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    Prizes for top REALM students

    Posted 6 October 2014

    Molly Dickson receives the REALM cup from lecturers Mark Simcock (L) and Simon Keeble (R)

    Four top Rural Enterprise and Land Management (REALM) students have been awarded special prizes in recognition of their academic success at Harper Adams University.

    The ‘REALM cup’ was awarded to 20-year-old Molly Dickson from Flamstead in St Albans, for achieving the highest overall grade in her first year of studies.

    Molly, a former St George’s School in Harpenden student, started the second year of her degree last week. She said: “I am shocked but thrilled to have been awarded the REALM cup.

    “I have thoroughly enjoyed my first year at Harper Adams. I have found that the balance of assignments and exams on the course has suited me and I'm very much looking forward to my year ahead and arranging my placement year.”

    19-year-old Kirsten Wright and 20-year-old Guy Wilson were the joint winners of the ‘REALM brick’ - an award for the top construction and surveying student. The award is now in its 21st year.

    Kirsten, a former Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar school student from Keal Cotes in Lincolnshire, said: “I was very surprised but extremely delighted to receive this award.

    “I felt the module broadened my understanding of the construction and surveying industry. I have enjoyed all aspects of the REALM course, and look forward to putting them into practice once I qualify.”

    Guy from Donyatt in Somerset, said: “It was a fantastic honour and a real surprise to receive the REALM Brick award with Kirsten.

    “It was great to have received an award in such an enjoyable and interesting subject, and I hope that this year’s freshers enjoy the module and have as much luck as I did.”

    Finally, fourth year student, Jack Reid from Oakamoor in Staffordshire, was presented with the Buccleuch Cup – an award for the highest achieving second year student.

    Jack, 21, who recently returned from his placement year with the Buccleuch Estates and is a former Thomas Alleyne’s High School Uttoxeter student, said: “It is a very pleasant surprise to win the award.

    “I hope the award gives me the momentum for a successful final year following a valuable placement with the Buccleuch Estates.”

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