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Scholarship takes Max from the shop floor to behind the scenes

Posted 7 July 2017

"I believe collaborating is vital to have a mutually beneficial relationship and to ensure the food and farming sector is sustainable long term.”

BSc (Hons) Agri-food Marketing with Business Studies student Max Randall has been awarded the Rabobank and Marks & Spencer scholarship.

Second year student Max will have a placement job with M&S next year, which he is looking forward to. He already has some experience of working for the company as a customer assistant since 2014.

The 20 year old from Harrogate, North Yorkshire, said: “This scholarship means a lot to me as it has rewarded me for the considerable extra effort and hard work I’ve put into learning.

“The scholarship will make a tremendous difference as it allows me to focus on my studies and placement without the financial concerns.

“It also has allowed me to explore the possibility of studying a Masters degree to further my knowledge and understanding of the industry.

“I’ve worked for M&S for three years and I’m excited by the opportunity to work in a different capacity that allows me to put my theoretical knowledge into practice. I thoroughly look forward to the placement and the opportunities that it will bring.

“One of my main future ambitions is to make a significant impact on the lives of people that produce food in an ethical manner. In addition, I would like to increase consumer awareness of the hard work that goes into producing their food as I believe that a higher appreciation of food improves the livelihoods and wellbeing of people.

“The main reason I chose to study the BSc (Hons) Agri-food Marketing with Business Studies course, is that it’s unique. The course looks at all of the elements of the food supply chain from field to fork, combining my passion for food with my interest in agriculture.

“My long term career aspiration is to be in a position that allows me to work towards greater collaboration between producers and retailers. I believe collaborating is vital to have a mutually beneficial relationship and to ensure the food and farming sector is sustainable long term.”

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