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Frequently asked questions

When will I get my timetable?

Your timetable can be found within the 'documents' section of the course of which you will be studying, please click here and select your course.

When do I choose my modules?

Module forms need to be completed and returned via email (postgraduate@harper-adams.ac.uk) or post by 1 September 2017.

When do I enrol?

You will be sent your online enrolment instructions and password separately from 1 September 2017. You will have to enrol by 12 September 2017. NB During online enrolment you will be given the opportunity to upload your photo for your ID card. Please make sure this is accessible so we can print off your card prior to your arrival.

What about accommodation?

Full time students only

The Accommodation Office at Harper Adams is located within Student Services and we are here to support you and to provide advice about your accommodation needs. We appreciate that your requirements may be different to undergraduate students. The vast majority of postgraduate students live off campus in private rental accommodation or lodgings and there is no shortage of this in the area. Please bear in mind that the postgraduate accommodation available on campus is limited (and may not be available) but we will assist you in securing suitable accommodation.

The first phase of accommodation applications has now closed and for that reason you will be unable to submit an application online for on-campus accommodation at the moment. However, please contact us to register your interest in receiving information about postgraduate accommodation via accommodationoffice@harper-adams.ac.uk and we can then update you on accommodation options still available, prior to the formal clearing period.

Part time students only

Part-time students can arrange accommodation for when they will be on campus by contacting the Conference Office on 01952 815324 – this is available to book now. If there is no accommodation available they have an extensive list of local Bed and Breakfasts.

Will my personal belongings be safe?

You are strongly advised to arrange insurance cover for your personal belongings. Many insurance companies offer reasonably priced contents insurance for students.

The University accepts no responsibility whatsoever for loss or damage, by theft, fire or other cause, of personal property or money on campus.

How do I let you know about a change to my personal details?

As part of online enrolment, you will have checked and provided us with some of your personal details. If any of these have changed, you should notify the Postgraduate officer at postgraduate@harper-adams.ac.uk.

What clothing/equipment will I need to bring with me?

A list of charges, clothing and equipment needed for specific courses can be found on our website: Charges and Fees. Please refer to the accommodation kit list: Accomodation Checklist. For other things you need to consider if you are living on site. Please ensure that you have made the necessary arrangements to have everything you need in time for commencing the course.

Do I need to name tag all of my clothes?

Yes! With about 600 students living on campus our efficient laundry staff need to know exactly whose clothes belong to whom, just in case the odd sock or t-shirt goes astray during the washing and ironing process. Your washing will need to be sent to the Laundry in an appropriate laundry bag (cotton/linen and non-wired), which must also be clearly labelled with your name.

What ID do I need to bring?

It is essential that you provide photographic ID at enrolment - a passport is preferred. If you do not have a passport, please bring a drivers licence accompanied by a birth certificate. Please bring originals (you can take them away with you) AND A PHOTOCOPY. If you do not have the ID mentioned above, please contact the postgraduate office for advice.

Can I make use of the Lockers?

There are lockers available in the Postgraduate Centre for your use. Please see Heather if you wish to obtain one. There will be a charge if you lose the key - so don’t! Do not forget to return the key once you have emptied your locker at the end of the year.

Is there an electrician on site to PAT test my equipment?

No. You will need to arrange for your electrical items to be PAT tested (Portable Appliance Testing) before you arrive to ensure they comply with current safety regulations. This can be done by any registered electrician. Further details are in your accommodation information.

Do I need a TV licence if I have a TV in my room?

Yes. If you watch or record a TV programme live as it is being aired on TV, on any type of device, you must by law have a valid TV licence. Devices include TVs, laptops, tablets, PCs, mobile phones, games consoles, digital boxes and DVD recorders. You can find more information at: www.tvlicensing.co.uk/check-if-you-need-one/for-your-home/students-aud1/.

Where is the nearest cash machine?

There is a cash machine on campus in the Welly Inn. Please note that there is a charge for withdrawals on this machine. There are also a number of cash machines in Newport offering free withdrawals.

Is there a shop on campus?

The ‘Feed Store’ shop is located on the ground floor of the Faccenda Centre. The shop sells many essentials including toiletries, stationery and basic food items. The ‘Feed Store’ is open at the following times:

Monday - Friday 8.30am - 6.30pm
Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday 10am - 2pm
Are there any other shops near the campus?

Located at 27 High Street, Edgmond, Edgmond Village Stores is only 1.2 miles from the campus and is within walking distance. It is a local Spar and Post Office. The Post Office is open Monday – Friday 9:00 – 5:30pm and on Saturdays from 9:00 – 12:30pm.

Where is the nearest petrol station?
  Location Distance from university
Shell Lower Bar, Newport, TF10 7JA (Shop, Pay at Pump, Air) 2.2 Miles
Nix Forton Road, Newport, TF10 7JR 2.3 Miles
Where is the nearest supermarket?

There are three supermarkets in Newport:

Store Location Distance from univeristy
Waitrose Audley Road, Newport, TF10 7DS 3.1 miles
Aldi Audley Avenue, Newport, TF10 7BX 3.6 miles

There are several supermarkets in and around Telford:

Store Location Distance from univeristy
Aldi Wellington Road, Donnington Wood, Telford TF2 8AW 5.3 miles
Asda Donnington Wood, Telford, TF2 7RX 6.5 miles
Lidl Castle Street, Hadley, Telford, Shropshire, TF1 5GH 7.7 miles
Tesco Wrekin Retail Park, Arleston, Telford, TF1 2DE 9.7 miles
Sainsburys Forge Retail Park, Colliers Way, Old Park, Telford, TF3 4AG 10.9 miles
How can I get around if I don't have a car?

