Student recognised for outstanding performance during work placement

A final year student from Harper Adams University – the UK’s leading specialist in agriculture and land-based studies - has received an award for his outstanding performance during a year’s work placement with Clinton Devon Estates.

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Student recognised for outstanding performance during work placement

James Boddington, 22, from St Austell received an Aspire Award for his work as a Trainee Land Agent with the land and property management company which has its headquarters in East Budleigh, near Exeter.  

The awards were presented by the Vice Chancellor of Harper Adams University to seven students across a variety of degrees, recognising exceptional performances during their respective year-long placements. Harper Adams is the UK’s leading specialist provider of higher education for the agri-food chain and rural sector, with many of its courses encouraging students to gain real work experience as part of their degree.

James, who has now completed his Rural Enterprise and Land Management degree, said: “My placement at Clinton Devon Estates gave me the opportunity to experience many different aspects of their diverse enterprise portfolio, from in-hand farming to renewable energy and housing development projects.

“Experiencing the practical life of an Estate Manager will help to contribute towards my aspirations to become a Rural Chartered Surveyor and the role gave me a chance to network amongst a broad range of invaluable industry contacts, from surveyors to farmers and solicitors, an opportunity I wouldn’t have had by studying at university alone.”

Head of Property and Land for Clinton Devon Estates Leigh Rix said: “It was a real pleasure to have James working with us for a year. He brought enthusiasm to his role as a Trainee Land Agent and added real value to our team.

“We are always looking for ways in which we can support the next generation of young professionals, especially those with an interest in rural industries and this was a great opportunity to do just that, by providing some hands-on experience.”

Handing over something more valuable than we have today,

– Estates ethos

But our power for good or evil in this world’s affairs in a countryside is enormous

– Robert Lipscomb, Steward 1865 – 1892

to set out against the Scots, the King’s enemies and rebels

– Instructions given by Edward 1 to John de Clinton on 8th April 1298, prior to him leading the Royal army to victory at the Battle of Falkirk. As a direct result the Clinton Barony was formed on 22nd July 1299

Do what you can to elevate your profession. It is an honourable one

– Robert Lipscomb, Steward 1865 – 1892

We are trustees for life of the countryside

– 22nd Baron Clinton, 2002