Nuffield Scholars - 2019


NUFFIELD FARMING SCHOLARSHIPS TRUST has provided over 800 people from agriculture, its associated industries and the rural community, the chance to travel and expand their knowledge and understanding. Scholarships provide individuals with unique, life changing opportunities and experiences, which add considerable value to their careers, businesses and the industry at large.

Here is what the Scholars say ...

Neil McGowan, 2015 Scholar. Study: Selection for efficiency: breeding better beef and sheep

''I went into Nuffield with a pretty specific question that I thought my all important corner of the industry needed an answer for – that’s all I wanted.  I’ve come away understanding that I had the wrong question; that my tiny-little corner needs to grasp a far bigger picture.

I have a much greater motivation to make a difference (maybe that’s confidence or just a sense of urgency that has rubbed off on me); I have a higher appreciation for family, home and the ‘culture’ of agriculture; and I have a much better skillset as a business person. But the big thing is the people I’ve met.''

Jamie McCoy, 2013 Scholar. Study: The next step for the small family farm

"Being a Nuffield Scholar is an invigorating and rewarding experience. I explored so much more than just my study topic, met inspirational people, experienced traditional and transitional areas of agriculture all over the world and was offered great hospitality, stimulating discussion and exchange of ideas. Since completing my scholarship I have continued to reap the rewards of Nuffield by applying my new knowledge, and continuing the relationships that I have built, and I continue to benefit by hosting scholars from all over the world."

Michael Blanche, 2010 Scholar. Study: The farming ladder

"My Nuffield Scholarship had a huge impact on me. It showed me qualities in myself I only previously suspected were there. It gave me perspective, ideas, confidence and a little bit of wisdom. I am convinced it will prove to be one of the most important things I will have done in my life."

Tony Davies, 2010 Scholar. Study: Marketing mutton

"Travelling through USA, China, Cambodia and India was an educational journey that has given me a new worldwide perspective on agriculture. Having being continuously put out of my comfort zone, I now make business decisions with more confidence. The Nuffield experience has positively exceeded all my expectations and I look forward to a lifetime’s involvement."

Kevin Beaty, 2010 Scholar. Study: Consumer attitudes to how milk is produced

"I have been a dairy farmer all my working life, for the past 5 years I have been a farmer board member for DairyCo the levy organisation for milk in GB. After a number of setbacks in our business and against a background of poor performance in the wider dairy industry I began to question what the future held for us. UK dairy farms need to grow to remain competitive and DairyCo research showed that consumers cared about what farmers do. My study in the major milk producing countries and the emerging markets of the future has helped me to inform the UK industry and consequently my own business from a global perspective.

My views have changed and I am much more optimistic about UK Dairy; We are ahead of the game internationally, as we know what our consumer wants us to produce, this will give us a competitive edge as we grow our exports.