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Agriculture students give it some welly to secure victory in new competition

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: March 15, 2014

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A team of ten students from Harper Adams University have become the inaugural winners of the Mole Valley Farmers "Uni in my Wellies" Cup.

Following the launch of the challenge through social media to find welly testers at the two agricultural universities; Harper Adams University in Shropshire, and the Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester, Gloucestershire, a competition ensued between the two academic establishments during the first term.

Ten welly testers from each university were required to provide feedback on the wellingtons they tried out for a term, using a range of social media applications such as Twitter and Pinterest, using the hash tag "Uni in my Wellies".

Caroline Rowden, product manager at Mole Valley Farmers, who was behind the competition, said: "The winners have been selected and Team Harper, hands down, won the overall prize and the 'Uni in my Wellies' Cup.

"The number of reviews, the volume and quality of the images taken and their team effort led to their overall victory."

Further deliberation was required to identify winning students from each university and this proved a much harder task.

The individual winners were the Royal Agricultural University's Catherine Corbett and Harper Adams University's Grace Munro-Henworth.

Catherine trialled a pair of Seeland neoprene-lined wellingtons, while Grace tried out a pair of Dunlop Purofort professional full-safety boots. Grace's social media interaction so impressed Dunlop, that she has been asked to continue to tweet about her time at university in her wellies.

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