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    Posted 10 June 2002

    DEVON YOUNG FARMER Richard Tucker, a man with a passion for agriculture, has won an Entrance Scholarship to Harper Adams University College, in Shropshire.

    Mr Tucker, of Tiverton, in Devon, lives on the family farm - a medium sized, mixed enterprise including a dairy herd, arable crops, sheep and geese. Richard plays an active role in all aspects of the farm's running and has undertaken additional work experience on other farms to expand his knowledge.

    Mr Tucker is an active member of Withleigh YFC, serving as treasurer in 2002 and has represented the club in a range of sports including football, hockey and rugby. Richard plays rugby for Tiverton Rugby Club and has represented Devon in the Southwest Area Rugby Sevens Tournament.

    A keen walker with numerous expeditions and a Duke of Edinburgh Bronze award under his belt, Richard will join Harper Adams in September, keen to update and broaden his agricultural knowledge in order to prepare himself for a career in the rapidly changing agricultural industry.

    Richard Jopling, Head of Liaison at the University College, said: “The selection panel was very impressed with Richard's application, particularly taking into account his enthusiasm and determination to work in agriculture.

    "The panel were impressed with the quality of his submission and with his planned contribution to University life. Richard is just the sort of able and dedicated student to do well at Harper Adams."

    Harper Adams University College is the UK’s largest, specialist centre of Higher Education for the land and food based industries. It currently has around 1800 students on undergraduate and postgraduate courses and has an international reputation for the quality of its courses, research and graduates.

    A number of Entrance Scholarships are awarded each year on the basis of a written application. If you would like further information about courses at Harper Adams, please ring 01 952 815 000 and ask for a prospectus.


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