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Carbery Group backing the Sustainability Leaders of the Future at UCC

Date: 25/06/2021

Carbery Group launch Scholarship for Masters of Science in Co-operatives, Agri-Food and Sustainable Development.

The international dairy, flavours, nutritional ingredients and award-winning cheese producer has committed to supporting a postgraduate scholarship to a student enrolled in UCC’s MSc Co-operatives, Agri-Food and Sustainable Development programme annually, over the next five years. The scholarship also includes a work placement opportunity with Carbery Group.

The West Cork based company, headquartered in Ballineen, “are delighted to continue our longstanding relationship with UCC and to work with Cork University Business School to support students in pursuing this unique programme, which gives participants a deep understanding of co-operatives, sustainable development and the agri-food system”, says Jason Hawkins, Carbery CEO.

Carbery Group is owned by four Irish co-operatives, Bandon, Barryrow, Drinagh and Lisavaird, employing almost 900 people, with 1215 local farmer suppliers. The producer has always worked in partnership with their farmer shareholders and contributed positively to the communities in which they are based. This can be attributed to their co-operative ethos which is fundamental to how Carbery identify themselves and how they do business.

The MSc in Co-operatives, Agri-Food and Sustainable Development is a unique one-year masters that fully integrates co-operative approaches into the study of sustainable development and agri-food. It has a very strong practical emphasis, equipping graduates with the skills needed to make innovative contributions to future socio-economic and environmental challenges such as climate change, sustainable rural community development and collaborative economies.

“By providing students with practical insights into how the Carbery Group are working to create sustainable local economies, we will both be preparing MSc Co-operatives, Agri-Food and Sustainable Development graduates to thrive in the future economy,” said professor Thia Hennessy, Dean of Cork University Business School on behalf of UCC.


The application process is open from now until 1 August 2021.

Further information and the application process for the scholarship is available here: https://www.ucc.ie/en/scholarships/postgraduate/blschpg/b-lpgcarberysch/  


For more information contact:


Nicola Stathers

Marketing and Communications Project Manager


University College Cork, Ireland

T   +353 86 897 6156



Louise Kelly

Communications Manager

T 083 888 5995

E louisekelly@carbery.com