After ploughing through her studies, a north-east graduate is set to turn her love of farming and science into a new venture.
Dr Jenna Ross undertook a MBA at Robert Gordon University and has graduated with distinction.
Now the 33-year-old is set to blaze a trail with a business focussing on controlling slug and snail numbers.
Jenna said: “The highlight of my MBA at RGU was using it as a vehicle to develop the business plan for my business concept.
“It allowed me to harness my ideas, and test their feasibility.
“I am in the process of spinning out my bio-pesticide research into a business, focusing on the biological control of molluscs (slugs and snails)”.
Dr Ross is one of 19 people taking part in a Nuffield Farming Scholarship. Her project aims to collect global data on slug control, and enhance farming methods in the UK. However, she has also has her eye on influencing the world of politics.
She added: “My short-term goal is to spin out my research into a feasible applied solution for the agricultural industry.
“However, the MBA and my Nuffield Scholarship have really opened up my mind to various opportunities, and I would love to be involved with moulding UK agricultural policy as Brexit develops.”
And the scholarship has allowed her to travel the world while developing her ideas.
She said: “Earlier this year, I was chosen to be part of the Nuffield Farming programme, which fosters agricultural leaders of the future.
“As part of this, I have travelled to Brazil, US, Canada, Netherlands, Czech Rep, Ukraine, Kenya and South Africa, and later this year I will travel to Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Norway and Slovenia in a quest to learn more about global agriculture.”
She added: “I have a passion for science and agriculture and the MBA and Nuffield program have allowed me to put this together as a commercial opportunity.”
Before studying for an MBA, Jenna studied Forensic Science at RGU, also spending some time with the identification bureau at Police Scotland before she decided to return to education to study PhD in Environmental Science at the University of Aberdeen.
She said: “I have lived and worked around the world, but I am proud to say that all my education has been conducted in Aberdeen.
“We are lucky to have such great facilities on our doorstep, and it was great to return to RGU as a postgraduate.”