed treatments, drilling and spraying of plot trials, assessment methods and data analysis. I also conducted my own field trial on biostimulants in winter wheat which introduced me to the set-up and maintenance of a trial from start to finish.”
Doris Taylor, Head of Development at Harper Adams University said: “We are very pleased that UPL has joined a growing list of companies supporting our students by offering scholarships coupled with a placement. UPL is offering students a fantastic opportunity to widen their skills across multiple disciplines and, for those interested in agronomy, there is scope to run their own projects. For those interested in machinery, there is an opportunity to use multiple items of equipment on different crops.”