Top Agricultural Science students awarded travel bursaries to support overseas professional development

 ASA and Irish Farmers Journal announce details of six student awards 

Tuesday 8th January: The Agricultural Science Association (ASA) and the Irish Farmers Journal have announced the details of the recipients of the much sought-after PWE (Professional Work Experience) travel bursaries designed to encourage students to broaden their knowledge and travel internationally to gain experience in the global agri-food sector. Six third level Agricultural Science students, four from University College Dublin (UCD) and two from Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) will benefit from the awards which will support them while on work placements in the USA, New Zealand and Chile this year.

2019 sees the fourth year of this joint initiative, in which the ASA and Irish Farmers Journal reward third-level students who demonstrate an interest in fulfilling the work placement segment of their degree overseas. The WIT bursaries are also supported by Glanbia and Seedtech respectively.

Amii McKeever, ASA President said, “The Agricultural Science Association strives to nurture and promote the professional development of our Agricultural Science students by providing them with crucial skills to strengthen the future of our agri-food industry and consolidate Ireland’s position as a leading global player. The standard of applications this year was very impressive, and we are excited to hear updates on how the six selected students develop in a personal and professional capacity over the coming months.”

Anthony Jordan, Careers Editor, Irish Farmers Journal said, ““It is a pleasure to partner once again with the ASA to award travel bursaries to select agricultural science students. This is a fantastic opportunity for third-level students who will gain real-life experience overseas in the agriculture industry, and can build on their existing knowledge of the Irish landscape which will provide them with a truly unique perspective and advantageous career development. We look forward to sharing their stories in the coming months.” 

From UCD, the recipients of the 2019 Travel Bursary in association with the ASA and Irish Farmers Journal are:

  • Ana Mooney from Nenagh in Tipperary will travel to Missouri in the USA where she will work on a dairy farm with accomplished farmer Niall Murphy.

  • Leyla Byrne from Blessington in Wicklow will travel to three farms in South Island, New Zealand where she will undertake placements in dairy, beef, lamb and an abattoir.

  • Daire Brady from Waterfall in Cork will travel to Los Lagos in Chile where he will work on a dairy farm in conjunction with Insight Investments.

  • Owen Cashman from Glanmire in Cork will travel to Missouri in USA where he will undertake a placement with Emerald Dairies. 

From WIT, the recipients of the 2019 Travel Bursary in association with the ASA, Irish Farmers Journal, Glanbia and Seedtech are:

  • Nicole Keohane from Kinsale, Co. Cork is a third-year student. She will travel to New Zealand in January where she will work on a dairy farm for four months.

  • Andrew Mansfield from Rathdowney, Co. Laois, is a second-year student at WIT. He will also travel to New Zealand where he will work a large-scale dairy farm 

Martin Power, Senior Business Manager Glanbia said: “At Glanbia Ireland, we are delighted to continue our support of the WIT Ag student travel bursary for 2019. All students should be commended for preparing excellent applications for this competitive process, which were really very professional. Very well done  to the  students and the very best of luck in their continued studies and travel. We would also like to congratulate WIT on the continued success and development of their Agriculture  and Ag. Science programmes.”

Denise Stuart, Seedtech said: “At Seedtech, we partner with organisations globally to bring technological advancements into the Irish Arable seed sector. Therefore, we highly value a student’s ability to get exposure to international markets. Seedtech is delighted to continue our support of this wonderful initiative, and to help facilitate the WIT Agricultural students in achieving valuable insights to support their career and personal development.”

Gemma Smyth