Harper Adams Universiteit

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Ik stapte Harper Adams Universiteit yn 1998. Yn 2009 Ik naam op 'e rol fan Principal en yn desimber 2012 Ik waard de universiteit fan fise Chancellor. It is in grutte foarrjocht te tsjinjen yn dizze kapasiteit omdat dizze ynstelling hat sa'n spesjaal plak yn it libben fan it plattelân en yn de wrâld fan it heger ûnderwiis. Net allinne binne wy ​​unyk yn ús ûnderwerp basis, en yn it oanbod fan ûndersyk en kennis oerdracht wurk dat wy ferplichtsje harren derta, mar wy ek útfiere bûtengewoan goed tsjin soad gruttere universiteiten wylst behâld in kollegiale oanpak fan ús aktiviteiten.

Ik fêst leauwe, dat dit is it produkt fan ús poerbêst en belutsen akademyske personiel, dy't soarch djip oer it learen en ûnderwizen afforded oan ús studinten, fiere fernijend ûndersyk mei hege ynfloed op agraryske en plattelân praktyk en fersoargje in breed oanbod fan stipe oan de saaklike sektoaren dêr't wy binne dwaande. Derneist, ús bestjoerlike, technyske en in protte oare groepen fan personiel konsekwint leverje hege kwaliteit tsjinsten en foarsjennings dy't stypje ús akademyske wurk.

De freonlike en soarchsume omjouwing wy soargje foar ús studinten is werom te finen yn in soad manieren, faaks meast benammen yn 'e krêft fan' e learling mienskip en in wize dêr't studinten bydrage oan de ûntwikkeling fan de Universiteit. Wy hawwe berikt, en wurkje hurd te behâlden, de heechste educational noarmen, en wurde rûnom erkend foar de kwaliteit fan ús foarsjenning.

Yn 2015, Harper Adams Universiteit wie de nûmer-up Universiteit fan it Jier op theWhatUni Student Choice Awards. De universiteit ek wûn de priis foar studinte stipe en wie yn de top trije ynstellings yn in fierder fiif priis kategoryen. Harper Adams wie de twadde heechste climber yn de Complete Universiteit Guide 2016 kompetysjewedstriden tafel en konsekwint hellet in ôfstudearre wurkgelegenheid rate boppe 96 per cent, jaan ús de meast konsekwinte spoar rekord yn spesjalist agro-food bepaling. Yn 2014, Harper Adams waard útroppen ta de fjirde meast gastfrije universiteit yn it Feriene Keninkryk yn de Youthsight hege Expectations survey en wûn de Cubo Ynnovaasje Award foar Excellence in Student Experience.

Sûnt syn oprjochting yn 1901, Harper Adams hat in lange en grutsk tradysje fan wurkjen nau mei it lanlike sektor en wy sille fierder te dwaan sa, te foegjen belang oan ús ûnderwiis en ûndersyk en te hanneljen as stipepunt foar it oerdragen fan ûndersyk yn 'e praktyk. Wy hawwe ûndernimmen fan in ambisjeuze ynvestearrings programma te foarsjen de bêste mooglik foarsjennings foar ús learen en ûnderwizen en ûndersyk aktiviteiten, en sil trochgean om strategyske ynvestearrings yn nije personiel om te soargjen dat ús akademyske mienskip bliuwt oan 'e foarop fan ús spesjalist ûnderwerp basis.

Guon fan de meast Druk sette wrâldwide soargen belûke de takomst beskikber stellen fan iten, de gefolgen fan klimaatferoaring en it behear fan it lanlik lân en omjouwings. Wy leauwe dat wy meitsje in fitale bydrage troch it produsearjen ôfstudearden mei de kapasiteit te pakken dizze saken, helpen ûntwikkeljen dy al yn it wurk, dy't nedich te krijen nije feardichheden en troch it meitsjen fan kennis, dat sil helpe de lanlike sektor, har bedriuwen en syn mienskippen te bloeien.

Wy hoopje dat jo fine de siden fan ús webside nijsgjirrich en ynformatyf. As se moedigje jo te finen út mear oer ús dan graach yn kontakt komme. Of, better noch, besykje ús prachtige kampus yn it Shropshire plattelân sadat jo kinne belibje Harper Adams op earste hân. Wy sjogge út nei Gastfrij dy.

