Dairy Technology Student of the Year Competition

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

This award recognises the efforts of students carrying out a dairy related project, promoting their talent to a wide audience.  The work of the winning individual will be communicated to a global audience, showcasing their achievement.  The award will be presented at the prestigious trade lunch on the first day of the International Cheese & Dairy Awards at Bingley Hall Stafford. The next event will be held on 27th June 2024. 

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, Aylesbury)
2018 Jamie Evans (Arla Foods, Llandyrnog)
2019 Katie Hookaway (Arla Foods, Taw Valley)
2020 Ross Halliday (Arla Foods, Lockerbie)
2021 Stephanie Nish (Arla Foods, Lockerbie)
2022 Marcin Sompolski (Belton Farm)
2023 Rachel Boyce (Lakeland Creamery/CAFRE)


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 April 5th 2024. The full submission (as detailed below) does not need to be received until May 24th 2024.

Requirements for judging (required May 24th 2024):

  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. 
  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 the dairy industry. Clearly defined in report to ensure this requirement is covered.


Clearly stated return on investment (financial) to the individual dairy company and/or the dairy industry. Where ROI is not clearly established there must be reference to the commercial benefits to the site/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 May 24th 2024 and judging will take place during late May/early June.


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 advised of their success by 3rd June 2023 and invited to receive their award at the prestigious lunch at the International Cheese & Dairy Awards, Bingley Hall Stafford on 27th June 2024. A prize of £100, a trophy and a copy of the Tetra Pak Dairy Handbook will be awarded to the winner.



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