Murray Black Award

Murray Black Award


The Murray Black Award is an annual scholarship aimed at providing opportunities for early career members of BSAS to enhance their skills and experiences.

Who was Murray Black?

Throughout his career, Murray was instrumental in implementing innovative changes that are now standard practice, including forward creep grazing, developments in sheep housing, and improvements to sheep breeds. Along with fellow scientists Bob Thomas, his major achievement was in relation to clean grazing as a major solution to the parasitic cycle of intestinal parasites in sheep. In 1964, Murray moved to the Agricultural Institute in Dublin to manage their R&D farms, before coming to the Edinburgh School of Agriculture in 1970 as farms director, serving both the University of Edinburgh and the Scottish Agricultural College. In this role, he was involved in modernising and making the large farm's estate profitable. He was also an influential member of the Farm Animal Welfare Council. As well as being president of BSAS, Murray was awarded an MBE in 1996 for services in agriculture and education, and was made a fellow of the Royal Agricultural Society in 1996.


Open to post-graduates and those in the early stages of their career, the award focuses on helping early-career scientists carry out research or specific short programmes that add value to their existing PhD or Masters programmes. Potential recipients can apply for funding to travel to work away from their base. The award is open to all branches of animal science, and applications that cover the role of domestic and wild animals in enhancing and maintaining the rural environment are particularly welcome.

Review of competition entries

Applications to the Murray Black award will be assessed based on the application form. In making its decision, the selection panel will consider the relevance of the applicants work and the extent to which they will benefit from receiving the award.


Reporting requirements

The project/study tour/meeting attendance must be completed within 12 months of the closing date of the Award. Successful candidates will be asked to prepare a report of their award, which will be published on the BSAS website. Following completion of the scholarship, recipients of the award are expected to (i) attend and present the outputs from the award at the BSAS annual conference student day (funding may be available for this) and (ii) submit a short report / poster which will be uploaded to the society’s website.


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What is the prize?

The award, up to £1500, based on the quality and type of application.

How do I apply?

The Murray is open to applicants from all branches of animal science who are in the early years of their career. Applications only accepted from BSAS members whom have been a member of the society for a minimum of 6 months. Please complete the on-line application form and return by the application deadline.

Application deadline

Entries for 2021 not open at present, dates to be announced shortly or contact for further details

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Application Background (please complete in line with Award criteria

Please provide name and address of an academic referee supporting this application (please ensure that they have sgreed to support the application)


Please succinctly, state your main objectives (250 words max)

Lay Summary and Impact

Please provide a lay summary of your current research/study focus. Briefly describe how your work meets the scope of this award focusing on the originality/novelty of the scientific advances or development in knowledge. You must include benefits that would accrue from this proposal covering the (i) development of the scientific area and (ii) benefit to the animal science industry and or animal welfare (500 words max)

Technical Summary

Please provide a summary of the work that you plan to undertake as part of this award. . If the application is to support presenting at a conference, include any submitted abstract (as an appendix) and date when you are likely to hear of the outcome (500 words max)

Benefits of the Award

Briefly provide an overview and background of yourself as an animal scientist. What are your strength, challenges and future goals or aspiration? Describe how this award will support your current work and provide opportunities for your professional development or progression (500 words max)

Expenditure Breakdown

(including dates, location(s), travel and accommodation)

Past Recipients


Lucy Allen, Royal Agricultural University  


Maciej Marek Misiura, Newcastle University
Kelsey Rhian Pool, University of Sydney, Australia


Adam Clark, Newcastle University - The molecular basis of humpy-back disease in pigs
Anne Huting, Newcastle University


Francis Campion, University College Dublin
Tanya Englishby, SRUC
Luisa Seeker, University of Edinburgh


Elodie Ganche, Teagasc, Ireland
Priya Motupalli, Harper Adams University, UK
Samantha Wilkinson, SRUC, UK


Pauline Addis, Newcastle University, UK
Oluwagbemiga Adeleye, Newcastle University, UK
Marion Beecher, Teagasc, Ireland
Jill Mackay, SAC, UK
Cormac O’Shea, University College Dublin, Ireland


Alice Barrier,SAC, UK
Einar Vargas Bello Pérez, University of Nottingham, UK
Ruth Dockerty, University of Liverpool, UK
Anna Mizrachi, University of Leeds, UK
Ollie Szyszka, Univeristy of Newcastle, UK


Eileen McLoskey, AFBINI & Queen’s University, Belfast, UK
Alem Kadane Sagaye, Scottish Agricultural College, UK
Cameron Craigie, Scottish Agricultural College, UK
Gemma Charlton, Harper Adams University College, UK


Andrew Clempson, Royal Veterinary College, UK
Georgina Crossman, University of Exeter, UK
Matt Bell, Scottish Agricultural College, UK
Craig Lewis, Roslin Institute, UK
Jennifer Coltherd, Scottish Agricultural College, UK
Kathryn Kemper, Roslin Institute, UK


Jenny Gibbons, Scottish Agricultural College, UK
Konstantine Zaralis, Scottish Agricultural College, UK
Keelin O’Driscoll, University College, Dublin, Ireland


Lesley Smith, Scottish Agricultural College, UK
Sam Mason, University of Leeds, UK
Nicola Blackie, Writtle College, UK
Mark Fenwick, Royal Veterinary College, UK
Emer Scott-Baird, Newcastle University
Timea Kupai, Scottish Agricultural College, UK & University of Kaposvar, Hungary
Camila Munoz, AFBI Hillsborough, UK


Catherine Hayhurst, University of Liverpool, UK
Suzanne Rowe, Roslin Institute & University of Edinburgh, UK
William Brindle, Scottish Agricultural College, UK
Fredrik Sandberg, Scottish Agricultural College, UK


Ruth M Pickard, Newcastle University, UK
Johanna L Judge, Scottish Agricultural College, UK
Christos A Tsourgiannis, University of Plymouth, UK


Linda M Mitchell, Scottish Agricultural College, UK
Spiridoula Athanasiadou, Scottitsh Agricultural College, UK
Susan Jarvis, Scottish Agricultural College, UK


Jayne MacIntyre, Newcastle University, UK


Betina Winkler, University of Plymouth, UK