Global Academy of Agriculture and Food Systems

Students win accolades for leadership efforts

Undergraduates are honoured with Academy prizes for their inspiring work to support others.

Two students have been recognised for their leadership abilities with awards from the Global Academy for Agriculture and Food Security.

Julian Mashingaidze and Dylan Edgar, who are both undertaking degree programmes in Global Agriculture and Food Security, have won Outstanding Student Leadership prizes.

Mr Mashingaidze was given his award in recognition of his involvement in the FareShare/Cyrenians initiative, which has supplied food parcels to vulnerable people across Central and South East Scotland during the Covid-19 outbreak, and for his work in organising the University’s Food Security and Sustainability Society.

Dylan Edgar
Dylan Edgar was recognised for his support to other students.

Mr Edgar earned his prize for in setting up and delivering support to earlier year students through the Academy’s peer-assisted learning scheme, AgriPALs.

They have both been given a certificate and EcoLarder voucher.

The University's volunteering support for FareShare/Cyrenians was set up in April 2020 so that staff and students could support emergency food provision in Edinburgh during lockdown. Julian was the first student to volunteer and he encouraged others to do so. His support was invaluable.

Dr Kirsteen ShieldsLecturer in International Law and Food Security

Dylan goes above and beyond in his role in AgriPALs to provide additional resources and individual student sessions.  This has been particularly important and supportive during hybrid delivery of learning and these efforts are very much appreciated.

Dr Alfy Gathorne-HardyInterdisciplinary Lecturer in Sustainable Resource Use

I feel truly honoured to receive this award, thank you so much. The support from the Global Academy throughout my academic journey here has been nothing short of world class. I will continue to try to be the best ambassador I can be for the Academy.

Julian MashingaidzeOutstanding Student Leadership prize winner

Thank you so much to all the Global Academy staff. This is very generous of you. I’m just happy to have helped.

 Dylan EdgarOutstanding Student Leadership prize winner

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Food Security and Sustainability Society