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Harper Adams University

Since it was founded in 1901, Harper has been designed to meet this challenge. Set on a 550 hectare farm, we are the leading specialist university tackling the future development of our planet's food production, processing, animal sciences, engineering, land management and sustainable business.

Short Courses



The College opened to six students in April 1901. The College consisted of the Main Building and a 178 acre farm on its doorstep, along with the family farmhouse, Ancellor House. In these early years the College, under the Principal Hedworth Foulkes (1901-22), offered certificate courses very much of a practical nature.


You have a bright future ahead of you and this is where it starts. For more than 115 years Harper Adams has been inspiring and supporting people like you to achieve their ambitions. With top notch teaching, an intimate rural campus and excellent facilities we have everything you need to succeed.With a placement as part of every course, and a £4M Innovation Centre built by Dairy Crest on campus, you won't just learn about industry. You'll be a part of it. Our research brings together staff and students to tackle the biggest problems that our planet faces today.


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.


The Graduate Careers and Placement Fair 2017 was a success with over 130 employers attending the event at Harper Adams University.


Housing services

Finding the right place to live is an important part of settling in to university life. Our safe, rural location is a community where students are surrounded by a friendly faces and helping hands. Lots of students live on campus, within walking distance of all our facilities.

Here you'll find loads of information about our halls of residence, accommodation in the local area, how to apply, and what to bring!

Library services

  • Access to about 40,000 books, over 700 e-books, nearly 2000 print journals, over 50,000 online journals and the most relevant databases for your course.
  • Group study rooms and 2 silent study rooms. 
  • Group and one-to-one tutorials on finding and using resources.
  • Help with any queries.
  • Dedicated librarians to help you get the most out of the resources.

ICT services

It's not just our facilities that are cutting-edge, our research is too. In the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF2014), 100 per cent of our research was declared of international quality, with more than 50 per cent either world leading or internationally excellent.

Medical services

Linden Hall Surgery is based in the near-by town of Newport. You will be able to register with the surgery on registration day at the beginning of the academic year. Prescriptions can also be collected here. During university holidays you can be seen by your home doctor as a temporary resident.

Student Life

Campus life

On campus, you'll find cutting-edge facilities like a £2.93 million Agricultural Engineering Innovation Centre and a £4 million food innovation centre.

Sports facilities

All students are welcome to become members, each completing an induction with one of our Gym Assistants to ensure they're safe and comfortable using all the facilities. The Harper Fitness staff are always happy to give advice on training and how to build your own training program to achieve your goals. With daily advice, hints and tips on Facebook it's a must for any student who wants to keep in shape.


Harper Adams University College’s continued support for its staff has been rewarded with the renewal of its Investors in People (IIP) accreditation.

IIP is a national training standard that aims to help organisations achieve their objectives through the training and development of their people. Harper Adams has received whole-institution recognition for this commitment since 2003.

Newport, England, United Kingdom

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