Harper Adams University
- Undergraduate Students
- Postgraduate Students
- International Students
- 4.23 / 5.00
- 2.66 / 4.00
- 0.23 / 1.00
- 72.5 / 100.0
- 61.4 / 100.0
- 86.7 / 100.0
Since it was founded in 1901, Harper Adams has been focussed on meeting the challenges involved in managing the planet's resources – caring for the land, securing global food supplies, ensuring animal welfare, nurturing sustainable businesses and engineering associated new technologies. Recent additions to degree subjects include automotive engineering, zoology, geography and agri-business. Harper Adams is a single campus university in the stunning Shropshire countryside, yet only a 1-hour journey from Birmingham and Manchester.
- The university accepts A levels, BTECs, City & Guilds diplomas, Scottish Highers, the Irish Leaving Certificate, the Welsh Baccalaureate, and the International Baccalaureate. Some courses require work experience, or for students to undertake extra experience whilst studying.
- In general, the university does not prescribe particular A level subjects as a condition of entry; however, in some areas, specific knowledge of a subject is required and this will form part of any offer conditions. UCAS Tariff points required from 2017 onwards range from 72–144 for BSc and MEng programmes.
- Mature candidates without formal academic qualifications may be admitted provided that, in the opinion of the admissions tutor, they can benefit from the course and have the ability to attain the necessary standard for success.
- For the Extended Foundation Degree Programme, applicants should normally possess 9 GCSEs at grade C or above, including maths, English Language and science.
- Please refer to the university website for details.
- Courses are studied in modules. Each course will have a mix of core subjects and options.
- First year students have about 16 hours of formal teaching; with lectures in the classroom, tutorials, out on the farm, on field trips and in the laboratories. Students are taught by experienced staff, supported by guest lecturers from industry and the university's technicians. They will be expected to study independently for another 24 hours weekly.
- The high quality of teaching, learning resources, and personal and career development opportunities offered at Harper Adams University led to it achieving a UK top 10 (92%) score for student satisfaction in the 2016 National Student Survey.
- Some course have a common first year with the chance to specialise in subsequent years.
- All undergraduate programmes include a compulsory work placement year, which can be completed in the UK or overseas.
- There are also opportunities to study overseas, usually for 6 months, most commonly in the USA, but an increasing number of partnerships are being formed with universities across the globe.
Student Services and Facilities
- University Farm: not many universities have their own commercial farm on campus. Harper Adams students are able to learn 'in the field' on the 550 hectare university farm, with arable, beef, sheep, pig, poultry and dairy enterprises.
- Bamford Library has 43,000 books in stock, a growing e-book collection, around 2,000 print and 44,000 e-journals, databases and easily accessible reading lists for courses. Sessions are run on improving study skills.
- The Student Centre provides a one-stop shop for all the support students need, from accommodation and learner support to help from the counselling, careers and placement teams. It is also home to the Students’ Union, Student Services, Graze café and the Feed Store shop.
- Science facilities have had significant investment, with 16 well-equipped laboratories supporting teaching and research in applied biology, anatomy and physiology, microbiology, nutrition, crop protection, soils and molecular biology.
- IT facilities include free Wi-Fi across campus and open access workstations available 24/7. A virtual learning environment, The Learning Hub, gives students access to online learning materials and activities, including the library catalogue and online journals.
- The Learner Support Co-ordinator arranges support for learners with disabilities. Prior to arrival at the university students are invited to complete and return a Learner Support Self Assessment indicating if they have a disability. They are also encouraged to contact the university prior to arrival to discuss their support needs and application for the Disabled Students' Allowance (if appropriate), which wil be discussed when they start at the university.
- Disability support includes an Assessment of Study Needs carried out in the university (through the University of Derby Access Centre). Additional examination support includes extra time and any other support recommended in the Assessment of Study Needs or other appropriate evidence.
- Other support can include, for example, note takers and sign language interpreters.
- The campus might be in a rural location, but the SU ensures there is never a dull moment with a vast range of clubs and societies, weekly themed club nights, event weekends and 4 balls a year, including the 12-hour summer ball
- The entertainment programme regularly features big names – all the Radio 1 DJs love playing at Harper – and the university has even hosted a surprise visit from Ed Sheeran.
- Fresh ideas, sponsorship and investment are helping the SU to broaden its remit and deliver better services, from a stronger focus on equality and diversity to the opening of a new, and hugely popular, merchandise shop called Thomas & Royal.
Availability of Part-Time Work
- 30–40% of students have part-time work in term time, and around 90% of students work outside term-time.
- There are a good availability of jobs on campus in catering outlets and bar work, plus the opportunity to work as a student ambassador.
- Various job opportunities in local area.
- The Careers Service provides guidance to all students both on and off site.
- There are links with a large and wide range of employers with employment prospects, and employer presentations and visits 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 150+ employers attending.
- Vacancy handling careers website for current and recent graduates.
- Harper Adams is rated highly for industry contacts and graduate employment – current employment rate is 99.4% (Destination of Leavers from HE Survey 2016).
5,576 students in 2015–16:
Level of study
- Undergraduate 89%
- Postgraduate 11%
Mode of study
- Full Time 44%
- Part Time 56%
Where students come from
- UK 96%
- EU 2%
- Other 2%
- Male 51%
- Female 49%
- Harper Adams was founded following a private bequest in 1901 and started with just 6 agriculture students.
- As student numbers and levels of education rose, Harper came to the forefront of specialist agricultural education.
- With full taught and research degree awarding powers and an undergraduate student population of more than 2,500, Harper Adams secured full university status in 2012 and has continued to rise up the ranks of UK higher education.
- Mark Aitchison – CEO Frontier Agriculture.
- Heather Jenkins – Director of Buying, Waitrose.
- Helen Browning – CEO Soil Association.
- Ken Greetham – Chief Executive, Wynnstay Group Plc.
- Robin Faccenda – Faccenda Poultry (sponsor of student services building).
- Julian Sturdy – Conservative MP for York Outer.
- John Mercer – Director of NFU Wales.
- Richard Anscombe – CEO AtlasFram.
- Tom Tynan – Member of the Cabinet of the EU Commissioner for Agriculture.
- Justin McCarthy – Editor of the Irish Farmers Journal.
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