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Harper Adams shortlisted for University of the Year title

Posted 4 September 2014

“To learn that we have also been shortlisted in the top category of ‘University of the Year’ is, however, the icing on the cake, and recognition that our staff and students have created a university community that is considered, by our peers, to be amongst the best in the UK.”

Harper Adams University is in the running to be crowned the UK’s University of the Year.

The Shropshire university has been short-listed in the 10th annual Times Higher Education Awards, in recognition of its work during the 2012-13 academic year, during which Harper Adams secured university title, recruited its highest ever undergraduate intake, took research student numbers to a record high, and saw 100 per cent growth in research income.

Flagship developments during the year included the £2.93 million Agricultural Engineering Innovation Centre, the £2.8 million Weston teaching building, the introduction of a pig industry scholarships programme and the establishment of collaborations with universities across China and in Japan, New Zealand and the USA.  

Harper Adams is also a finalist in the Outstanding Contribution to Innovation and Technology category of Awards, in recognition of its work to drive innovation in advanced agricultural engineering.

Harper Adams University Vice Chancellor Dr David Llewellyn said: “I am thrilled that the hard work of our engineers has been rewarded with a shortlisting in the ‘Innovation and Technology’ award category.  Their contribution to the engineering and agri-technology sectors is growing apace, and they are playing a vital national role in education and research in this field.

“To learn that we have also been shortlisted in the top category of ‘University of the Year’ is, however, the icing on the cake, and recognition that our staff and students have created a university community that is considered, by our peers, to be amongst the best in the UK.”

Hundreds of nominations for outstanding institutions, departments and individuals were submitted across 18 categories covering the full range of university activity - showcasing the pioneering spirit, adaptability and sheer quality of the UK higher education sector.

John Gill, THE editor, said: "This celebration marks the tenth anniversary of the Times Higher Education Awards, 10 years in which higher education has undergone huge changes but has always risen to the challenges it has faced. Our universities and colleges are among the nation's most respected institutions, both at home and internationally, and it's THE's great privilege to have played a part in celebrating their achievements over the past decade."

The full shortlist for all 18 categories is published in today's issue of Times Higher Education, and is also available on the awards website

The winners will be announced on Thursday 27 November 2014 at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London. More than 1,000 guests are expected to attend, including politicians, senior sector figures, and academic and university staff from all corners of the UK.

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