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RHASS announce 2020 Nuffield Farming Scholar

Posted: 15th October 2019

October 15th – Edinburgh – The Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS) has announced that Emma Patterson-Taylor from Edinburgh has been awarded funding for the 2020 Nuffield Farming Scholarship.

Emma, a project manager from the Scottish Agricultural Organisation Society (SAOS), will undertake a study into the position of farming in the public consciousness.

The Scholarships will be formally awarded at the Nuffield Farming Conference, held 27-29 November at Chesford Grange in Kenilworth, Warwickshire, after which the scholars will commence their 18 months of travel and study.

Bill Gray, RHASS Chairman, said: “RHASS is proud to support those with an ambition to expand their knowledge in support of the food and farming industry. Emma was not born into a farming family, yet has chosen to work in the sector so has a unique perspective on our industry. We very much look forward to the findings of her study into the position of farming in the public consciousness as this is something we need to understand to help us build a deeper understanding between producer and consumer.”

Commenting on her award, Emma added: “I’m delighted to be supported by RHASS and hugely appreciate the opportunity and research they are enabling me to undertake. Over the last few years RHASS and I have both been part of the group that set up and established Women in Agriculture Scotland so it’s wonderful to keep working together.”

Emma is one of nineteen Scholars from across UK who will travel across the globe to study their chosen topics.

“UK agriculture is navigating through a period of uncertainty and change – environmentally, socially and politically,” says Mike Vacher, Nuffield Director. “Our 2020 Scholars were selected from a talented and passionate group of applicants for their ability to lead positive change in their sectors as well as their potential to inspire others to do the same over the course of their travels and beyond.

“We have an exciting range of study topics this year and, on behalf of the Trust, I’d like to wish the 2020 Scholars the very best as they prepare to start to their journeys. I know that they have the ability to not only guide British agriculture through these uncertain times, but to help make it stronger than ever before,” adds Mike.




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