Following Jamie Satterthwaite and Steve Massam, we are pleased to announce that our third candidate, in 2106, will be Connor Deacon of Nottingham Trent University.
Deacon said: "Thank you for this bursary, it will help to support my coming year of study. I am currently studying horticulture at Nottingham Trent University.
"I am still partly unclear on what area of work I would like to move into but throughout my course I have been undertaking internships wherever I can find them, such as Hawaii and New York, I got very lucky. I am very interested in the possible advancement new technology brings to the industry, especially automation and new sciences to reduce labour costs and optimise plant growth. With regards to work experience, please don't hesitate to pass my details on to colleagues. A part time placement close to home, Nottingham, would be of great interest to me to undertake alongside my studies. As I have said I am open to basically anything related to horticulture that will improve my knowledge and experience."
His tutor, Mark Oxenbury, added: "I am currently his course leader for the FdSc Horticulture course at Nottingham Trent University; Connor is in his final year and is predicted to achieve a good degree in the Horticulture course. He has also demonstrated a very good range of practical skills in a range of modules during his first year and gained an excellent grade in his experimental design and data analysis module.. In addition, Connor has volunteered to drive a university project initiative forward surrounding vertical farming; and is currently leading the Enactus project at the Nottingham Refugee Forum. Connor has shown immense initiative in securing work experience at the national tropical botanical garden (NTBG) on Kauai in Hawaii, and a placement in a private garden last summer in New York."