From her very first taste of life at university on the Harper Adams Residential Experience and Open Days, Sally Tyler was convinced that our BSc (Hons) Agriculture course was the one for her.
She’s now proved her hunch right and finished her university career in top form - by achieving a First-Class Honours result.
“I have really enjoyed my course, mainly due to its variation - as it covers all aspects of agriculture, including animals, crops and business. After working so hard over the four years it makes all the studying worth it, and it is something that I can be proud of forever,” says Sally.
The 23-year-old, who grew up on a family-run dairy farm in Moddershall, Staffordshire chose to study at Harper Adams due to a combination of the course, its placement year, and the university’s proximity to home, which meant that she could continue working on the family farm.
“I wanted to gain knowledge in all aspects of agriculture, rather than specific areas such as crops or animals. The placement year also appealed to me, as I knew it would break up the study period as well as provide me with invaluable workplace experience that would increase my employability.”
Over her four years at Harper Adams, Sally has been successful both in and out of her studies.
“In my second year, I was awarded the Rabobank Scholarship which covered two years of my tuition fees, and a 12-month placement with Genus Breeding Ltd. I also won the Alltech prize for my performance in my final year module – on Sustainable Animal Production Systems.
“Being selected as the first team captain for Ladies’ Hockey during my second year was probably one of my biggest university achievements.
“I loved being a member of the hockey club - as well as the training and matches, every Wednesday night would consist of a themed social for the entire club, allowing all years to interact and have fun.”
Sally will now use the summer break to help out on the farm but will be returning full-time to Genus Breeding Ltd in September, having secured a position on their ‘Future Leaders’ graduate programme - where she will experience all aspects of the business, comprising of three six-month rotations for the first 18 months.
“When it comes to university, study hard, but also enjoy the social side of things too as you will undoubtedly make some of your best life friends through the experience,” says Sally.
For what could be your very first taste of life at university, register for our Open Day on Saturday, 9 of October here.