Thanet Earth Fellowship
Degree students can apply for our prestigious Thanet Earth Fellowship or Pepper Champion placements: 8-month paid positions with Thanet Earth, managing their large-scale variety trials on tomatoes and peppers in the College’s glasshouses. The selected students work closely with the technical and commercial teams at Thanet and various high profile stakeholders to carry out the trials and feed the appropriate information back.
The award-winning project involves careful management of the glasshouse technical systems at Hadlow, with training and mentoring from specialists at Thanet Earth, enabling the students to gain a detailed insight into commercial horticulture, which complements their course content.
The students are responsible for numerous plants of different varieties, keeping detailed records of each variety’s performance and yield, assessing vigour, size, susceptibility to disease, and most importantly, taste - all important points of difference for retail buyers. Ultimately, the students make recommendations to the team about the most commercially-promising opportunities, with the ultimate reward of seeing their varieties on the supermarket shelves.