Harper Adams University

Harper Adams University is a leading specialist institution tackling the future development of the planet's agri-food production, processing, animal sciences, engineering, land management and sustainable business. Established in 1901, the university has been delivering vital agri-food education for more than a century. Harper Adams comprises part invention hub, part think tank, part industry, part 640 hectare farm.


In or close to the countryside


The university (including student accommodation, teaching, and leisure facilities) is located on one site

UCAS Code: H12

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Student Statistics

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 91%
  • Postgraduate 9%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 46%
  • Part Time 54%

Where students come from

  • UK 96%
  • EU 2%
  • Other 2%

Student gender

  • Male 48%
  • Female 52%

Undergraduate Open Days

Open days allow you to experience the university first hand, and help you decide if it's the right place for you​.

Student Services and Facilities

Libraries and Information Services

  • The Bamford Library is central to campus, with 43,000 books, a growing e-book collection, around 2,000 print and 44,000 e-journals, databases, and reading lists.

Student jobs

  • On campus there are opportunities to take a part-time job while studying, either at catering outlets, the farm or Students' Union bar.
  • In addition, becoming a student ambassador and representing Harper Adams is great experience, looks good on a CV and pays above the minimum wage.
  • The Careers Service advertises part-time vacancies as well as placement and graduate jobs; with Harper Adams sandwich degrees, students gain a full year of work experience before they graduate.

Careers advice

  • There are links with a broad range of employers. Employer visits and presentations are held on site, including sessions to advise students on selection criteria and testing.
  • The annual Careers and Placement Fairs are held in November with over 150 employers attending.
  • The careers website handles vacancies for current students and recent graduates.

Health services

  • Harper Adams has an on-site GP surgery; and the student services, working with the Students' Union, provide regular clinics and support for mental and sexual health.

Counselling and Mental Health Support

  • University counsellors are registered with the British Association of Counselling and Physiotherapy.
  • The counsellors are available in term time for private sessions or informal chats, and provide long-term support.
  • They also run workshops on assertiveness, meditation, resilient thinking, stress and anxiety management.

Disability support

  • Prior to arrival at the university students are invited to complete and return a learner support self assessment indicating if they have a disability. Students are also encouraged to contact the university prior to arrival to discuss their support needs.
  • Disability support includes an assessment of study needs carried out in the university.
  • Additional examination support includes extra time and any other support as recommended, such as use of note takers and sign language interpreters.

Other services and facilities

  • Specific course facilities include a 640 hectare farm with dedicated science facilities for research and teaching; and a government-funded Agri-Tech Innovation Hub for agricultural technology.

Students' Union

  • The Students' Union offers a wide variety of clubs and societies to join or support. The SU team is passionate about enhancing students' time at Harper and encourage new clubs and societies.
  • In the evening, entertainment is provided in the Students' Union bar or in the university pub, The Welly Inn.
  • The Students' Union usually hosts four balls throughout the year, with the summer ball being the largest. Midweek and weekend entertainment ranges from bar nights, comedy evenings and film nights.


  • Harper Adams was founded in 1901 following a private bequest from Thomas Harper Adams to establish a specialist institute for agriculture.
  • Since then, Harper Adams has adapted to meet food security and environmental needs through increasing courses, growing student numbers and qualification levels. 
  • In 2012, with a student population of more than 3,000, Harper Adams secured full university status and is well established in the ranks of UK higher education.

Fascinating Fact

  • Harper Adams University has the only zoology degree in the UK that allows you to specialise in entomology – studying insects, the little things that run the world.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Mark Aitchison – chief executive of Frontier Agriculture.
  • Helen Browning OBE – chief executive of the Soil Association.
  • Ken Greetham – chief executive of Wynnstay Group Plc.
  • Robin Faccenda – founder and chair of Faccenda Group (sponsor of the student services building).
  • Julian Sturdy – Conservative MP for York Outer.
  • John Mercer – director of NFU Wales.
  • Richard Anscombe – chief executive of AtlasFram.
  • Tom Tynan – appointed to the cabinet of the EU Agricultural Commissioner.
  • Justin McCarthy – editor of the Irish Farmers Journal.


Harper Adams University, Newport, Shropshire, TF10 8NB