The Development Trust

The Development Trust

Cultivating Excellence

Registered Charity No.1098579

Contact Details

For further information on the Development Trust please contact

Renée Gallina-Morris
Development Trust Office


Tel: +44 (0)1952 81 5095

Harper Adams University has a long tradition of solid financial performance and high-quality service provision, both vital to enable investment in its activities and to support its staff and students. Universities and colleges now operate in an increasingly competitive financial environment which makes reinvestment and development much more difficult to achieve. Alternative funding sources to Government grants need to be found. The Harper Adams University Development Trust was set up to facilitate this objective.

The Harper Adams University Development Trust was formally established a few years ago with the main aim of 'developing the student experience' by

  • continuing the University's work to create the best possible learning environment for its students, with a focus on the improvement of student facilities;
  • providing an endowment fund to help students in need of financial support to take part in higher education at the University.

The Trustees, consisting of the Vice-Chancellor, Alumni, Governors and independent persons, who bring with them a wide variety of professional, business and educational experience in the land-based industries to support the work of the Trust. They have been working behind the scenes to raise vital income in support of student scholarships and a capital programme. There remains a lot to be done and a major challenge for the Development Trust, therefore, will be to secure additional monies in a very competitive fundraising market.


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Message from the Chairman

Harper Adams University is a major provider of higher education for the land-based industries, attracting students from across the UK as well as overseas. With the introduction of higher tuition fees the University wishes to ensure that no student misses the opportunity of a Harper Adams' education because of financial restrictions. There is also a continuing need to develop and renew the University's unique range of facilities for future generations of students.

A group of independent trustees, the majority of whom are alumni of the University, have formed the Development Trust, the purpose of which is to provide students with the best possible learning environment and where required financial assistance through our scholarship programme. The Trustees firmly believe that a well educated, highly skilled and motivated workforce provides the best investment for the future success of the land-based industries. Harper Adams has an enviable record in producing professional and informed graduates, and we want to ensure that this continues. We recognise, however, that additional financial resources are required if the University is to continue to be as successful as it is today, not least in encouraging young people to consider a career in the land-based industries or elsewhere in the rural economy.

This is the main objective of the University and the Development Trust. We welcome your support to the work of the Development Trust in whatever way you can.

Mr A F Burgess