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The Development Trust - tackling tomorrow's challenges today

With the global population expected to grow to 9 billion by 2050, the world is facing major issues around sustainability of its resources. The need for sustainable food supply chains is becoming a defining factor of our age.

This challenge is not just about agriculture - it requires a more holistic approach - food science, engineering, land and environmental management, animal sciences and welfare, and indeed business all have their part to play.

Tackling this challenge demands that institutions like Harper Adams University continue to attract the brightest and best students.

The Harper Adams University Development Trust directly connects companies, alumni and motivated benefactors with the mission of Harper - either through the provision of scholarships of individual students across our portfolio of specialist courses or through philanthropic investment in University infrastructure and buildings.

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If you would like to discuss philanthropic gifts to the Development Trust and University, please contact:

Registered Charity No.1098579

With thanks

The Trust gratefully acknowledges the generous support of all of its donors providing scholarships and donations towards capital developments


At one end of the scale we work with major companies and charitable trusts in the agri-food sector, such as the Elizabeth Creak Charitable Trust, Velcourt and Syngenta, who offer large scholarships that will help fund a student’s fees for a year. At the other end of the scale our newest scholarship for £1000 was established by a 24 year old former Harper Student Union President, to support entrepreneurial endeavour in the area of food production - The Brewers Goose Award

We value our sponsors and because of their generousity the Scholarship programme is now worth over half a million pounds a year. All of that money goes directly to the talent of tomorrow - providing a real incentive for students to come and study at Harper Adams.


Many of the buildings on the campus have been built thanks to the generous donations made through the Trust. Two of our latest projects are the new Jean Jackson glasshouses and the new Elizabeth Creak laboratory extension - both of which provide students and academics with state of the art facilities in which to continue the university’s mission to provide “Higher education and research for the delivery of a sustainable food chain and rural economy.”

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