Toby Alkhersan: Student of the Year 2022

September 2022
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Toby Alkhersan has been named Writtle University College's Student of the Year for 2022. Toby's award was presented by Chancellor Jimmy Doherty on September 9th, during the graduation ceremony for the Class of 2022.

Throughout his time at Writtle University College, Toby displayed impressive levels of commitment to his studies, his community and the environment.

As the joint winner of the University College's Sustainable Futures competition, he showed real entrepreneurial talent. With his classmate Peter, Toby worked to create an aeroponics system that reduces water use and offers a more sustainable method of crop production.

Toby and Peter also assisted with research taking place in the University College's glasshouses. Projects included reducing peat usage and mitigating transplant root shock. 

After partnering with friends to regreen an area of his hometown, Toby made similar plans for the University College's campus. As co-founder of the University College's Gaia Club, he worked with fellow students to organise the donation of over 700 saplings for planting on Writtle's countryside estate. Dozens of students and staff members - including the Vice-Chancellor - took part in the club's 'tree planting days'. 

The club carried out a range of initiatives throughout the year, all aimed at increasing sustainability and preserving nature. These included the propagation of plants that were then distributed to the local community.

Toby is continuing to make his mark in the food sector. He recently celebrated his acceptance to the highly competitive MDS graduate programme. The company, which is one of UK's foremost providers of management training for the industry, creates capable leaders to work in all areas of the food supply chain.