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Harper Adams University secures leading position in Knowledge Exchange Framework ratings

Posted 31 March

“These figures demonstrate that both our research partnerships, and our work with business, are among the best in all English universities."

Harper Adams University’s main building, a red brick building with a neatly manicured lawn and a blue sky behind.

Harper Adams University has been named a leading institution for both research partnerships and work with business in new figures from Research England’s Knowledge Exchange Framework.

The University was placed in the STEM cluster – which includes specialised institutions which cover science, technology, engineering and mathematics -  for the new KEF rankings, released today.

The measurements look at universities across a range of metrics both within their cluster and across the UK – and demonstrate the extensive achievements of Harper Adams in building relationships with both research partners and industry.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Harper Adams University, Professor Michael Lee, said: “These figures demonstrate that both our research partnerships, and our work with business, are among the best in all English universities.

“That is a testament to the delivery science approach undertaken by our students and staff.

“We have secured strong placings among our cluster too – something which is particularly pleasing, as Research England notes these are specialist institutions covering STEM subjects, and ones which often carry out ‘high amounts of excellent research.’

“Our research centres look at the vital issues which affect agriculture today – and ahead, to the issues which our food and farming industries will face in the future.

“Working with industry bodies and research partners internationally, that research is shaping practice, policy and thinking not just nationally – but globally.”

Among the research partnerships which the University undertakes are those on its Hands-Free Hectare; at the Crop Environment and Research Centre, and through a range of direct links with industry.

Business Development Manager, Clare Keegan, added: “It is great to see our work with business recognised in today’s KEF figures, and to see Harper Adams secure a top 10 per cent rating for that work.

“Industry engagement is at the heart of what we do at the University, and creates opportunities for innovation, entrepreneurship, research, student projects, apprenticeships and knowledge transfer.

“The diverse range of ways we interact with business, working closely with UK wide special interest groups and clusters, help to secure employability for our students, development for our staff and innovation in our practice – and provide our industry partners with academic, cross-discipline expertise.

“That includes collaborative and contract work in our research centres, our year-long placement opportunities - with more than 500 businesses harnessing our students’ skills, and our growing numbers of Degree Apprenticeships.”

The University has also been named in the top twenty per cent of institutions in the UK for work in local growth and regeneration and is performing above average among similar institutions on measurements relating to skills, enterprise and entrepreneurship and public and community engagement.

Efforts in local growth and regeneration see Harper Adams working alongside the Marches LEP, for which University Secretary Dr Catherine Baxter is a board member and higher education champion, and on the Newport Innovation and Enterprise Package (Ni-Park) – which is set to have national impact as a result of its links to the University.

To see the full tables for Harper Adams from the Knowledge Exchange Framework results, click here and select the University from the dropdown menu.

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