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Degree Success – What Are They Doing Now?

Duchy College Degree Awards
Thursday, 15 December, 2016 - 08:45

The success of our 2016 graduates was celebrated at the Degree Awards ceremony at Truro Cathedral on 19th November.

This was an excellent chance to find out what they are doing now…

BSc (Hons) Rural Business Management
Faith Ogilvie: “Since completing my exams and coursework in the early summer, I started working as a seasonal sales assistant within the Marketing team at Riverford Organic Farmers. Six months on, I now have the role as an Events coordinator for the company. Studying a Rural Business Management degree at Duchy College has abled me to grow confidence in both my own ability and potential. It has opened many doors to which my peers are impressed by the diverse knowledge and background that my degree has given me. Duchy College is fundamentally built on its students and in my view more importantly, the lectures and teachers within the College. It has been a pleasure to have the opportunity to study here and I thank the people who supported me through my degree and even today.”

Lynne Maud: “I have enrolled on a Food and Nutrition Masters and am studying parttime through distance learning. This is allowing me time to build my Health & Wellbeing consultancy business. I really enjoyed my three years at Duchy and the skills I gained on the RBM BSc. have been invaluable to me. Very many thanks for all your help and inspiration.”

Ross Symons: “I finished my time at Duchy at the beginning of June with the last exam. Since then I haven’t really had time to catch my breath! I have become a partner in our business, joined a discussion group, hired an apprentice, calved 100+ cows in nine weeks, laid a new silage pit, completed maize harvest, changed our heat detection system, had two TB tests, hired another apprentice and started breeding our Autumn-calved cows as we look to change our genetics in the herd. The business has certainly changed a lot in the past 12 months - spending 2 days off-farm attending college gave me chance to assess what we were doing and how it could be improved to stand us better in the future. The other thing completing the course has given me is something the farming sector has been in short supply of the last 18 months - confidence. I have grown up through milk quotas, BSE, FMD, TB as well as low prices and controversy surrounding subsidies. Throughout all this though, I have never seen the industry as low as it has been recently. With a fresh dawn approaching on the horizon with Brexit looming, fresh ideas are needed. Attending Duchy has given me the confidence needed to turn my ideas for the business into reality.”

Ryan Renfree: “Since completing my Honours degree in Rural Business Management I have been helping to run the family dairy farm. Studying for the degree has extended my knowledge in the sector and will help to move the business forward in the future.”

Emma Pethick: “I will be volunteering in the new year aiming for environmental education with a slant on pollution and recycling.”


BSc (Hons) Agriculture & Food
Dave Northcott: “I am continuing with the job I started when I started my degree as a ruminant nutritionist for Three Counties Feeds. The degree I did set me up for this job and progressed well with my career choice through the three years. The degree has given me the foundation knowledge and skills which were appropriate for the REAL world.”


FdSc Agriculture
Oli Lee: “I believe in challenging the norms and I want to create a progressive farming system that is both viable and sustainable. I am working with an experienced team to help with the marketing and branding design of my new start-up company. I will be selling milk direct to the consumer. Watch this space!”

Rachel Abrahall: “The farm tenancy application with the Duchy of Cornwall was an excellent exercise and I am now ‘topping-up’ my studies with the BSc in Rural Business Management, which I can do while continuing to work”.

Laura Sharland: “Since graduating, I have obtained a job as a farm assessor for SAI Global. My Fd Sc in Agriculture helped me to get this job.”

Camilla Waterer: “I have since been working on the family’s diversified farming business and have my interviews coming up to join the RAF as a pilot.”


FdSc Estate and Farm Enterprise Management
Phoebe Atkinson: “I am now enjoying studying the Rural Business Management at Duchy College to achieve my BSc degree”.

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