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Harper Adams


As our population grows, so do our demands on the planet. At Harper Adams, our research is responding to the biggest challenges that this presents.

We've created an environment where students, staff and industry work together on research with real-world impact. We're improving animal welfare, tackling food scarcity, and developing new farming technologies.

Our research isn't just practical, it's academically recognised

In 2022, the Research Excellence Framework results saw 60% of our work considered world leading or internationally excellent. Before that, in 2006, we became the only specialist institution in the sector able to award our own degrees by research.

Our research environment is designed around the world's biggest challenges

Our research centres and academic networks bring together dedicated staff and facilities, academics from across disciplines, students, and the industry. Based around some of the biggest challenges that face agriculture today, the work they produce is shaping professional practice, government policy and the application of new technologies.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 is the system put in place for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. Each Higher Education Institution making a submission to REF 2021 is required to develop, document and apply a Code of Practice.

Harper Adams University has developed a code of practice which sets out the process the University will follow for its submission to REF 2021

Research Integrity

Harper Adams University is internationally recognised for the quality of its research, as evidenced by the Research Excellence Framework 2022. In order to maintain and uphold the high standards of our research, we continue to undertake initiatives to ensure that integrity, ethics and excellence are at the core of our research activities and fully embedded in our research culture.

Nagoya Protocol

Individual academics and researchers at Harper Adams University have a legal obligation to comply with the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing.

In the event of concern around any of the research taking place at Harper Adams please refer to our whistleblowing procedure.

We expect our researchers to follow Fair Attribution Guidelines for Technical Support

Harper Adams University Statement on Research involving Animals

Find out more about our use of Animals within research and our commitment to the Concordat on Openness



For information on research integrity, or in the event of concern around any of the research taking place at Harper Adams please contact:


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