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    Posted 14 May 2003

    AN INCREASE IN THE number of Cornish students applying to study at Harper Adams University College, Shropshire is creating a home away from home at the popular rural university.

    “We are delighted to be able to report an increase in the number of applicants from Cornwall,” said Richard Jopling, Head of Marketing & Liaison.

    “They have been drawn by both our range of specialist Honours Degree and Foundation Degree courses and by the attractions of the residential campus lifestyle that forms part of the rural university experience here at Harper Adams.

    “Our traditional degrees in Agriculture and related subjects continue to maintain solid support from students, while our range of newer courses in subjects such as Leisure and Tourism, Business, Retail Management and Engineering are providing a platform for modest expansion.

    “We currently have more than 100 students enrolled from the South West and the increasing interest from Cornwall is most encouraging. If this continues, we may even be able to set up a Harper Kernow Society in the same way that we are already running popular societies for students from Ireland and Wales.”

    Harper Adams University College will be exhibiting near the Main Ring at the Royal Cornwall Show, which runs from Thursday, June 5 to Saturday, June 7, 2003. Staff will be on hand throughout the show to advise on the courses and opportunities available.

    You will also be able to find out more about Higher Education Choices, a two-day conference held at Harper Adams in July, which gives 16 and 17 year old students the chance to find out about rural careers and courses, in detail, from advisers representing industry organisations, universities and colleges from across the UK.

    In addition, you will have the opportunity to find out more about exciting new developments in the South West – currently being pioneered by the Women in Rural Enterprise (WiRE) initiative.

    WiRE is an organisation that offers networking opportunities and business advice to rural businesswomen. Membership of WiRE gives access to favourable HSBC loans with very low interest rates. To find out more about what WiRE could do for you, visit the Harper Adams stand and ask for Roger Davies, the WiRE South West Co-ordinator, who will be on hand to offer some useful advice.

    If you are unable to visit the Harper Adams stand but would like to find out more, please contact Richard Jopling on 01 952 815 290, E-mail: or log on to the web-site:


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