Dairy Technology Student of the Year Competition

The Dairy Industry Student Award Sponsored by The Society of Dairy Technology and The International Cheese Awards

This award recognises the efforts of students in the Dairy Industry and promotes their talent to a wide audience.  The work of the winning individual will be communicated to a global audience, showcasing their achievement.  This award is usually presented at the prestigious trade lunch held at the Nantwich International Cheese Awards, however this year (2020) due to the cancellation of the event the winner will be invited to attend the SDT Autumn Conference at Loughry Campus CAFRE in Cookstown Northern Ireland or an alternative more local event if travelling and accommodation are a problem.

The award is open to any student studying a dairy or food related course in the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland. Courses may be vocational qualifications, diploma, degree etc. There is no age restriction to applicants; however the applicant must be undertaking a dairy project or employed within the dairy industry.

Previous winners of the award:
2016 Chris Hay (Tuxford & Tebbitt, Arla Foods)
2017 John Clark (Arla Foods Stourton)
2018 Jamie Evans (Arla Foods Llandyrnog)
2019 Katie Hookaway (Arla Foods)

How to enter:            

Complete the application form (click HERE ) to register your entry and email it to execdirector@sdt.org . Registration must be received by May 31st 2020 (extended for 2020). The full submission (as detailed below) does not need to be received until June 29th 2020.

Requirements for judging (required June 29th):

  1. A confidential, comprehensive report of either a dairy related project or work placement experience should be submitted for judging. This should be no more than 2000 words.
  2. In addition to the detailed report submit a summary, of no more than 300 words, of the study or work undertaken. The summary could be in the form of a poster or a written summary. (This will be used as press and electronic release for the winning candidate).
  3. Include a brief biography of yourself, your course of study and your experience within the industry.


Judging criteria

The following criteria will be used to judge entries:


       % of mark

Potential impact to the Dairy Company ( if  student employed in the industry) and/or the dairy industry


Clearly stated return on investment (financial) to the individual dairy company and/or the dairy industry.


Scientific content and method of study demonstrating evaluation of research and analysis of data.


Background of the individual demonstrating professional journey and ownership of project 


ALL submissions must be electronically submitted in both PDF and Word formats and NOT as a hard copy. It should be emailed to execdirector@sdt.org by June 29th and judging will take place during July.


Judging will be undertaken by a panel of 4 industry experts, 2 from the Society of Dairy Technology and 2 from the International Cheese Awards Committee. The winner will be invited to receive their award at the SDT Autumn Conference in Cookstown Northern Ireland in November (2020 only). A prize of £100 and a trophy will be awarded to the winner.



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