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NTU graduate named Agricultural Student of the Year

A recent graduate from Nottingham Trent University has been named Agricultural Student of the Year.

Ben Theaker wins award
Benjamin Theaker received the award at a ceremony in Birmingham (Image: Farmers Guardian)

Benjamin Theaker, 22, is from a non-farming background and was presented with the national accolade by the British Farming Awards.

The awards showcase the innovation and achievements of farmers from across the agricultural industry.

Benjamin was praised by the judges for his knowledge of the challenges currently facing UK agriculture and for taking the opportunity to attend university.

Benjamin, who was based at the university’s Brackenhurst Campus, graduated this summer from a two-year BTEC Agriculture course with a Triple Distinction Star (D*,D*,D*) and a number of other practical qualifications.

He was sponsored to go to university by his employer Worksop Manor Farm.

After gaining his A-levels Benjamin spent a summer’s harvest on the farm, which turned into a year’s work placement.

While at university he established a Brackenhurst Young Farmers’ Club, after spotting an opportunity to bring students together for fundraising, activities and competitions.

He also showed the Brackenhurst Lincoln Red herd at Newark and Lincolnshire  county shows, where they achieved champion breed.

Benjamin, who is an active member and vice-chairman of a Nottingham Young Farmers’ Club, hopes to become an estates manager in the future.

Charlotte Jeffrey, a lecturer in agriculture in the university’s School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences, said: “Ben was so keen to learn all about agriculture, he was always ready with an array of questions, a real pleasure to teach. It is such an outstanding achievement for someone who isn’t from a farming background to excel on his course and be recognised by the industry for this achievement.

"I was so pleased that a student who has studied a Level 3 Extended Diploma course beat off stiff competition from the others short-listed who were studying degree courses.”

The British Farming awards were organised by Briefing Media Agriculture, parent company to Farmers Guardian, Arable Farming and Dairy Farmer.

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    Nottingham Trent University was named Modern University of the Year in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018. The award recognises NTU for its strong student satisfaction, quality of teaching, overall student experience and engagement with employers.

    Nottingham Trent University (NTU) has been awarded the highest, gold, rating in the Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework for its outstanding teaching and learning.

    NTU is one of the largest UK universities with nearly 28,000 students and more than 3,500 staff across four campuses, contributing £496m to the UK economy every year. It is one of the most environmentally-friendly universities, containing some of the country’s most inspiring and efficient award-winning buildings.

    The University is passionate about creating opportunities and its extensive outreach programme is designed to enable Nottingham Trent to be a vehicle for social mobility. NTU is the sixth biggest recruiter of students from disadvantaged backgrounds in the country and 95.6% of its graduates go on to employment or further education within six months of leaving and almost 80% go on to graduate jobs.

    NTU is home to world-class research, winning The Queen’s Anniversary Prize in 2015 - the highest national honour for a UK university. It recognised the University’s pioneering projects to improve weapons and explosives detection in luggage, enable safer production of powdered infant formula and combat food fraud.

    With an international student population of approximately 2,600 from around 100 countries, the University prides itself on its global outlook.

NTU graduate named Agricultural Student of the Year

Published on 24 October 2017
  • Subject area: Animal, equine and wildlife
  • Category: School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences

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