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Schools and colleges

The world needs new talent ... inspiring the next generation.

Our job is to nurture not only the potential of our current students but pupils of all ages, who will be the engineers, scientists, agriculturalists and entrepreneurs of the future. We are well known for our outstanding agriculture degrees, but did you know we offer many more subjects including animals, wildlife, zoology, vet medicine, veterinary nursing and physiotherapy, and food science, technology and innovation. We also specialise in land and property management, the countryside and environment and sustainable business. Subjects to inspire your pupils. Subjects that can lead to exciting jobs.

The Schools and Colleges Outreach Team works closely with students, teachers and careers advisors to inspire and encourage youngsters to explore higher education and the rewarding careers it can lead to. We can provide information and support on careers, choosing and applying for a course, and what to expect from uni life. We collaborate with schools and colleges both locally and around the country, offering workshops, presentations, and activities that introduce higher education in a fun and memorable way.

Our initiatives include:

  • Residentials
  • Outreach on-campus
  • Outreach off-campus
  • Outreach at Chetwynd Deer Park
  • National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP)
  • Careers fairs
  • IAG sessions
  • Taster days
  • Teacher and advisor sessions
  • Widening participation
  • Meet the team
  • Open days and campus visits

Harper Adams is a regional hub for Higher Horizons+, a collaboration of ten universities and colleges. We work together to engage and support schools with outreach activities as part of the HEFCE funded National Collaborative Outreach Programme. To read more about this please visit higherhorizons.co.uk

Activities

Take a look at the activities we can offer your school or college:

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Contact us

Whether you'd like to visit our Shropshire campus, with its very own farm and specialist facilities, or would like to invite our highly trained staff into your classroom, we'd love to share the Harper Adams experience with you.

Get in touch to find out how we can work together: schoolsliaison@harper-adams.ac.uk

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Gatsby Benchmarks

Take a look at how we can help you meet the requirements:

Benchmark 1 - A stable careers programme

Harper Adams’ outreach team and wider university staff are able to support you in delivering your careers programme. We have trained and identified staff who can deliver workshops around careers and opportunities.

Benchmark 3 - Addressing the needs of each pupil

Our successful outreach menu is broken down into Key Stage groups, however, we have many diversity considerations meaning content can be tailored further to meet certain needs or knowledge gaps where applicable.

Benchmark 4 - Linking curriculum learning to careers

Our current course portfolio focuses heavily on a range of STEM subjects, our dedicated outreach team can deliver a range of curriculum linked careers sessions. Where students can explore the different careers and opportunities within our specialist sector. There are also a number of opportunities to be able to do this through larger on campus events.

Benchmark 5 - Encounters with employers and employees

We offer a range of sessions in school and on campus that allow students to meet with current Harper Adams Employees including our outreach team, students can learn about the skills that are important to the workplace and our sectors. There is also opportunity to engage with other employers through some of our larger on campus events that help explore careers.

Benchmark 6 - Experiences of workplaces

We offer some work experience opportunities to students during Year 10, these can be based in parts of the university such as Animals and Labs. Please note these are limited and are on a first come first serve basis. We can also can help support students gaining relevant agriculture experience when they have applied, through our Access to Agriculture scheme.

Benchmark 7 - Encounters with further and higher education

We can offer meaningful encounters with us as a Higher Education Institution, through school/college sessions or via visits to our campus and also virtual sessions.. This offers students the opportunity to consider the benefits of our Sandwich course (4 years, including 1 year placement) and also opportunities around Higher Degree Apprenticeships. Pupils would have the chance to meet staff and students at the university and be exposed to our learning environment.

To support careers advisers and teachers we offer an annual Teachers and Advisers conference, whereby we give staff the opportunity to meet with a range of our professional academics, helping highlight further opportunities for your students. To find out more about our events you can sign up to our mailing list.

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