Harper Ireland Club

I've made some of my best friends within the Harper Ireland club and our nights out have all been legendary. It's quite daunting moving to a new country to study, but everyone in the club really looks out for each other and the older years really help you settle in.Without a doubt, you will have the best craic!

Christine Caven
Downpatrick, Co. Down

The Harper Ireland committee

We are probably one of the most popular and active societies at Harper. We currently have over 170 members. Our aim is to engage with Irish students long before their first day at the University, to give them a feel for the excellent spirit among Irish students at Harper. Our members find that our club is most valuable for the way it helps Irish students to get used to living so far from home by organising trips and activities at weekends. As well as providing this service, being a member of Harper Ireland creates a fantastic social group where you make life-long friends and have great fun.

Louis McAuley
Vice President

Harper Ireland is the student body for all prospective and existing students from Ireland at Harper Adams University.

The aim of the club firstly is to provide a link to prospective students with the committee, which is also run by students. We enable you to attain a greater in-depth knowledge and awareness of student life on this side of the water by contacting us direct by phone, e-mail, or fax. We will put at ease any doubts or reservations you may have about continuing with 3rd level education at Harper Adams University.

The Committee

A Brief Overview of Harper Ireland, its aims, functions and what the club can do for you the student

Since Harper Ireland's foundation in 1994 it has gone from strength to strength. At the first meeting since its initiation, almost 20 new members were signed up who ranged from first year to fourth year. Through the clubs transition over time and the successful dedication committed by every committee previous, this figure soon increased to an average signing of 45 new first year members alone. The club now boasts up to 170 members and confidently growing. This equates up to one tenth of Harper Adams full-time student body, which in turn creates a strong enthusiastic presence on all sporting sides, from hockey, to rugby, to Gaelic football, soccer and many more besides.

The aim of the club firstly is to provide a link to prospective students with the committee, which is also run by students (see committee and contact details). We enable you to attain a greater in-depth knowledge and awareness of student life on this side of the water by contacting us direct by phone, e-mail (harperireland@hotmail.com), or fax. We will put at ease any doubts or reservations you may have about continuing with 3rd level education at Harper Adams University.

When you arrive (why wouldn't you, it is the best and most enjoyable University to study at in GB) a member of the committee and the Vice-President will be there to welcome you, ensure that you settle in as well as possible, although some of you would not take much encouragement. There is also the opportunity to meet the Vice-Chancellor (the President), David Llewellyn, for the first time.

However, at club night when you register as a member and also at the Annual General Meeting we inform you of the benefits when joining such a prestigious club. The club in conjunction in Harper Adams in Ireland(post-graduates club) and their strong links with the industry allows for provision of several reputable awards such as the Thompsons Fellowship award, for the best 'all-round student' and many more(see awards section on home page). Currently, the present committee is setting up a Dyslexia Fund to help with the success of their studies, which will be accessible by September 2002. It will make appropriate computers and software available for such students who are unable to afford such cost.

For the more mature students, second year plus full-time job vacancies, industrial placement opportunities and also summer work advertisements are passed through the Harper Ireland notice board and then via the media in circulation. Therefore allowing Harper Ireland members the first opportunity to apply, this is a reoccurring situation due to the quality of graduates from Harper Adams and the ever-increasing demand for them in the workplace.

Finally, on par with the Student Union executive committee we supply a social life unmatchable by no other institution of its kind. Typical outings include trips to Alton Towers theme park for a mere £5/member compared to £24-50 if going on own. We have a social evening in a local pub-restaurant to welcome the first years on a more personal note and also a going away party for the final years usually in May. In between are frequent trips to nite-clubs and an annual trip to the Saw Doctors in early December. On the occasional Wednesday afternoons we arrange factory tours when assignments allow us free time, the most recent being to JCB in Rochester(see Trips and Events). For the first time in its history the current committee are planning a trip to Brussels to see observe the meetings held in the European Parliament and perhaps even meet Franz Fischler!! Included in this tour will be the opportunity to see and tour around the New Holland European Head Quarters.

To top it all off, is the 'Paddy's Ball held in March of every year. This is arranged by us the committee and you the members. A typical budget equates to an average of £10,000 with total receipts fetching between £13,000 and £15,000, thus profit gained is used to run the club. This is the biggest night and weekend of the year where over 2000 students from far and near attend the ball.

Finally, every February, we arrange our highly commended dinner for as many as 200 guests including students. This is also an opportunity to celebrate the successes of our members achievements throughout the year. The guest speaker is from the industry within Ireland, such speakers in the past were Mr. Gerard Keenan (Keenan Diet Feeders), Mr. Douglas Rowe(UFU President) and most recently Mr. T.J. Maher(Macra na Feirme/Irish young Farmers). Those in attendance are the Vice-Chancellor and representatives of the Board of Governors, past pupils and many of their colleagues and peers. It has always being a most 'memorable' night if that is the most appropriate description to describe its success.

Hence, no matter where you are from and whatever college you intend to study at, give Harper Adams a go and guaranteed you will not turn back. Do not hesitate, now is the time to apply and we will be here for you, now is the time to put pen-to-paper.