Staff Directory - Terry Pickthall | Harper Adams University

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Terry Pickthall MEng

Lecturer & Placement Manager - Agriculture

Teaching Duties

I am responsible for managing the 12 month industrial placement undertaken by all our Agriculture students who are studying for BSc and FdSc degrees.

I have taught a variety of subjects in the Engineering Department during the 2009/2010 and 2010/11 academic years as a visiting lecturer, covering the first year materials and manufacture, second year manufacturing systems and final year control systems and mechatronics modules.

Since Autumn 2011 I have been focusing on placement acitivites with a current cohort of 200 students to place in the UK Agricultural sector. I undertake teaching activities in support of placement preparation along with first year Personal Development and Introduction to Research Methods for FdSc Agriculture students. I also supervise final year project students, specialising in agricultural mechanisation and the impact of precision farming in the UK.

Research Interests

  • Recruitment techniques used for graduates and placement students
  • Preparation of undergraduate students for placement
  • Managing student expectations and welfare whilst on placement
  • Materials science in agriculture
  • Precision farming
  • Knowledge transfer, technical authoring and open-access publishing

Professional Memberships

Fellow of the Higher Education Institute since 2012.

Academic Department: Crop and Environment Sciences

Tel: +44 (0)1952 815481 / 07896 531 429

Twitter: @Tez_Pickthall

Office: AC19 Aspire Centre


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Additional Information

I am a professional Engineer by discipline, graduating with a Masters in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Sheffield in 1998.

Prior to working at the HAU, I spent ten years working in Industry, mostly in automotive quality and project management, but also in commercial energy sales and industrial market research. I spent five years at Bentley Motors Limited in Crewe, which included managing the quality of the Continental Flying Spur limousine project from concept to production.

I joined the the NRKE in January 2009 to develop my skills as a technical author. In September 2009 I also became a visiting lecturer in Engineering. In June 2010 I joined the Crops Department to take on the role of Placement Manager for all Agriculture and routes courses. I have always been interested in placement management and work-based learning ever since undertaking a five month industrial placement as part of my own degree. Although my teaching activities are now primarily focused on Agriculture students, I continue to work with the Engineering Department on both teaching and research opportunties where possible. 

Other Roles

Between January 2009 and June 2010 I was based in the Harper-based National Rural Knowledge Exchange reach-out project, working on the management of our well established National Rural networking directory and the development of OpenFields, our new online library for the landbased sector.

In addition to the project-oriented tasks I also worked with the Harper Adams Engineering Department to produce informative technical notes and case studies for publication in Openfields. The notes I have produced so far cover topics as diverse as the impact of brand in the UK tractor market, tractive efficiency measurement in off road vehicles and the use of oil seed rape straw as a biofuel.


You can contact Terry Pickthall if you would like to discuss any of the following course modules:



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