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Jenna leads the way for women in agriculture


Dr Jenna Ross embarked on an MBA at Robert Gordon University (RGU) to turn her passion for science and farming into a business concept, and she will now graduate with distinction.

Jenna, who grew up on a family farm in Tarland, Aberdeenshire, has also won two prestigious awards, as well as an opportunity to travel the world through the Nuffield Trust to gather global data to enhance farming methods in the UK.

The 33-year-old completed her MBA with distinction and took to the stage on Wednesday July 11 at 10.30am to collect her award.

She is currently developing her bio-pesticide research into a business utilising her MBA.

She said: “The highlight of my MBA at RGU was using it as a vehicle to develop the business plan for my business concept. It allowed me to harness my ideas, and test their feasibility. I am in the process of spinning out my bio-pesticide research into a business, focusing on the biological control of molluscs (slugs and snails).

“My short-term goal is to spin out my research into a feasible applied solution for the agricultural industry. However, the MBA and my Nuffield Scholarship have really opened up my mind to various opportunities, and I would love to be involved with moulding UK agricultural policy as Brexit develops.”

Jenna is one of 19 people embarking on a Nuffield Farming Scholarship in 2018. Her project – Riding the slime wave: Gathering global data to enhance slug control in the UK – sets out to collate global information on slug control, in order to enhance farming methods in the UK.

She said: “Earlier this year, I was chosen to be part of the Nuffield Farming programme, which fosters agricultural leaders of the future. As part of this, I have travelled to Brazil, US, Canada, Netherlands, Czech Rep, Ukraine, Kenya and South Africa, and later this year I will travel to Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Norway and Slovenia in a quest to learn more about global agriculture, and where my business concept fits into the bigger picture.

“I have a passion for science and agriculture, and the MBA and Nuffield programme have allowed me to pull all this together as a commercial opportunity”.

Prior to an MBA, Jenna studied Forensic Science at RGU and spent some time working with the Identification Bureau at Grampian Police before deciding to go back to university to study a PhD in Environmental Science at the University of Aberdeen.

Jenna said: “I have lived and worked around the world, but I am proud to say that all my education has been conducted in Aberdeen. We are lucky to have such great facilities on our doorstep, and it was great to return to RGU as a postgraduate.”

Release by Stacey Lynch
Communications Officer
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