SAC student, Claire Convery has been awarded HE Learner of the Year
by Lantra, the Skills Council for the environmental and land based
Claire Convery (left) receiving the HE Learner of the Year Award from Lantra
Although being local to the Ayr campus, having lived in Troon, Claire’s
long held interest in equine studies took her to Hartbury College
where she gained an HNC in Stud Management. After this, she moved
to Ireland where she worked on a stud, before moving back to England
and working on the renowned Watership Down Stud.
During her time on studs, Claire became interested in animal welfare
and decided that she wished to pursue a career in this field. Advice
given to her by employers and vets was that she would be at a distinct
advantage if she had an HND or Degree in agriculture. Claire returned
to Scotland, and shortly thereafter, took up a place at SAC’s
Ayr campus in 2005.
Claire received Lantra’s HE Learner of the Year Award after
being nominated by SAC staff at the Ayr campus who had been impressed
with her enthusiasm and dedication. About her experiences with SAC,
Claire said “SAC has an excellent reputation and I knew that
the Agriculture course there would be my best option. I am so pleased
that I joined the HND course as it has been really interesting.
The quality of the lecturers makes a big difference, with everyone
enthusiastic and knowledgeable in a specific subject. There was a
great range of coursework throughout the year, which was motivating
and rewarding such as the farm practical's and training courses especially
as I didn’t grow up on a farm. I can even lamb a sheep and
milk a cow!
I am enjoying the course so much that I am continuing on to degree level. Ironically
I came through my interest in animals, however through my learning I have become
more interested in crops now and I would like to pursue a career as an agronomist
or within crop product development for a retailer - the options are endless!”
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