A THIRD-YEAR Newcastle University student has been selected as one of four undergraduates to receive a £3,000 bursary from National Institute of Agricultural Botany TAG (NIAB TAG) for outstanding achievement in their studies.
Greg Colebrook, who is studying BSc Agriculture with Honours in Farm Business Management at Newcastle, was selected for the ASSET programme.
Second-year students enrolled on specific crop-based modules at Newcastle, Nottingham, Reading and Harper Adams Universities are eligible to apply for the bursaries. One student is chosen from each university, based on the quality of their specific second year project work, a recommendation from their tutors and an interview with NIAB TAG staff.
Mr Colebrook, now in his third year at Newcastle, grew up on a farm in north Lincolnshire and has experience on dairy, beef and arable farms across the UK, most recently working for McGregor Farms in the Scottish Borders during last summer. He has also spent a year travelling and working in New Zealand.
NIAB TAG’s Juno McKee said: “ASSET’s aim is to support and encourage the best undergraduates into careers that will support applied research and knowledge transfer for the future benefit of the arable sector.
“The programme encourages students to take ‘crop’ modules and directs them towards crop orientated dissertations. We support students in their studies by providing valuable agronomic information and leads, tailored to the curriculum of each university, as well as important networking links with the applied research and agronomy industry through NIAB TAG.” The programme has been running since 2008 and NIAB TAG, in association with the NIAB Trust and The Morley Agricultural Foundation, has to date awarded £60,000 in student bursaries.