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    Chancellor, HRH The Princess Royal, to open Dairy Crest Innovation Centre

    Posted 10 March 2016

    The Chancellor at her last University engagement in the autumn.

    Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, Chancellor, Harper Adams University, will officially open the Dairy Crest Innovation Centre at the Harper Adams University Campus, Newport, Shropshire on April 25.

    The Chancellor will meet the Chairman of Dairy Crest, Mr Stephen Alexander and Chief Executive, Mr Mark Allen, who will accompany her throughout the visit.

    During the visit, Her Royal Highness will take a tour of the facility and meet Dairy Crest staff, students from Harper Adams and people who worked on the building project. Throughout her visit she will also be accompanied by Dr David Llewellyn, Vice-Chancellor of Harper Adams University.

    The Princess will have the opportunity to meet students from Harper Adams who are spending their placement year in industry working for Dairy Crest. There will also be an opportunity for Her Royal Highness to hear more about the unique knowledge sharing partnership between Dairy Crest and Harper Adams University.

    Before leaving, Her Royal Highness will unveil a plaque to commemorate her visit.

    Mr Allen said, “I am delighted we will be welcoming Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal, to open our new Innovation Centre. We are particularly proud that the building, where our Research and Development and Technical teams are based, is built on the campus of Harper Adams University. The University, of which Her Royal Highness is Chancellor, is well known and respected for its leading role in food, farming and science education.

    “Her Royal Highness will hear about the truly unique partnership which Dairy Crest has entered into with Harper Adams. This partnership is built on regular interaction between our staff and Harper Adams staff and students, giving us a link into leading research within the agriculture and food sectors. Dairy Crest will further support the University curriculum by providing student placements, staff secondments and guest speakers.” 

    Dr Llewellyn added: “Our collaboration with Dairy Crest is already proving beneficial to the Company and the University, so it is particularly pleasing that our Chancellor will be able to see some of our joint activities and hear about our plans for the future.  We look forward to welcoming Her Royal Highness back to Shropshire in April.”


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