Posted 3 August 2005Harper Adams University College in Shropshire reports on another successful year for its Irish students. In total, fifteen students from the Republic of Ireland and nine from Northern Ireland graduated from the leading rural University College this summer.
In response to the excellent results Wynne Jones, Principal, sums up: “We are delighted with the contribution made to the academic, social and sporting life of Harper Adams by our students from the island of Ireland. Students are achieving high results across the broad raft of courses now available but I am particularly pleased to note the consistent results achieved in Agricultural Engineering with eight of the fifteen students from The Republic achieving degrees with either good or very good classification.”
Maeve Moran from West Port, County Mayo is one of the many Harper Adams success stories. Maeve started her studies at the University College on an Access course and following her successful completion of the course she progressed to study a degree. She has now graduated with BSc (Hons) in Agriculture with Animal Science. During her studies Maeve won several awards and prizes, the most recent of which being the Victor Truesdale Prize which is awarded annually to a final year student.
“I had a really great time at Harper Adams”, comments Maeve, “The Access course was the best year for me at Harper - it turned me into the person I am now. It really gave me confidence in myself. I have so many fond memories of my time at Harper it would be hard to pick a favourite, but winning the Victor Truesdale prize was one of them and also being a Student Warden in my final year.”
Maeve is now working for Deans Foods as an Agricultural Management Trainee. With 96.8% of Harper students who graduated in 2003/2004 being in employment or further study within 6 months of leaving it is not surprising that Maeve, like so many others, found work easily.
“I wouldn’t be where I am today without my degree from Harper” continues Maeve, “although I’m glad to be moving on, it’s still sad to have left. I have met so many people who will be friends for life who I will keep in touch with through Harper Adams in Ireland and The Harper Adams Club.”
Other students from the Republic to graduate this year include Kate Corbally from Oldtown, County Dublin who gained a BSc in Business Management and Marketing for the Food Industry and Thomas King from Navan, County Meath who graduated with BEng (Hons) in Agricultural Engineering.