Dr David Llewellyn
vice Chancellor

 

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Skiednis


Thomas Harper Adams was a wealthy Shropshire gentleman farmer. On his death in 1892 he bequeathed his considerable estate ‘for the purpose of teaching practical and theoretical agriculture’. The marriage of the developing science of agriculture to the practice of farming was seen by an increasing number of people as the only solution to the agricultural depression. The 1890s saw substantial financial support for agricultural education and several colleges and university departments specializing in agriculture made their appearance at this time. Harper Adams Agricultural College, lykwols, was the first institution of its kind to be financed by private bequest. The Foundation was set up with the sum of £45,496.

Opening

The College opened to six students in April 1901. The College consisted of the state-of-the-art Main Building with the significant feature of its own farm on its doorstep, 178 Acres (0.72 km2) of Harper Adams land, along with the family farmhouse, Ancellor House. In these early years the College, under the principalship of Hedworth Foulkes (1901-22), offered certificate courses very much of a practical nature. A College Diploma of a more scientific nature was also on offer, but the National Diploma in Agriculture had less appeal, being considered by many as too theoretical. Although the College sought to educate the sons of the smaller and tenant farmer groups, students tended to come from the wealthier farming and professional backgrounds. Only men were admitted.

Harper Adams remained open throughout the First World War, fulfilling important duties such as the training of disabled soldiers, primarily in poultry husbandry. A specialist department had been created in 1909 and the egg laying trials, dy't begûn yn 1912, earned the College a wide following. Yn april 1915 the College was significantly the first institution to provide courses for women in wartime farm work. Yn 1916, for the first time women enrolled at Harper Adams on full-time courses and were to remain until after the Second World War when priority of places went to discharged men. The College was also instrumental in providing a wide range of wartime services, such as courses in tractor driving.

After the First World War the fortunes of the College struggled to revive amid the agricultural depression of the 1920s and 1930s, despite the work of Principal Charles Crowther (1922-1944). Student numbers dipped dangerously low, with just forty-eight students in 1925-26. The difficulties facing farming at this time did, lykwols, strengthen support for the Advisory Services and the number of advisers at the College and the range of work that they undertook expanded dramatically. By the late 1930s the College was bursting at the seams, with every available space utilized.

Another area of growth was poultry husbandry. The College had been instrumental in encouraging national developments, with the establishment of the National Poultry Council in 1920. This in turn resulted in the creation of the National Institute of Poultry Husbandry, the leading section concerned with education, being opened at the College in 1926. From the 1920s the NIPH had a high profile in areas of research and teaching.

Despite initial fears of enforced closure and temporary use by the Women’s Land Army, the College remained open for both agricultural and poultry courses throughout the Second World War. Troch 1943-44 the College had run into problems of over demand (farming and being a student were both reserved occupations at this time). Strict rules as regards deferment led to a general raising of entry requirements and a subsequent demand for higher qualifications. Larger numbers of students enrolled on diploma and degree courses. At the close of the war the appearance of the Loveday Report led to a clear stratification being given to agricultural education. Henceforth the more practical one-year certificate was dropped and courses concentrated on diploma work, both College and National.

The post war years were the period of Principal Bill Price (1946-1962). They saw a steady expansion in student numbers. Yn 1956-57 numbers reached 222. In the late 1940s and early 1950s a thorough modernization programme took place. The most notable event was the opening of Jubilee Hostel in 1951.

Further changes at the College took place in the 1960s, under the principalship of Reginald Kenney (1962-77). A massive influx of money in the late 1950s led to theopening of the Queen Mother Hall and Bradford and Ward Halls in the early 1960s, expanding the site for the first time across the Caynton Road. Within years, New Boughey Hall, a modern teaching block with library, and a student union building followed. Yn 1964 responsibility for funding the College passed from the Ministry of Agriculture to the Department of Education and Science, bringing with it tighter financial control. The College was being drawn into a more rigidly structured national plan. Government concern to expand opportunities in Higher Education and to raise the standard of national qualifications in agricultural education led to the introduction of the Higher National Diploma with its sandwich period. The first students enrolled for the HND in 1969. Enrolments for the NDA ceased two years later. Significantly, women were among entrants for the HND. At the same time the College moved into post-diploma teaching with the introduction of courses such as the Post-Diploma in Agricultural Marketing and Business Administration. dus, yn 1969-70 student numbers rose for the first time to over 300.

Poultry student numbers in the mid-1960s represented a third of total student numbers. Henceforth in-house training by poultry firms, fewer requirements for employment as poultry units took to factory lines resulted in a dramatic decline in recruitment. Poultry teaching was transferred to the Animal Department in 1991.

