Posted 17 October 2003ALTHOUGH MANY UNIVERSITIES, nationwide, have increasing concerns about student recruitment, there is good news for Shropshire, where the University College continues to enjoy a period of success.
Harper Adams University College, near Newport, welcomed more than 700 visitors to its Open Day on Sunday, October 12, 2003. This comes hot on the heels of recruitment figures to the University College rising by about 15 per cent – the highest increase in the sector – and would seem to indicate another successful year lies ahead.
Principal, Professor Wynne Jones said: “We have received a number of comments on how well organised and enjoyable the Open Day was. Again, we have put ourselves in a strong position for recruitment for 2004 and we will build on this during the academic year.”
Amongst the visitors to the Open Day, were more than 250 prospective students and their families who had travelled from as far a field as Cornwall, Kent, Scotland and Ireland.
As well as taking the opportunity to find out about the increasingly diverse range of courses offered at the University College, visitors to the Open Day were also treated to a festival of sport.
The celebrated student teams from Harper Adams faced fierce opposition from the ex-students’ HOBGoblins sides. On the hockey field, the ladies teams played out a close 1-1 draw while on the rugby pitch, the men’s HOBGoblins took a close fought 26 – 20 victory over the current student side. However, the current students fought back in the ladies rugby to take the win in a social Rugby Sevens game.
Caption: Fierce competition during the ladies hockey match at Harper Adams Open Day.