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Campus set to open to the public

Posted 28 April 2009

Bertie Hancock is ready to welcome visitors

People are invited to have a nose around Harper Adams University College at its public open day on May 9.

Visitors, who can drop in at any time between 10am and 3pm, will be able to tour the Shropshire campus and adjoining farm, learn about new developments – including the West Midlands Regional Food Academy – and discover opportunities to suit everyone from school leavers to rural business professionals.

The teaching and research at Harper Adams covers every stage of the food chain. Never mind kill it, cook it, eat it; Harper students can learn to plough it, plant it, breed it, feed it, protect it, house it, manage it, harvest it, store it, price it, market it, and feel better for it!

All of this work sits within five academic departments: Animals, Crops, Engineering, Rural Affairs and Environment, and Business Management and Marketing.

These land-based subjects rely on far more than just computers and text books – and Harper has an excellent array of facilities to support its teaching and the research that underpins it.

The Bamford Library, Princess Margaret Teaching Laboratories, Soil Hall, JCB Engineering Design Centre, Companion Animals Unit, pseudo veterinary practice and the 343-hectare farm, boasting a new 400-cow dairy unit, will all be available to view.

“These top quality resources will be all the more relevant to potential students who join us to talk about our courses and life at Harper Adams,” said Marketing Officer Bertie Hancock.

“And we’ll make sure they don’t just hear from staff. Student ambassadors, who are proud to show off their campus, will lead tours and answer any questions about the social and practical side of Harper.

“And it’s worth a visit for those who are already studying elsewhere, because Harper Adams has a range of top-up programmes that will take their qualification to a higher level.

“Of course, we don’t just do undergraduate courses. Harper has an excellent track record in the delivery of postgraduate and short courses and employer engagement – where we tailor training to business needs. Visitors will be able to find out about these, too, on May 9.”

Visit www.harper-adams.ac.uk/press/open.htm or ring 01952 815000 for more information

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