Student Success Rewarded at Great Yorkshire Show

 In 2023, GYS Press Releases

Seven students studying for land-based careers at universities and colleges across the north had their efforts recognised at the Great Yorkshire Show when they were chosen as the region’s finest.

The annual Best Agricultural Student Awards are presented to students from Askham Bryan, Bishop Burton, Craven, Myerscroft and East Durham Colleges, as well as the Universities of Leeds and Newcastle.

The Award winners are:

  • Carla Brown from Askham Bryan. During Carla’s two years at Askham Bryan College she has become a very well-respected student by the staff and her fellow students and her distinction grades are evidence of her attention to detail. Carla is very much involved within her own family farm and has also been working extremely hard to develop extra qualifications for her CV on top of her level 3 commitments to enable her to be practically qualified to carry out livestock husbandry to a management standard.
  • Jessica Stock from Bishop Burton College. Jess had just completed her Foundation Degree in Agriculture. She excels in all areas whether it is livestock, machinery operation or crop production. During her time at Bishop Burton, she has completed pea harvest, been to New Zealand and held down a full-time job alongside her course.
  • Emma Wright from Craven College. Emma has been an excellent student during her Level 2 apprenticeship. Emma has gone above and beyond to gain experience of the industry by not only working on the family farm but taking a part time role at the local auction. Whilst working at the auction Emma took on more of the paperwork side by completing the movement licences as well as handling stock. Emma has progressed quickly through her apprenticeship; her confidence has grown, and she has now become a competent stockperson.
  • Will Gowens from East Durham College (Houghall Campus). Will has shown exceptional perseverance and determination through the year to achieve at the highest possible levels. Will adds thoughtful and considered contributions to class discussions drawn from a large and ever widening range of knowledge, and a specific interest in dairy and genomic considerations. Will’s unwavering personal drive to excel in every aspect of course work has laid a fantastic foundation in preparation for the next step to university.
  • Tobias Allington from Leeds University. Whilst studying Biology at the University of Leeds Toby became very aware of the threats posed by climate change and the planet’s growing population. He took on a keen interest in how novel scientific techniques could be used to aid food security issues and then specialised in crop science, attending the Gatsby Plant Science Summer School, completing a research project on improving energy production in rice and recently finishing his master’s degree research project, developing parasite resistance within coffee plants.
  • Isabelle King from Myerscough College. Isabelle has completed her Level 3 CG Advanced Technical Extended Diploma (1080) Agriculture (Livestock). She is aspiring to obtain a triple distinction when she completes her programme, through a combination of synoptic graded assessments and end of course exam. Isabelle has always been interested in Agriculture and has established her own flock of 18 Greyface Dartmoor sheep, along with working on a local dairy / sheep farm for the past six years. In 2021 at the start of her Level 3 course, Isabelle was diagnosed with Lyme disease and still has some on-going health issues which links to this. By early March this year, Isabelle had been having increasing serve headaches and was further diagnosed with a tumour on her pituitary gland, a benign brain tumour and is currently still waiting for an operation date. Isabelle carried on with her studies and has completed her assignments to a high standard and sat her final exam in June which was a day release from hospital and literally had to go straight back to hospital after taking her exam for further medical care.
  • Azlan Bin Basar from Newcastle University. Azlan is an international student, funded by the Brunei Government to return to Brunei to teach Agriculture. He was nominated due to his enthusiasm, support for the degree programme and academic performance on the BSc Agriculture Degree (including 80 per cent in his dissertation on the effect of a biostimulant on soil organic matter decomposition rate at two levels of tillage management). Azlan has seized every opportunity available to visit Yorkshire’s own Mulgrave Estates and Metcalf Farms to see their 900-cow dairy and heading down to rub shoulders with Minette Batters and the like at the Institute for Agricultural Management in London in November. He has gained additional experience in his own time on both the university farms, in both the commercial arable and animal enterprises.

The Great Yorkshire Show has become a four-day event after a raft of changes were implemented at the 2021 show due to Covid 19 regulations.

Tickets for the show have now sold out. Tickets will not be available on the gate. The opening times are 8am to 6pm on all four days. To see what is happening on which day, go to:


• The Great Yorkshire Show is England’s premier agricultural event, organised by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society (YAS), a registered charity supporting rural Yorkshire.
• YAS supports and promotes the farming industry through health care, business, education and scientific research.
• The Society is supported by its family of businesses including Fodder, Yorkshire Event Centre, Pavilions of Harrogate and the Harrogate Caravan Park as well as events Great Yorkshire Show and Springtime Live.
• Businesses and events held at the Great Yorkshire Showground in 2019 contributed £73.7 million to the economy.

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GYS23_Student Awards at the Great Yorkshire Show with YAS President Simon Theakston and Chief Exec Allister Nixon.

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