More reorganisation took place under Principal Tony Harris (1977-94). The Government sought expansion in Higher Education, but at the same time imposed considerable financial restraint. Government initiatives sought to make education institutes more cost-effective and to promote the generation of income, creating the atmosphere of a corporate body in place of the financial dependency of the grants system. In order to spread overheads there was the recognition that the College had to get larger, but this was against a background of falling numbers of eighteen-year olds. There was enormous pressure on smaller colleges to amalgamate, but Harper Adams remained independent. Troch 1991-92 student numbers had passed the thousand mark.

Much of Harper Adamssuccess was due to careful diversification in course provision. it kolleezje, bygelyks, recognized the move towards the multi-purpose countryside and introduced subjects such as rural enterprise and land management. Dochs, agriculture remained at the core. similarly, the College widened the qualifications on offer, notably with the introduction of degree teaching in 1981. Harper Adams was one of the earliest providers of a BSc sandwich degree course. Taught degree awarding powers were granted to Harper Adams University College by the Privy Council in 1996. Efforts were also made to widen access to higher education by means of continuing education and part-time studies. Increasingly, there was short course provision. Research was also a real growth area and increasingly, it was undertaken by postgraduate students. The first award of a Ph.D. to a student at Harper Adams was in 1989. Prior to 2006, research degree students studying through Harper Adams University College were conferred with a research degree of the Open University, under its approved processes and regulations. The Privy Council awarded Harper Adams University College its own research degree awarding powers in 2006.

Wynne Jones as Principal (1996 nei 2009) had the task of steering the College into the twenty-first century. Harper Adams as a consequence evolved along with the industry that it serves. There is a wide portfolio of courses including a raft of masters programmes. Sûnt 1998 Harper Adams has been officially recognised as University College. The Privy Council granted Harper Adams Research Degree Awarding Powers (RDAP) yn 2006.

During his time as Principal at Harper Adams, significant investments were made in its learning and teaching resources. The Bamford Library Building opened in the 2003/04 akademysk jier. The building, funded with the assistance of several major donations, reconfirmed Harper Adamscommitment to providing the best possible learning environment for its students and the rural industries and communities it serves.

Yn juny 2004, HRH The Princess Royal visited the University College to open newly refurbished teaching accommodation in the Foulkes-Crowther Building. Harper Adams also invested in new sports facilities for students and in new academic facilities to take forward its research and reach-out programmes. Also in June 2004, the University College was awarded significant funding totalling over £2.1m from the Higher Education Innovation Fund to develop its work with rural businesses. The award included a substantial element for the creation of one of only 22 centres of knowledge exchange activity, focussing on rural business support.

The University College achieved first place for its teaching quality in The Sunday Times University Guide in 2007 en 2008 mei 100 per cent excellence. It was named University College of the Year six years running (2008-2013) and now caters for more than 2,500 bachelor studinten. Dr David Llewellyn took over as Principal in September 2009 and has spearheaded Harper’s successful progression. So far during Dr Llewellyn’s Principalship a number of major initiatives have been completed or begun.

The £2.3millon state-of the art dairy unit was officially opened in September 2009 and retiring Principal Professor Wynne Jones OBE welcomed Dr Llewellyn to his new post. The dairy unit uses state-of-the-art equipment and techniques to improve cow welfare and herd health, as well as boost efficiency and productivity from the recently expanded herd. The 40-point internal rotary parlour is one of just a few in operation in the UK, which is designed to provide students and visitors with the best view of the dairy operation. Gates can be used to separate cows before and after milking for optimum management particularly when, bygelyks, conducting trials.

The £3million award-winning West Midlands Regional Food Academy (RFA) was officially opened by HRH The Princess Royal in December 2009. It supports the food industry, firstly by provide technical and business support to food and drink businesses and secondly, by working with schools, and further and higher education institutions, to raise awareness and understanding of food and the food industry, and the careers that the industry offers.

Yn maart 2010, Shadow Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Nick Herbert MP, opened a new Postgraduate and Professional Development Centre at Harper Adams University College. The new centre has a range of facilities designed to support taught postgraduate students and those undertaking other professional development courses.

Yn 2010 the Faccenda (Student Centre) building and a new student hall of residence were opened. The Faccenda building provides a ‘onestop shopfor students, including a student hub, Student Union facilities and social rooms, with a number of teaching and meeting rooms.

Yn oktober 2012 HRH The Princess Royal visited Harper Adams to open the new student halls of residence, which was named after the Princess.

Yn desimber 2012 Harper Adams was award full university title. Dr Llewellyn now takes the title Vice-Chancellor in line with the academic and administrative heads of most other UK universities.


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