M&S supports 'record number' of wine studies students at Plumpton

Marks & Spencer has agreed to support a record number of students with their wine studies. Plumpton College, which offers a range of wine business courses, has reported that this year 27 students will benefit from a 50% reduction of their exam fees, thanks to the retailer.

For the past four years, M&S has awarded a scholarship to the top final BSc (Hons) Viticulture & Oenology student at Plumpton College. As well as covering their course fees, the award winner has the opportunity to work directly with the M&S wine team to produce a bespoke wine from the grapes grown at Plumpton, which will then go on sale in store.

This year the team selected army veteran Chris Evoy for their wine scholarship, but with his fees already accounted for, the premium retailer agreed to support other students on their efforts to complete WSET and other professional qualifications while at Plumpton.

Chris Foss, manager of the Plumton Wine Division, said: “The BA (Hons) Wine Business programme incorporates full tuition for WSET level 3 and 4 (Diploma) awards, but does not include the WSET exam fees, which are really challenging for students on a restricted budget. Thanks to M&S, 27 of this year’s students will benefit from a 50% reduction in their exam fees. As Plumpton College is one of the largest approved progamme providers for the WSET in the UK, these will be held on site.”

Beth Kelly from M&S said: “Each year we are delighted to support the excellent education work that Plumpton carries out at all levels. As a major international retailer, we are dedicated to offering the highest quality wines and sharing the quality story with our consumers. Wine education serves a critical role in promoting and elevating our industry, and we are happy to support and encourage students with the opportunity to join the international wine trade.”