Masterclasses

Masterclasses are academic taster sessions which can be run either on campus or at your school or college. They range in duration from 1-2 hours and are interactive sessions which aim to give young people an idea of what studying at university involves and what they can expect to gain in addition to an academic qualification.

Engineering

We offer numerous engineering workshops in both off road vehicle design and agricultural engineering. The off-road vehicle design workshops involve interactive experiments exploring vehicle suspension, chassis design and vehicle configuration. The agricultural engineering activities involve interactive workshops, which can include 3D CAD and a challenge to predict the distance at which an unknown load will tip a load-all. These sessions are ideal for students with ability in maths and physics.

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Animals / Veterinary Nursing

Animal model in the science laboratories

Animal model in the science laboratories

We have a range of veterinary nursing and animal related courses at Harper Adams and offer a range of workshops to complement this. Examples include:

  • Horse anatomy
  • Basic animal bandaging
  • Animal medicine
  • Small animal welfare
  • Animal stress

All of these workshops are interactive and some can be delivered off site. We also have a companion animal house on site which holds a variety of species, along with a dedicated veterinary nursing unit which is set out like a working veterinary practice.

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Food

Students studing in the specialist Regional Food Academy facilities

Students studing in the specialist Regional Food Academy facilities

With facilities like the Regional Food Academy, Harper Adams is a fantastic place to study a subject within an ever growing industry.

We offer a wide range of workshops from sensory evaluation through to food contamination. There are also activities which involve technical food production and the nutritional values of food and drinks which help to demonstrate the scientific element of food studies. These activities are ideal for students with ability in science and an interest in food.

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Business

Our business teaching offers both business management with marketing and business with more of an agricultural slant. This is reflected in the activities that we offer; The 'Pizza Panic' activity looks at starting and maintaining a food business and shows students the wide range of roles available from product development through to marketing. We also have activities focusing on marketing which involve students analysing packaging and branding that they come into contact with daily. This helps students to recognise why they buy the products that they do and demonstrates the importance of this role.

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Countryside and Environment

Interest in protecting the environment has never been so high and the opportunities for study in this area at Harper Adams are a good reflection of this.

With activities such as mammal trapping, habitat mapping and sustainable forestry there is a lot to consider when looking at countryside and the environment. We also have activities that look at countryside management which involve assessing the impact that our ever evolving building developments and growing population have on the environment.

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Rural Estate and Land Management (REALM)

A surveying activity

A surveying activity

Studying REALM at Harper Adams is as varied and exciting as the industry itself, learning about a wide range of areas from taxation and valuations through to building repairs. Therefore the taster activities that we offer are just as varied. Just some of the activities offered are:

  • Valuing a building
  • Practical surveying
  • Rural land management

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Agriculture

Agriculture at Harper Adams is one of the largest subject areas and has many options for specialisms. This is once again reflected in the taster activities that we have on offer, and with a working farm on site we can offer activities involving livestock. Activities include:

  • Sheep husbandry
  • Dairy cow performance
  • Agronomy
  • Feeding crops

So if you have students with a love of the outdoors and an interest in the origins of their food then an activity in agriculture would be the perfect answer.

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