Sir Kenneth Blaxter Scholarship

Sir Kenneth Blaxter Scholarship

Awarded every year, the Sir Kenneth Blaxter Award is an annual scholarship aimed at providing opportunities for early-career members of BSAS to enhance their skills and experiences.

The Sir Kenneth Blaxter Award is open to post-graduates and those in the early stages of their career from all branches of animal science and any reasonable proposal within the scope of the scheme will be considered.

What is the prize?

Worth up to £1500, based on the quality and type of application, the scholarship can be used for travel in the UK or overseas, or for a specified overseas study tour.  

How do I apply?

Open to applicants from all branches of animal science who are in the early years of their career (postgraduate student or within two years of graduating with a PhD, or working in commerce or industry with an equivalent level of experience without necessarily having a PhD).

The award may be used for travel to conferences but in this case the awards panel will seek evidence of added value such as giving a presentation or poster and particularity where funding is used to visit establishments or engage with other scientists.  

Applications will only be accepted from BSAS members whom have been a member of the society for a minimum of 6 months.

Application Deadline

Apply by  31st January.

Who was Kenneth Blaxter?

Sir Kenneth Blaxter was a key researcher in the second half of the 20th century in the fields of animal and human nutrition and animal husbandry.  He studied at Reading, where he wrote his PhD thesis, 'The maintenance of the winter milk supply in wartime'. 

As head of the nutrition department at the Hannah Dairy Research Institute in Ayr, Scotland, he wrote over 200 papers focusing on energy metabolism and feed usage by ruminants.  

He also looked at nutritional diseases and magnesium deficiency in calves, the effect of temperature and other environmental effects on sheep, and ruminant digestion and feed intake.

Sir Kenneth finished his career as director of the Rowett Research Institute in Aberdeen, where his research studies expanded to include deer farming, llamas, human nutrition, feed evaluation, environmental stress and animal calorimetry.

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Past Recipients


 Georgios Pexas, University of Newcastle


Daniels, Royal Agricultural University
Anna Lavery, ABINI
Jolinda Pollock, SRUC​
Paul Rose, University of Exeter


Funded early career scientists to attend EAAP 2016


Angel Abuelo Sebio, College of Veterinary Science, USC, Lugo Spain
Poppy Frater, EBLEX
Eleri Price, Aberystwyth University


Alice Barrier, SAC, UK
Laura Corbin, Roslin Insitute, UK


Helio Lima Neto,University of Newcastle, UK
Jenny Gibbons, SAC, UK
Catherine Hale, Hartpury College, UK


Samantha Ward, Moulton College, UK
Mohammad M H Khan, Newcastle University, UK
Yolande Seddon, Newcastle University, UK
Marleen Werkman, University of Stirling, UK


Mirinlini, University of Wales, UK
Soumela Savvidou, University of Plymouth, UK


Emma M Baxter, Scottish Agricultural College, UK
Fiona Laing, Scottish Agricultural College, UK
Catherine Hayhurst, University of Liverpool, UK


Lorraine Salmon, University of Newcastle, UK
Michael R F Lee, IGER, UK
Noelia Aldai, SERIDA Institute, Spain


Dario Colombatto, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina
Sylwia J Adamiak, Scottish Agricultural College, UK


Penelope A R Hawken, Newcastle University, UK


Maria del Mar Campo Arribas, University of Bristol, UK
Vlasta Demechova, University of Plymouth, UK


Jos Houdijk, Scottish Agricultural College, UK


Caroline Rymer, ADAS, UK


Helen Christie, ARINI, UK
Spiridoula Athanasiadou, Scottish Agricultural College, UK
Michael Hutchings, Scottish Agricultural College, UK
George Arsenos, Scottish Agricultural College, UK