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Harper Adams graduates selected as Helmut Claas Scholarship award winners

Posted 25 November

A composite picture of a young woman – Emily Jones – and a young man – Philip Pinn.

Two Harper Adams University graduates have been selected among this year’s Helmut Claas Scholarship awards winners.

BSc (Hons) Agri-business graduate Emily Jones and BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering graduate Philip Pinn were each awarded a bonus prize at the awards, run by the Helmut Claas Foundation, for their final year Honours Research Projects.

Emily, from Herefordshire – who has secured a role with CXCS as a Trainee Health and Safety Adviser – received her award for her project, A study on how to drive change and improve farm safety.

Harper Adams Senior Lecturer Terry Pickthall, who supervised Emily’s work, said: “Emily’s project was entirely her own idea. She obtained a staggering 1,000 responses from farmers around the UK, demonstrating her passion for the subject of farm safety and her considerable ability to network, communicate and influence.

“Emily’s conclusions provided some very insightful data on the UK farm community’s thoughts and attitudes towards on-farm accidents and improving safety, an area on which there is little published independent research. It was an excellent piece of work that I was proud to supervise and wholeheartedly endorsed it for a Claas scholarship.”

Meanwhile, Philip’s project - Optimising spread pattern of a vertical- beater manure spreader by investigating beater tooth arrangement - saw him undertake an on-site investigation of beater tooth placement to establish the best way to spread manure.

Philip, who is originally from Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, and is now living near Framlingham, Suffolk, had previously worked with spreader company Richard Western and based his study on one of their machines.

Senior lecturer Kit Franklin, who supervised Philip’s project, said: “Philip diligently and independently completed the work to a very high standard, looking at best practice from published test methods for similar application machines to synergise a suitable test method for his research.

“Despite the difficulties of pandemic restrictions, he showed professionalism by stepping up to overcome the challenges of both logistics and safety compliance and by conducting planned field testing - rather than taking the simpler option of rescoping his work to a paper study.

“Statistical analysis of the field experiment results indicated the optimum setup of the machine which Philip has been able to feed back to Richard Western.

“Through his dissertation, Philip demonstrated both the skills and professionalism that will make him successful in his engineering career.”

The CLAAS Foundation was founded in 1999 and has since awarded the Helmut Claas scholarships, bonus prizes and international prizes on an annual basis.

Both students were virtually presented with their awards during an online ceremony. Emily’s HRP received a €1500 Bonus Prize in the Health and Safety in Agriculture category, while Philip secured his €1500 Bonus Prize in the Product Validation category.

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