We run a free shuttle bus service during undergraduate term time between the campus and Newport, which runs at regular intervals in the mornings, at lunch time and at the end of the day. More information and a current timetable can be found here

Arriva buses run past the campus between Shrewsbury and Newport, with onward connections to Telford and Stafford. Timetables are available from Student Services in the Faccenda Centre.

The following shows approximate distances from the campus to the nearest major towns.

Town Miles by road Approximate driving time
Telford 12 20 Minutes
Stafford 16 30 Minutes
Shrewsbury 19 35 Minutes
Wolverhampton 23 35 Minutes
Birmingham 39 50 Minutes
Chester 44 1 Hour
Can I receive letters and parcels while I am in Halls?

Yes. Standard post i.e. bank statements, mobile bills etc. can be collected from behind the reception desk in the Faccenda Centre. Mail will be put in pigeon holes arranged by student surname, each morning ready for collection throughout the day. Please make sure you check your pigeon hole at least once a week.

Any items sent by Recorded or Special Delivery, or which are overtly personal (e.g. parcels, birthday cards, magazines, hospital letters and handwritten envelopes), will be held at the Faccenda Reception desk for collection, and you will be emailed to inform you that you have an item awaiting collection. You can collect your items from Faccenda Reception during term-time from 12.00pm to 2.00pm Monday-Friday. You will need to show your student ID card before your item will be issued.

Can I get a job while I am studying?

Yes, (unless you are an overseas student who needs to comply with visa regulations) you can work part-time but your hours must fit around your studies.

There are a number of part-time jobs available on campus; students can be recruited as Harper Ambassadors to host potential students and their guests at open days and other events, and there are positions on offer in the SU Bar and in the catering outlets.

Alternatively students can seek part-time employment in the local area where the opportunities may include positions at retail and catering outlets and at nearby farms.

Is there a charge for using the sports facilities on campus?

The following are free:

  • MUGA pitches (Basketball, Tennis, Football)
  • Heated outdoor swimming pool
  • Sports Hall
  • Rugby Pitches
  • Football Pitches
  • Cricket Pitch
  • Astro-turf pitch

There is a small fee for:

  • Floodlit MUGAs
  • Gym
  • Squash Courts

The Student Union does also have sports equipment students can borrow free of charge.

Do you have any information about clubs and societies?

Harper Adams University is proud to host over 20 Clubs, Societies and Common interest groups with a diverse mix of members from all courses and backgrounds. From celebrated and highly successful sports clubs such Rugby, Hockey and Shooting to smaller student led initiatives such as Ballet and Modern Dance and Taekwon-Do. Harper also recognises that not all of our students are necessarily looking for sports to pursue in their spare time, so groups like the Video Gaming Society, HOPS (Harper Outdoor Pursuits Society) as well as regional groups such as Harper Ireland and Harper Cymru remain popular, with organised activities and trips on a regular basis.

More information about sports facilities and other things on offer from the Student Services Support Officer for Sports, Societies & Participation at Induction. Please also see our website at www.harper-adams.ac.uk/university-life/su/social-life.cfm for more information.

I enjoy sports; can I pursue my interests locally?

As well as the clubs and facilities offered on campus, Newport boasts facilities which include a tennis club, cycling club, rugby club, running club, swimming baths, climbing centre, local fitness/gyms. Lilleshall National Sports and Conferencing Centre is world famous as a premier sporting venue and located less than 4 miles from the campus.

Can I bring my pet?

No. No pets are allowed on campus.

Can I bring my horse?

Yes. There is livery available at several locations nearby including a small family-run yard five minutes from campus, with all-year-round grazing and stabling offering DIY and part-livery options. For further details about this, and for information about other local yards, email gparkes@harper-adams.ac.uk.

What does the local town have to offer?

For useful information about Newport town, visit the All About Newport website here

Are there any other costs I may incur?

Students on the MSc and PgD REALM course are encouraged to join the RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors). Student membership is free and can be obtained by registering on the RICS website.

Full membership of the RICS (designated by MRICS) is achieved by successful completion of the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC). Part time postgraduate students may also register for the APC from the start of their studies, provided they are in suitable employment and have a bachelor’s degree with honours.

The fee for registration and certificate checks is a one-off payment of £502 payable (2016 rate) at any time before final assessment. In addition, students who wish to work through the APC while also studying part-time will have to become probationer RICS members for which the annual subscription is £152 (2016 rate). This is an annual fee based on the calendar year. For enrolments on or after 1 October the fee is credited against the next calendar year. In practice these fees are often paid by employers. The RICS also offers an Associate route to membership (AssocRICS) and Experience Route, for which different arrangements apply. These prices are correct in August 2016 and are reviewed annually. The latest information is always available from the RICS.

There have, in the past been study tours with overnight stays with a charge for accommodation on TPG land management modules. Details have not been finalised but for further information please contact Carrie de Silva

Can I bring my gun onto campus?

Please refer to the gun storage application form for information about bringing your gun onto campus, for any further queries please contact Andy Jefferies

 

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