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New courses launched as Harper Adams rises to meet future challenges

Posted 4 October

“Our courses have been refreshed to enable students to meet the challenges of an ever-changing world. We have worked with industry, schools, current and past students, and our own research teams to make sure that all our programmes are inspiring, forward looking, and linked to the needs of employers."

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Students applying to start at Harper Adams in 2023 will have access to 10 new-look courses that have been refreshed to ensure the University can deliver the graduates our nation needs in food innovation, business management and mechanical engineering.

Employers from across the agri-food and broader sectors are increasingly looking to Harper Adams to source future talent with the right business skills, knowledge and mindset to help them succeed. In response to this demand, the University is excited to offer three new, distinct business programmes.

Business Management will shape graduates who can excel in any business. Agribusiness Management will guide those who wish to work in the agricultural industries but are seeking an education to help them drive forward their business ideas. And Food Business Management will nurture talent from bespoke artisan production through to global retail.

For those who want to focus fully on food, Food Science and Innovation cover a broad range of ‘food’ themes including consumer needs, nutrition, food production, new product development, supply-chains to marketing approaches, research, and development, and issues of sustainability in food. Graduates will be equipped with the necessary practical, theoretical, and technical skills to help address current and future global food challenges.

Rebecca Payne, Head of the Food Land and Agribusiness Management department said: “The Food and Agribusiness academics within the university have worked hard to develop their degree routes to weave in the challenges of the global sustainability agenda.  When our graduates leave us they’re “match fit” and ready to meet these dynamic and changing needs on behalf of their future employers.”

The University’s six engineering routes have been fully refreshed to recognise the changing technologies, techniques, and challenges of the future. The new programmes have been developed with industry experts to make sure they are forward looking and innovative. Mechanical Engineering, Automotive Engineering and Agricultural Engineering are all available as either a four-year BEng or five-year MEng (integrated Masters), with the latter aiming to set candidates on the path to become Chartered Engineers.

Parmjit Chima, Head of the Engineering department said: “We are very excited to launch a suite of new innovative programmes to teach applied engineering that ensure our graduates meet the exacting requirements of being a global engineer providing state-of-the-art solutions to national and global challenges.”   

And Professor Lydia Arnold, Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Learning, Teaching and Digital Education), added: “Our courses have been refreshed to enable students to meet the challenges of an ever-changing world. We have worked with industry, schools, current and past students, and our own research teams to make sure that all our programmes are inspiring, forward looking, and linked to the needs of employers.

“As well as specialist knowledge and skills, all our courses have a common thread to ensure that our graduates develop broad skills to last a lifetime. All our new courses provide practical opportunities, a focus on digital skills, guidance for personal growth and development, insights into global perspectives, and the development of research and information skills. Course content has also designed with consideration of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, reflecting our shared commitment to the global challenges of sustainability, climate change and Net Zero.”

Anyone wanting find out more about these courses – and the wide range of others offered by Harper Adams – can visit the University’s next Open Day on Saturday, October 8. Find out more and book at harper-adams.ac.uk/events

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