Harper Adams University Distance Learning
Distance learning at Harper Adams
Harper Adams University College – based in Shropshire – has introduced a range of courses catering for small independent producers through to employees of large integrated companies. Apart from attending the college for an induction weekend and for key exams, students study at home and in the work place at their own pace and fitting around other commitments.
Qualifications obtainable range from a foundation certificate in Poultry Production Science (either eggs or meat), through to a foundation degree in Poultry Production and Science.
Harper Adams University is a public university located close to the village of Edgmond (near Newport), in Shropshire, England. It is a specialist provider of higher education for the agricultural and rural sector.
Thomas Harper Adams, a wealthy Shropshire gentleman farmer who had died in 1892, bequeathed his estate ‘for the purpose of teaching practical and theoretical agriculture’. Harper Adams College opened in 1901; Headworth Foulkes was the first principal of the College and there were six students.
A specialist department was created in 1909 and the egg laying trials, which started in 1912, earned the College a wide following. In April 1915, the College was the first institution to provide courses for women in wartime farm work. The college contributed to the war effort by training disabled veterans in farm work, especially poultry husbandry. In 1916, women were allowed to enrol at the college on full-time courses for the first time and were to remain until after the Second World War, when priority of places went to discharged servicemen. The College was also instrumental in providing a wide range of wartime services, such as courses in tractor driving.