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    Posted 6 June 2002

    THE ROYAL Highland Show is back in 2002 and for the fifth successive show, Harper Adams University College will support the event to illustrate the courses and opportunities available within the land and food-based industries.

    Based in Shropshire, Harper Adams is the UK's largest specialist institution of Higher Education for the land and food based industries - as visitors to the Royal Highland Show stand, number 499 on Avenue O, will see.

    Members of the staff and current Harper Adams students will be on hand to discuss the courses on offer. These include HND's, Foundation Degrees, Honours Degrees and Postgraduate qualifications in a range of subjects that now includes Applied Biology, Veterinary Nursing and Practice Management, Information Technology for Business Management, Rural Leisure and Tourism and Business Management.

    All full-time courses at Harper Adams are sandwich courses, including commercial placement to provide graduates with vital work experience and an invaluable contact with industry. It’s a formula that works and Harper Adams has built up an international reputation for the quality of its courses, graduates and research work.

    Harper Adams is also keen to give students an often much-needed financial boost. The University College continues to offer its highly successful range of Entrance Awards - two of which have gone to Scottish students so far this year.

    Katie Duffy, from Dunfermline, and Katherine Lauder, of Greenlaw, Berwickshire, will both receive Open Scholarship awards when they begin their BSc (Hons) Rural Enterprise And Land Management (REALM) degree course later this year.

    Miss Duffy received her award on the basis of the extensive work experience she had undertaken, while Miss Lauder received her award for the many ways in which she plans to contribute to the Students' Union and to university life.

    There is a range of entrance awards available, each with different application criteria and worth anything from a few hundred pounds to a few thousand pounds. Staff on the Harper Adams stand at the Royal Highland Show will be happy to discuss the opportunities and hand out leaflets containing further information.

    Visitors to the stand will also be able to sign up for a trip to Harper Adams in July, to take part in the National Sixth Form Conference - a two-day event for students who are interested in Higher Education courses leading to a career in the countryside.

    Leading advisers from industry and university and college representatives from across the UK will attend on July 8 & 9 to give advice to sixth formers and introduce them to university life. The conference is this year supported by Farmers Weekly, the National Federation of Young Farmers Clubs, LANTRA, the Royal Agricultural Society of England, Tesco and JCB.

    To find out more about Harper Adams or about any of the University College's initiatives, visit Stand 499 on Avenue O during the Royal Highland Show, June 20 to June 23, 2002.


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