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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.

With thanks

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

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Harper Adams offers, through its Development Trust, a range of scholarship opportunities for students who have secured places on our degree programmes. Some scholarships are funded by donations from private individuals, some come from charitable trusts and others are sponsored by companies, many of which also offer a paid placement year role to the successful student(s).

In 2019/2020 scholarships worth a total of £525,000 were shared between more than 140 students.

We value all our sponsors and donors. Because of their generosity, the scholarship programme goes directly to support the talent of tomorrow. This provides further support for students who choose to come to study at Harper Adams, in the form of funding but also through highly valuable professional networking, which helps to build individual confidence, industry contacts and placement opportunities. All eligible students are contacted about these opportunities.


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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