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    Posted 10 September 2002

    TWO SCOTTISH men have been named the joint recipients of a prestigious award, after judges were unable to select a clear winner for the prize for the first time in its 19-year history.

    Alex Laing, 21, from Hawick, in Roxburghshire, and Giles Lane, 22, from Lockerbie, in Dumfrieshire, both students at Harper Adams University College, Shropshire, were named joint winners of the 2001/2002 Andrew Lewis Trophy recently.

    The Andrew Lewis trophy is awarded each year to the student who has achieved an outstanding performance on their industrial placement. The trophy was originally given to the college by Mrs Sheila Lewis in memory of her son, Andrew, who was killed while studying at Harper Adams. The trophy was first presented in 1983.

    Mr Laing is studying a BSc (Hons) Agriculture and Animal Science degree at Harper Adams and completed his placement in two parts. He worked on the Mount Pleasant Dairy Farm, a milk producer and retailer near Faringdon, Oxfordshire, and with Juliet Maclean's farm in Ohaupo, New Zealand, which has two 400-cow herds.

    The judges were most impressed with the fact that Alex was highly thought of by both of his employers and clearly demonstrated that he had gained much from his placement. He also completed two pieces of written work to the highest standards, which contributed to his overall mark.

    However, the judges could not separate the quality of his performance from that of Mr Lane, who is currently studying for a BSc Agriculture degree at Harper Adams. Giles completed his placement at Alcan Farms, in Ellington, Morpeth - a large, mixed enterprise farm of beef, sheep and arable crops.

    Giles impressed the judges and his employer, with the way in which he managed to maintain an exceptionally high level of performance whilst in an area directly affected by the foot and mouth crisis. Alcan Farms spreads over several sites and much responsibility was placed upon Giles in the course of carrying out his duties.

    Both Giles Lane and Alex Laing completed their placements between February 2001 and February 2002. In recognition of their efforts, the pair received the Andrew Lewis trophy from Mrs Sheila Lewis in a ceremony last month.


    Picture Caption: (L-R) Alex Laing and Giles Lane receive the 2001/2002 Andrew Lewis Trophy from Mrs Sheila Lewis outside Harper Adams University College.

    Notes to Editors: Harper Adams University College is the UK's largest, specialist provider of Higher Education for the land and food-based industries with a student body of more than 1,750.

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