Anita Woolf, an engineering student from Peterborough, has won a £4,500 scholarship as part of the Pig Industry Scholarship Programme operated by AHDB Pork and the NPA in conjunction with Harper Adams University.

Ms Woolf has already received a Douglas Bomford Trust engineering-based scholarship at Harper Adams, where she is studying for a BEng in mechanical engineering.

Anita Woolf and Hugh Crabtree

Reading-based livestock technology specialist Farmex provided the funding, which will contribute to Ms Woolf’s study costs. She will join the company in July in a placement position as a process control engineer, getting involved in everything from printed circuit board assembly to system specification for existing and new-generation Dicam control units.

“We are putting a lot of effort into encouraging young people into the industry and it is really good news that this engineer has recognised the importance of process control and the use of data in this sector,” comments Hugh Crabtree, managing director of Farmex and chairman of the steering group for the industry’s scholarship programme.