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Marshal Papworth Fund statement on Covid-19

The Marshal Papworth Fund committee, along with our short course partners Harper Adams University, have made the sad decision to cancel this year’s Short Course in Sustainable Agriculture, held from May to July, due to the Coronavirus threat.

Whilst this was something we desperately wanted to avoid where possible, the short course would usually combine an exceptional standard of teaching with practical learning and a number of fieldtrips to agribusinesses and agricultural events whilst the students are here in the UK. Even if students had been able to get to the UK safely, the programme would be greatly impacted by the CV19 measures the UK Government are putting into place, and we do not wish to expose the students, their communities or the communities here in the UK to unnecessary risks.   

Our focus will now move to ensuring that we are able to put on a very successful course in 2021, and will hope to welcome the applicants that had been due to attend in 2020 as part of this.

For our MSc scholarship students currently studying in the UK, we are in close contact with them and their host universities during this challenging and uncertain time. Our priority will be ensuring that they have the means to stay safe and well in the coming weeks and months ahead.

We also wish our alumni back in their home countries to stay safe and well, and encourage you to keep in touch and reach out to us in these uncertain times globally.  

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