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22 January, 2024

Zoe wins Cornish Mutual Young Farmer Higher Education Bursary

University Centre Somerset BSc (Hons) Agricultural Management student Zoe has been awarded a £750 Cornish Mutual Young Farmer Higher Education Bursary. Zoe impressed the Cornish Mutual judging panel with her essay response to the question ‘What excites me about the future of agriculture’.

When asked how she would use her bursary, Zoe said: “I would like to put it towards some short courses which could make me more employable, such as an ATV certificate and renewing my emergency first aid at work certificate.”

Meanwhile, Bridgwater & Taunton College Level 3 Agriculture student Olivia Parker secured a £500 Cornish Mutual Young Farmer Further Education Bursary.

Now in their third year, the Cornish Mutual bursaries were expanded in 2023 to include both further and higher education students, as well as introducing an overall Cornish Mutual South West Agricultural Student of the Year award. In a written or video essay, applicants for the Further Education bursaries were asked to explain ‘Why I am studying agriculture’ with Higher Education applications detailing ‘What excited me about the future of agriculture’.

Entries were judged by a panel including Cornish Mutual Managing Director Peter Beaumont. “We were delighted to receive a number of high-quality applications for our bursaries,” said Peter Beaumont, Cornish Mutual Managing Director. “Both Zoe and Olivia displayed their passion for the industry and showed determination to play a positive role in the future of agriculture.”

The Cornish Mutual Young Farmer Bursaries are part of the Future Farming Programme, which supports the future of agriculture in the region. To find out more, visit:

You can find out more about studying Agriculture courses at UCS here and at BTC here, and by coming along to our next Cannington campus Open Day.