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SRUC Barony Students shortlisted for Lantra Awards

Published Monday, 11th February 2013 in Barony Campus news

Three students from SRUC’s Barony Campus near Dumfries have reached the prestigious final of the Lantra Scotland, Land-based and Aquaculture Learner of the Year Awards.

They will discover their fate at this year’s awards ceremony, to take place on the 28th February 2013 at Crieff Hydro.

The three from Scotland’s Rural College in the SW who impressed the judges are Eamon Monaghan Penrith (HNC Agriculture), Adam Beynon-Jones, Haddington (SVQ Fisheries Management) and Malcolm Paton Golspie (MA Engineering). They join four others from SRUC’s Oatridge Campus in West Lothian.

“We are extremely proud of our students and we wish them all well for the final,” said David James, SRUC Assistant Principal, Further Education. “Their background and circumstances are very different and inspiring. They are all a testament to the good practice and achievements in Land-based Further Education.”

Lantra is the Sector Skills Council for land-based and environmental industries, working to ensure these businesses access the training, qualifications, skills and knowledge they need.

Announcing the short list Mary Mitchel, regional partnership manager said:

“The judging panel was very impressed with the standard of entries this year and selecting the winner was not easy. Everyone who entered has really worked hard to make a significant difference and raise the profile of the sector across Scotland.”

Eamon Monaghan (18) is a highly focused and employable young dairy person, originally from Cumbria, who chose Barony Campus for his further and higher education in Agriculture because of its excellent dairy facilities. Eamon was awarded his National Certificate in Agriculture in 2011, his HNC in Agriculture in 2012 and now works at Barony as ‘Assistant Herdsperson’.

Adam Beynon-Jones, (29), was a sound technician in a former life but came to Barony seeking the qualifications to help his new career in freshwater fisheries management. From November 2011 to September 2012 Adam successfully completed the SVQ in Fisheries Management and the National Certificate in Aquaculture and Fishery Operations. Adam has carried out extensive voluntary work with the Forth Fisheries Trust, Galloway Fisheries Trust, and River Annan District Salmon Fishery Board.

Malcolm Paton (20) is now in year 2 of the Modern Apprenticeship Level 2 in Land-based Service Engineering and is employed at McLaren Tractors, an agricultural machinery company based in Dingwall. Malcolm started with McLaren Tractors on work experience and went on to get a full time post. He became interested in agriculture at an early age, growing up on the family croft which he now manages. That task has increasingly involved machinery, which sparked his enthusiasm for agricultural engineering.

The Awards, founded in 2003, celebrate the talent of those working in the land based sector. They aim to promote the exciting career opportunities on offer, encourage new people into the sector and demonstrate the benefits skilled staff can bring to businesses.

For more information on the Barony Students please contact Shona Warwick on 01387 242919 or

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