Duchy and college create new bursary bonus

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People wishing to study agriculture courses at Myerscough College will soon be able to apply for financial help in the form of a bursary, thanks to a partnership with the Duchy of Lancaster.

The Duchy has announced a new student bursary scheme with Myerscough as part of its wider commitment to securing the future of Britain’s farming industry.

Students taking a three year degree course in agriculture will now be able to apply for financial support from a bursary fund paid direct to the college. The Duchy looks after more than 18,000 hectares of land across England and Wales, including much in the north west.

The aim is to give students who may not have otherwise been able to do so the opportunity to study towards a career in the agricultural sector, helping support the next generation of farmers.

Nathan Thompson, chief executive of the Duchy of Lancaster, said: “The bursaries have been set up as part of our commitment to and involvement with the farming industry. A central aim of the Duchy of Lancaster is to protect the future of our agricultural land holdings and one of the key ways we can do this is by supporting the next generation of farming talent.

“Each bursary will provide £2,500 per annum per student, with the total annual Duchy of Lancaster commitment amounting to £10,000 per annum by academic year 2015 / 2016.”

Ann Turner, principal and chief executive of Myerscough College, said: ‘’We’re delighted that the Duchy of Lancaster recognise that Myerscough is a key provider of agricultural courses and this partnership is fantastic news.”