The Harper Guarantee

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

Mercer Scholarships

The future of British agriculture is the young people that are in it and what better way of helping them than by ensuring that they get a good education. I can think of no other investment that has potentially a greater payback!

Roger Mercer, Managing Director, Mercer Farming Ltd

I live on a 750 acre arable farm and would like to stay in agriculture. It is brilliant to receive this scholarship as it takes some pressure off the finance; something less to think about so I can concentrate more on my studies. It is good to get some recognition for your hard work.

Michael Snelson, Fd/HND Agriculture

McConnel Scholarships

Harper Adams University has blazed a trail of excellence in its rural and manufacturing-based courses, a fact that is evidenced by its many outstanding graduates. Our Harper Adams University scholarships encourage young people to gain the qualifications they merit, irrespective of their backgrounds. Our payback is the immense satisfaction of seeing people of the highest calibre progress from Harper Adams University into our rural industries. It is only by producing and recruiting the best people that we in the UK can keep ahead of the competition offered by Europe and the rest of the world.

Geoffrey Davies, OBE, Managing Director, Alamo Group (Europe) Ltd.

Graduating Class Scholarship

The Graduating Class Scholarship is an opportunity for students in their final year to raise funds to support a new student starting at Harper Adams in the following academic year.

The views of the scholars awarded are that they see this scholarship as a privilege to be selected for a scholarship which can only exist due to the generous donations of the graduating class. All first year students entering the University are encouraged to apply.

The Eric Lea's Charitable Trust

Harper Adams University has recently received a very generous gift from the Eric Lea's Charitable Trust. This donation will contribute towards establishing specialist food teaching and consultancy facilities within the University, for the benefit of education and support provided to the food industry in the West Midlands. The specialist food facility will include a Product Development Laboratory and a Sensory Evaluation Suite. Donations such as that given by the Eric Lea's Charitable Trust play an essential part in developing the University's resources. They are also important in enabling the University to obtain funding for capital projects from other sources where, for instance, matched funding must be provided.