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Gloucestershire university teams up with business in £30,000 bursary scheme

Up to £30,000 funding will be offered to six prospecitve Royal Agricultural University students in a sustainable agriculture bursary.

Cereal maker Jordans and The Prince's Countryside Fund have teamed up to offer six student up to £5,000 each to support their degree studies.

Prospective undergraduates under the age of 35 who are applying to the RAU or University of Reading can apply for the bursary, with applications closing at the end of August.

Successful applicants will receive £3,000 in the first year and a further £1,000 in their two subsequent years of study to pursue interest and knowledge of sustainable farming.

The two universities and two sponsor organisations are both dedicated to caring for the environment and nature and the bursary is a part of a long-term commitment into sustainable agriculture.

Prospective undergraduate students who have confirmed the Royal Agricultural University or The University of Reading as their first-choice place of study on UCAS for September 2019 are eligible to apply.

They can do so by filling in an online application form explaining why they're interested in sustainable farming.

The recipients of the bursary will also have exclusive access to mentoring from experts at Jordans and The Prince's Countryside Fund, as well as benefitting from event invitations and access to both organisations' networks.

Alex Murphy, Jordans Marketing Manager, said: "At Jordans Cereals, we're committed to protecting nature and the wider environment around us.

"We're proud of our new bursary scheme designed to actively support the next generation of farmers, helping farming become even more sustainable in the future."

Claire Saunders, Director of The Prince's Countryside Fund said: "The Fund is delighted to be working with Jordans to provide this bursary, and we are grateful to the RAU and Reading for their support.

"We hope that this opportunity will help inspire students to consider how they can farm in the most sustainable and productive way."

Professor Joanna Price, Vice-Chancellor of the RAU, said: "The need to produce more food in a sustainable way while protecting the environment, boosting the rural economy and enhancing its communities, creates a wealth of career opportunities within the land-based sector.

"The RAU is delighted to have been chosen to offer this bursary and we look forward to welcoming its first recipients later this year."

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