Welcome to Harper Adams

I joined Harper Adams University in 1998. In 2009 I took on the role of Principal and in December 2012 I became the University's Vice Chancellor. It is a tremendous privilege to serve in this capacity because this institution has such a special place in the life of the countryside and in the world of higher education. Not only are we unique in our subject base, and in the range of research and knowledge transfer work that we undertake, but we also perform extraordinarily well against many larger universities whilst retaining a collegiate approach to our activities.

I firmly believe that this is the product of our excellent and committed academic staff, who care deeply about the learning and teaching afforded to our students, conduct innovative research with high impact upon agricultural and rural practice and provide a wide range of support to the business sectors with which we are engaged. In addition, our administrative, technical and many other groups of staff consistently deliver high quality services and facilities which support our academic work.

The friendly and caring environment we provide for our students is reflected in many ways, perhaps most particularly in the strength of the student community and in way in which students contribute to the development of the University. We have achieved, and work hard to maintain, the highest educational standards, and are widely recognised for the quality of our provision.

In 2015, Harper Adams University was the runner-up University of the Year at the WhatUni Student Choice Awards. The university also won the award for student support and was in the top three institutions in a further five award categories. Harper Adams was the second highest climber in the Complete University Guide 2016 league table and consistently achieves a graduate employment rate above 96 per cent, giving us the most consistent track record in specialist agri-food provision. In 2014, Harper Adams was voted the fourth most welcoming university in the UK in the Youthsight High Expectations survey and won the CUBO Innovation Award for Excellence in Student Experience.

Since its foundation in 1901, Harper Adams has had a long and proud tradition of working closely with the rural sector and we will continue to do so, to add relevance to our teaching and research and to act as a focal point for transferring research into practice. We have been undertaking an ambitious investment programme to provide the best possible facilities for our learning and teaching and research activities, and will continue to make strategic investments in new staff to ensure that our academic community remains at the forefront of our specialist subject base.

Some of the most pressing global concerns involve the future provision of food, the impact of climate change and the management of rural land and environments. We believe that we make a vital contribution by producing graduates with the capacity to address these issues, helping develop those already in work who need to acquire new skills and by creating knowledge that will help the rural sector, its businesses and its communities to flourish.

We hope you find the pages of our website interesting and informative. If they encourage you to find out more about us then please get in touch. Or, better still, visit our wonderful campus in the Shropshire countryside so that you can experience Harper Adams at first hand. We look forward to welcoming you.

Dr David Llewellyn
Vice Chancellor

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