Qualified SuccessesThe first of the BIGGA Higher Education Scholars, sponsored by Ransomes Jacobsen Ltd were presented with their degrees at a graduation ceremony at Cranfield University in July.
Barry Dore and Peter Jones doned gown and mortar board and received the applause of a large audience as they were presented with their Msc degrees from the Chancellor of the College.
An additional BIGGA Scholarship graduate, Eoghan Buckley could not attend as he was undertaking an internship in the USA.
Both were given substantial financial support in achieving their qualification through the scholarship scheme which was set up by BIGGA two years ago.
Barry was the first to mount the stage and spoke later of the pride he felt in his achievement.
“The graduation seals the completion of the MSc course and is very satisfying indeed. Receiving this qualification means a great deal to me. The training I have received has greatly improved my knowledge of sports turf science. It will also allow me to consider employment options in the future that I would never have been in a position to consider before,' said Barry.
“I can’t thank BIGGA and Ransomes Jacobsen enough for the support they have given me during the course.”
Peter Jones, who runs Peter Jones Associates Ltd, was equally delighted.
“It was a proud moment for me to appear on stage at Cranfield University, complete with gown and mortar board to receive my degree. It more than justifies the many, many hours spent studying and writing assignments. I am greatly indebted to BIGGA and Ransomes Jacobsen for the wonderful support they have given me and my fellow scholarship winners and I would encourage others to take advantage of the generous support there is out there for people attempting to better themselves through education,” said Peter.
Accompanying Barry and Peter at the ceremony was a very proud Tutor, Alex Vickers who had guided each of them through their course.
Among those receiving Honorary Degrees at the same time as Barry and Peter was Sir Donald Curry, Chairman of the Food and Farming Strategy. DEFRA, who had been charged with developing a policy to minimise the damage of the Foot and Mouth Epidemic two years ago.
“The scholarship scheme has enabled 48 greenkeeper members of BIGGA to enrol onto Higher Education courses including the Masters Degree at Cranfield University. Greenkeepers now have access to a full range of qualifications enabling them to move their careers to an even higher level and compete for better salaries,” said Ken Richardson, BIGGA’s Education and Training Manager.