Today marks the first Land and Property Management experience day of 2020, seeing Harper Adams open its campus to prospective students with an interest in land, estate and property. The event was held for 14 to19 years olds for them to get a flavour of how we teach people to care for land and the best ways to practise surveying.
The day began with an overall course talk, explaining the avenues that can be taken including BSc Environmental Land Management, BSc Real Estate, BSc Rural Enterprise and Land Management, and BSc Rural Property Management. As these courses are accredited by the Royal Institition of Chartered Surveyors, the degree is constantly updated with the latest knowledge from the field, meaning students have the best theoretical and practical knowledge.
With the idea of practical knowledge in mind, the guests were invited to try their hand at several different activities. These included tasks around commerical valuations, pipelines, estate management, and agricultural valuations where everyone was invited to get involved and learn a new set of skills. You can see photographs from the activities below.
Following this and a well deserved break, the prospective students took to three different estates in the local area: Sundorne Castle, the Albrighton Estate at Battlefield 1403, and Sansaw Estate. Led by academics from the Land, Farm and Agribusiness Management course area, visitors were given the opportunity to understand the differences between land areas and the different ways they would be managed. With plenty of opportunities to ask questions, the visits put into action some of the skills developed earlier in the day, adding a practical element to the theory.
Speaking of the importance of the event Susan Ragbourne, Associate Head of Department for Land Management, said: "It's giving students an idea of what the vocational career is going to be like; it's a taste of the demands of the profession and what kind of activities you have to do, placing them in the head space of a surveyor.
"Many students aren't aware of the breadth of the careers available in this profession so it's a great opportunity to understand just that bit more about land management.
"We hope to see the visitors today return as students in the future!"
Should you be interested in attending one of our Land and Property Management experience days, you can register to attend to our next experience days on 19 February and 25 March. For a wider overview of our courses on offer, please click here.