Apart from studying and socialising, there are lots of worthwhile ways to fill your spare time whilst at Harper Adams. Why not get involved in a community project, earn some extra cash or boost your CV with some additional qualifications or work experience? Here are just some of the things you could do...
Become a student ambassador
The famous Blue Shirts are Harper Adams Student Ambassadors. Current undergraduate students are employed, through the Marketing and Communications Department, to participate in a wide range of activities such as mentoring, open days, interview afternoons, county and technical shows and the Higher Adams Experience (formally HEC).
As a Student Ambassador you will also have the opportunity to work with younger age students (year six to ten) by participating in school visits and talks, explaining what university is all about and helping to raise aspirations and achievements. You could run workshops on student life, how to manage your budget or answer questions on what being an undergraduate is all about. Full training is given, so if you are considering working with children in the future this will provide excellent experience, or if you have already done voluntary work with young people and want to carry on, this is your chance.
If you have visited Harper Adams and had a campus tour, it was probably led by one of these guys. Good, aren't they?! That could be you. Please contact Laura Coulthard for further information:
Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA)
There are several local riding schools that run RDA lessons who welcome volunteers from Harper Adams. Check out www.riding-for-disabled.org.uk
Improve your computer skills
Boost your IT skills and show employers you know your way around a computer by studying for Microsoft's MOS certification (Microsoft Office Specialist). This certification is designed to demonstrate proficiency in the use of the Microsoft stable of Office products, namely Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access and Project.
This is on a self-study basis, taking approx. 40 hrs per product. Harper Adams is a Certiport authorized testing center so students can take the exams on campus (room LF9)
Boost your business skills
Students studying business or other subjects combined with business can achieve an S/NVQ Level Five (either an award or certificate) in Management and Leadership from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). If you study the Project Management and Managing People modules you will have enough credits for a certificate. And by undertaking the Management Consultancy Project you can gain a CMI Certificate in Management Consulting Essentials from the CMI. Visit www.managers.org.uk
Earn a food certificate
All students taking food related courses are offered the opportunity to complete the Foundation Certificate in Food Hygiene, and the Intermediate Certificate in Applied HACCP Principles. These are courses that are recognised internationally and are accredited by external bodies. We also offer places to any other student at Harper Adams, for example, a student interested in events management and would therefore need the food hygiene course.