Ross Scholarship recipient named

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Research assistant Simon Duff, of Lincoln University’s Agribusiness and Economics Research Unit, has been named as the second recipient of the recently established Ross Scholarship.

Named for and endowed by Lincoln University’s first vice-chancellor, emeritus professor Bruce Ross and wife Gill, the scholarship funded Mr Duff for a specific 12-week research project undertaken prior to starting a master’s degree, which he is now working on.

Sebastian Wilberforce, secretary of the Lincoln University Foundation, which administers the endowment, said the intent of the Ross Scholarship is to give students an opportunity to experience working in a research environment, to gain an understanding of what is involved in postgraduate research and to acquire research skills in the field of agribusiness and economics research.

Mr Duff’s project focussed on social enterprises, defined as organisations that operate with a social purpose and utilise business to advance human development and social missions.

His research project was supervised by AERU director Professor Caroline Saunders and deputy director Professor Paul Dalziel, who described the work as highly relevant to recent government initiatives to support and encourage social enterprises.