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    Posted 11 June 2002

    A NOTTINGHAMSHIRE SPORTSMAN has won a prestigious Entrance Award to continue his education at Harper Adams University College, Shropshire.

    Richard Hawkins, of Bathley, near Newark, will receive the £500 award in September when he starts a degree course at the institution. Mr Hawkins is a keen player of rugby, having won the county cup with his school's sixth form side, football, having signed for the Old King Arms team in the Newark Alliance League, cricket and athletics. He is looking forward to improving on his personal sporting successes whilst at university.

    Mr Hawkins lives and works on his family small-holding, where he is involved with the countryside management of the trees and hedgerows as well as the care and welfare of the dogs, horses and sheep on the farm. This responsibility, together with work placements at British Sugar, Deans Foods and as an agricultural contractor convinced Richard that a land-based career was ideal for him and he now says he is looking forward to studying environmental issues as part of his course.

    Richard Jopling, Head of Liaison at the University College, said: “The selection panel was very impressed with Richard's application and particularly with his determination to represent Harper Adams on the sports field and perform well. He is just the sort of enthusiastic and dedicated person who will 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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