The British poultry meat industry joins hands with Harper Adams University to create good jobs for food heroes.


British Poultry Council (BPC) scholars have been awarded certificates as part of Harper Adams University’s first ever Online Scholarship Presentation.

BPC Chairman, Graeme Dear, addressed the session to celebrate the achievements of industry’s next cohort of food heroes.

Graeme Dear said: For those of you who wish to move on from university to join a dynamic, growing and fast-moving food sector, you will find no better option than poultry…perhaps the BPC scholarship will inspire you to make that choice – we would love to have you.

Congratulations to each of our scholars. Your contribution to the British poultry meat industry will be invaluable: as young ambassadors for the sector, you will be developing your skills; bringing new, innovative ideas to the table and, most importantly, feeding the nation their favourite meat.

The BPC Scholarship in collaboration with Harper Adams University began in 2009 to support a thriving sector that is feeding the nation. The scheme has been awarded to 110 students to date and is worth a financial contribution of £4500 to tuition fees. Our scholars also undertake a paid placement year offered by BPC member businesses, which gives them an excellent opportunity to work across the supply chain.

Poultry makes up over half of the meat eaten in the UK every year. People are at the heart of our dynamic industry; they are ones who enable it to flourish year after year. The British poultry meat sector is committed to nurturing talent and developing its next cohort of food heroes. Across the chain, our key workforce works incredibly hard to put safe, wholesome, and affordable food on every table across the nation.



Head to the Harper Adams University website to see the 2021’s Development Trust Scholarship Presentation, linked here.

You can read more about our British Poultry Council scholars here.


The British Poultry Council Scholarships

Avara Foods

Kelly Billington, BEng/BEng Hons Mechanical Engineering (2020/21)

Alex Lowe, BEng/BEng Hons Automotive Engineering (Off-Highway) (2020/21)

Jess Riley, BSc/BSc Hons Agriculture (2020/21)


Rebecca Cox, BEng/BEng Hons Agricultural Engineering (2018/19)

Mark Mathias, FdSc Agriculture (2018/19)

Adam Reader, BSc/BSc Hons Agriculture with Animal Science (2018/19)

Becky Websdale, MEng Mechanical Engineering (2018/19)



Becky Davies, BSc/BSc Hons Bioveterinary Science (2020/21)

Rebecca Kelly, BSc/BSc Hons Bioveterinary Science (2020/21)


Rachel Haynes, BSc/BSc Hons Agriculture with Animal Science (2018/19)

Nancy-May Thorne, BSc/BSc Hons Agriculture with Animal Science (2018/19)


Gressingham Foods

Wesley McGuire, BSc/BSc Hons Wildlife Conservation and Environmental Management (2020/21)


Moy Park

Miranda Smith, BSc/BSc Hons Animal Health and Welfare (2020/21)

Constance Reeves, BSc/BSc Hons Animal Production Science (2018/19)