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UK’s first regenerative agriculture graduates look to the future

On Friday 8th September, the UK’s first BSc (Hons) Regenerative Agriculture students celebrated their success at a well-attended graduation ceremony at Writtle University College (WUC).

Chancellor and celebrity farmer Jimmy Doherty (front row middle) with BSc (Hons) Regenerative Agriculture graduates and staff.

Launched in 2020, the pioneering course responds to the importance and urgency of the challenges facing global agriculture.

Dr Anya Perera, head of WUC’s School for Sustainable Environments & Design, commented: “Our students are the thought-leaders of the future. They take a progressive approach to farming production systems that encompasses sustainable practice and responds to political, economic and scientific change.”

The graduates were joined by distinguished guests, family, friends and honorary degree recipients, including former asylum seeker and organic growing advocate Kuda Chimbudzi.

Farmer and television presenter Jimmy Doherty also attended the ceremony in his role as WUC’s chancellor. He congratulated the class of 2023 on their achievements, saying:

“The world needs people like you – graduates who are ready to shape our future. Whichever path you choose to take, I have no doubt you will continue to make the world a better place, both personally and professionally.”

Regenerative agriculture students completed their course with an understanding of farm-level practices, the key principles of sustainability, the need for resilient food chains and the importance of mitigating the impact of climate change.

A number of graduates received trophies honouring outstanding individual achievements. Henry Etherington was presented with the Essex Agricultural Society’s Award for the ‘Best Agricultural Student’ and the Worshipful Company of Farmers’ Award for the ‘Best Dissertation in the Agricultural Department’.

He said: “I would like to extend my congratulations to all my fellow graduates and express my gratitude to the agricultural and wider land-based studies team at Writtle University College.

“This team has successfully designed a course that addresses the pressing issues in national and global agriculture, both present and future. My experiences at Writtle have profoundly influenced my perspective on the agricultural industry and will undoubtedly continue to shape the decisions I make, as well as those of my fellow graduates, throughout our careers.”

For more information, visit writtle.ac.uk/agriculture.

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