Three auctioneers qualify with degrees

THREE young auctioneers have been awarded degrees by the University of Central Lancashire - while holding down full-time jobs.

James Little from Ireby, Cumbria, Grant Anderson from Annan, and Lynne Grieve, a farmer’s daughter from Bellingham, Northumberland, and the only woman on the course, graduated with a Foundation Degree of Science in Auctioneering and Valuations.

All three have studied part-time for the last four years while working full-time with Harrison and Hetherington, where they have been employees since leaving school.

They are now automatically enrolled as Fellows of the Livestock Auctioneer’s Association, a qualification required if valuations are to be made on farms.

James, who also works on the family farm, says: “Studying for this degree was a significant challenge, and involved more than a little extra work. I would feed the sheep and cattle before doing a full day’s work, which was then followed by a solid evening’s study. It was a hard slog, but definitely worth it.”

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