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THE ORNUA/UCC CENTRE FOR CO-OPERATIVE STUDIES ESSAY COMPETITION WINNER ANNOUNCED

Posted on: 05 Feb 2020

THE ORNUA/UCC CENTRE FOR CO-OPERATIVE STUDIES ESSAY COMPETITION WINNER ANNOUNCED
Dr. Noreen Byrne (CUBS), Dr Olive McCarthy (CUBS), Charlie Purcell, (Sustainability & CSR Specialist, Ornua), Mike O’Connor (MSc in Co-operatives, Agri-Food and Sustainable Development student)

The Centre for Co-operative Studies ran an essay competition with Ornua over the Summer months on the role played by co-operatives in promoting sustainability and bio-diversity at farm level in Ireland. The prize was €1,000. The competition was won by Mike O’Connor who is a current student on the MSc in Co-operatives, Agri-Food and Sustainable Development. He was recently presented with his prize by Charlie Purcell, Sustainability & CSR Specialist with Ornua, here in UCC. 

Aimed at current students and recent graduates, the competition asked entrants to submit a 1,500-2,000 word essay describing the role played by co-operatives in promoting sustainability and bio-diversity at farm level in Ireland, now and into the future.

The essay competition brought together Ornua, a dairy co-operative and Ireland’s largest exporter of Irish dairy products, exporting to c.110 countries worldwide, and the Centre for Co-operative Studies at UCC.

Established in 1980, the Centre for Co-operative Studies has carried out extensive research into agricultural, community, worker, housing and credit co-operatives.

The Centre works closely with the Department of Food Business and Development in UCC to deliver the MSc in Co-operatives, Agri-Food and Sustainable Development.