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    Posted 24 January 2002

    THE UK'S LARGEST centre for degrees in agriculture, land and food-related studies has announced a range of new awards to help beleaguered students with their studies.

    Harper Adams University College, Shropshire, has set aside approximately £100,000 for Entrance Awards, Bursaries and Hardship Funds.

    "After all the terrible difficulties that have beset our friends in Northern Ireland, and elsewhere, it is right that we take positive action to enable our young people to grasp Higher Education and the opportunities it can bring," explains Harper Adams Principal, Professor Wynne Jones.

    "As a consequence, Harper Adams plans to offer about £60,000 in the form of bursaries to help students with financial difficulties at home. A further £40,000 will be made available, through Open Scholarships, to students who can offer academic, work-related or sporting skills and who, in so doing, can make a distinctive contribution to University College life."

    Caption: Sport is just one of the ways in which to make a distinctive contribution to college life and become eligible for an Entrance Award.

    Professor Jones goes on to explain the thinking behind the scheme: "After all, it is right that the most successful institution in our sector should stand behind young people at this time and enable them to achieve success."

    A range of new scholarships offered exclusively to students from Northern Ireland further enhances the good news for students. Pension and Financial Consultants Ltd have generously agreed to offer three Entrance Scholarships, each to the value of £500, for new students entering Harper Adams in September 2002.

    The company will select the scholarship winners from all students from Northern Ireland who have secured HND or degree places on any of Harper Adams' world-renowned courses.

    In addition, Harper Adams in Ireland, which is a highly active and prominent association for former students living in the island of Ireland, has agreed to assist one new student from Northern Ireland to the sum of £500.

    Further information on all these awards is available in two separate leaflets. Scholarships information is contained in the leaflet 'Entrance Awards at Harper Adams' while the other leaflet is titled 'Bursaries and Hardship Funds.'

    Both leaflets are available from Harper Adams University College, Newport, Shropshire, TF10 8NB. For further information or advice, please contact Mr Richard Jopling on 01 952 815 000 or log on to the Harper Adams web-site at:

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