At the Food Bursary Awards ceremony fourteen food students from Loughry’s higher education degree courses were presented with the industry bursaries they have secured this academic year.  Nine companies offered bursaries which were valued between £1,000 and £4,500, and totalled £30,000. 

Businesses that have shown their appreciation of the future talent that Loughry is developing include: the Bank of Ireland, Chesapeake, Dunbia, Fane Valley, Glanbia Cheese Ltd, Irish Farmers Journal, Linden Foods, Moy Park Ltd, Northern Ireland Food and Drink Association (NIFDA) and Tyrone Farming Society.

The Fane Valley & Linden Foods Bursary Winner was Ruth McCrea. Ruth is from outside Stewartstown and graduated from Loughry in 2014 with a National Diploma in Food Technology. She decided to further her studies and is now in her first year of the BSc (Hons) Food Technology Degree.

In her spare time she enjoys horse riding, the outdoors and anything to do with animals. Ruth decided to choose a career in the food industry because she was particularly interested in home economics and sciences. She believes the food industry is a growing sector, which will offer a range of prospects for her future career.

Geraldine Maguire, Fane Valley HR Manager said, “We are extremely delighted to have selected Ruth as our bursary recipient. After the application and interview process Ruth was the outstanding candidate that represented the strong values at Fane Valley & Linden Foods. A diligent and dedicated student, Ruth has a very real passion for the NI Food Industry and shows a drive to progress and develop in this sector.”  

For further information on our Bursary process please contact our HR Department on Tel: 028 3752 0217 or Email: