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Emily Davis

University of Nottingham

Despite being discouraged from entering agricultural from her school careers advisor, Emily was determined to prove him wrong. Instead she rang her local farm for work experience and has not looked back.

A thirst for knowledge inspired her to study at Ecole Superieure d’Agriculture Angers in France where she also learnt about alternative farming systems such as viticulture and forage-drying dairy systems.

Undertaking a series of farm placements – including working during lambing time at a 2,000-head farm – Emily was selected as one of four UK delegates to attend the 2017 Youth Ag Sumit to meet fellow peers from 49 different countries.

Here she presented a project highlighting the development of female role models and knowledge transfer across global agriculture. She was thin invited to present it to the All Party Parliamentary Group in Westminster alongside the Summit outcomes. The latest outcome of this helped MPs vote on a proposed new GSCE in agriculture.


Graduating with a First Class honours in BSc (Hons) Agriculture, Emily was also Student Ambassador and participated in Open Days to encourage others into pursuing a farming career, an opportunity she was never given by her own school. She also worked with the Christian Union and Globe Café to bring international students and provide them with somewhere to meet each week.

Outside of university, she is a keen runner and cyclist and has completed sprint triathlons and all 1,800 of the Col du Tourmalet.

Emily hopes to pursue a PhD or to work on farms further afield and abroad to develop her skills and knowledge. As an aspiring new entrant into the sheep industry, she is particularly keen to learn about large-scale extensive systems and dynamic grassland management strategies in New Zealand as well as performance recording and progressive breeding.