Prestigious Nuffield Farming Scholarship for RAU lecturer
Jonathan Brunyee, Senior Lecturer in the School of Business and Entrepreneurship at the Royal Agricultural University (RAU) has been awarded a prestigious Nuffield Farming Scholarship, for travel and study in 2015.
Jonathans’ award, sponsored by the National Trust and presented by the Duke of Gloucester at the annual Nuffield Farming Conference, will allow him to study a subject close to his heart. This is the first time the National Trust has funded an award.
He intends to travel to meet farmers, policy makers, and rural entrepreneurs around the world; including USA, Canada, China and Eastern Europe, who value their natural assets and have built thriving sustainable businesses. This will include integrated food, agri-tourism and environmentally focused agri-business.
Jonathan Brunyee, a National Trust farm tenant in the Cotswolds, said: “The Nuffield journey will benefit me as a person, my farm business and my lecturing at the Royal Agricultural University. I expect to gain new ideas and face many unexpected challenges along the way.”
The Nuffield mission is to ‘lead positive change in agriculture, and inspire passion and potential in people’. They award individuals with opportunities that span their personal and professional lives, with a view to developing agricultural sector leaders and innovators of the future. Nuffield sponsor 20 scholars each year who spend eight weeks travelling before reporting back to the industry.
Jonathan’s travels start in February; he will be a guest at the NFU conference in Birmingham followed by a trip to the House of Lords and the EU Parliament. This leads onto a seven day intensive gathering in France of scholars and stakeholders from around the world.