Posted 21 May 2003THE ORGANISERS OF the second annual Public Open Day at Shropshire’s only University College have hailed the event as a great success.
Despite the obvious disadvantages of trying to host the event on what proved to be a wet Cup Final afternoon, Harper Adams University College, near Newport, can count its second ever Public Open Day as a great success.
“We were delighted that so many people wanted to come and see us and find out about the superb facilities and services we provide here,” said Professor Wynne Jones, Principal of Harper Adams.
“We recorded more than 300 visitors at our Public Open Day last year but this year, in spite of some atrocious weather, we counted in more than 450.”
Among those visitors was MP for the Wrekin, Peter Bradley, who said he was particularly pleased to see the new facilities and opportunities available at Shropshire’s only homegrown university institution.
He said: “Harper Adams has an outstanding national reputation and I’m pleased to see the developments here which will offer new opportunities for students from this constituency. This will assist the Government in its objective of providing more students with the opportunity to experience university education.”
During his visit to Harper Adams, Mr Bradley was able to see the new Veterinary Nurse Training Centre and was invited to take part in demonstrations in the Engineering Department, including displays of off-road vehicle.
Informal talks and briefings were also an important part of the day and provided visitors with the opportunity to find out more about Harper Adams new range of degree courses in areas such as Business, IT, Retail, Food, Leisure and Tourism.
Caption: (L-R) Veterinary Nurse Rachel Holland helps Peter Bradley, MP for the Wrekin, get to grips with the new Veterinary Nurse Training facilities at Harper Adams University College’s Public Open Day last Saturday