Carbery supports future sustainability leaders at UCC

  • Launch of the Carbery Group Scholarship for Masters of Science in Co-operatives, Agri-Food and Sustainable Development

West Cork based international ingredients, flavours, and award-winning cheese producer, Carbery Group has committed to supporting a postgraduate student scholarship at University College Cork over the next five years. The donation from the company will fund The Carbery Group Scholarship for one postgraduate student annually on the MSc (Masters of Science) in Co-operatives, Agri-Food and Sustainable Development at Cork University Business School, UCC. The scholarship opportunity will also include a valuable work placement with Carbery Group.

Commenting on the launch of the scholarship, Jason Hawkins, Carbery CEO said:

“The co-operative ethos is fundamental to the Carbery identity and how we operate. We work in partnership with our farmer shareholders, and the communities in which we are based, to make sure we are contributing in a positive way to the economy, socially, and within the community. So we 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 give participants a deep understanding of co-operatives, sustainable development and the agri-food system. We look forward to welcoming the student selected to Carbery when the time comes.”

Commenting on behalf of UCC, Professor Thia Hennessy, Dean of Cork University Business School said,

“The Carbery Group Scholarship reinforces the historic ties that connects the Business School with Ireland’s indigenous food industry.

The scholarship is indicative of the evolving nature of this relationship as we confront the challenges associated with placing sustainability at the heart of vibrant communities.

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.”

The MSc in Co-operatives, Agri-Food and Sustainable Development is the only one-year masters of its kind which fully integrates co-operative approaches into the study of sustainable development and agri-food. It is especially practical, both in work placements and in the skills developed by students. It prepares graduates to work in organisations that deal with current and future socio-economic and environmental challenges including climate change, collaborative economies, and sustainable rural communities.

Students from the MSc on a field visit to Barryroe Co-op

How to apply

In order to apply for the scholarship students must secure a minimum Second-Class Honours Grade 1 in an approved primary degree or equivalent and have received an offer and accepted a place on the MSc Co-operatives, Agri-Food and Sustainable Development.

Applicants must submit a short personal statement and students will be shortlisted for interview with a judging panel to include the programme’s co-directors and a representative from Carbery Group.

Information and the application process for the scholarship is available here:

The application process is open from now until 1 August 2021.For more information on Carbery Group, visit


About Carbery Group

Carbery Group is an international dairy, flavours and nutritional ingredients company headquartered in Ballineen, Co. Cork, Ireland. It is owned by four Irish co-operatives, Bandon, Barryroe, Drinagh and Lisavaird, and employs almost 900 people, with 1215 local farmer suppliers. Carbery operates from 10 locations including Ireland, the UK, the USA, Brazil, Italy, Indonesia and Thailand and supplies more than 50 countries worldwide.


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University College Cork, Ireland

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