- Meeting rooms
- Teaching and demonstration area
- Exhibition areas
- Crops related offices
At the heart of the University Farm, Ancellor Yard is a redevelopment of the original farm courtyard, the former home of Thomas Harper Adams after whom the University is named. Within easy walking distance of all the farm facilities the Yard is a centre for on-farm teaching. Opened in 2012 by Chief Scientific Advisor, Professor Sir John Beddington, it houses the Frank Parkinson Farm Education Centre and the Frontier Crops Centre.
Frank Parkinson Farm Education Centre
Designed to be used as a flexible teaching space, the Frank Parkinson Farm Education Centre has facilities for lectures and demonstrations as well as a base for 'in the field' teaching. As the new-build part of Ancellor Yard, the Centre not only complements the original layout but is also designed with sustainable building practises in mind, with a high efficiency rating for both heat and power.
The scheme has been supported by a generous donation from the Frank Parkinson Agricultural Trust.
Frontier Crops Centre
The Frontier Crops Centre houses our senior entomology staff, the close proximity to trial areas allows the Crops Department to continue developing the cutting edge research and education facilities at Harper Adams.
It also houses many postgraduate PhD and postdoctoral research staff who benefit from better access to farm resources.
The construction of the project has been supported by a generous donation from Frontier Agriculture.