Placement Learning at Harper Adams

Most undergraduate courses include a 12 month placement in a commercial environment.

Harper Adams places great importance on the placement period. Placement provides students with an opportunity for on-the-job training to produce a well-rounded individual with practical, interpersonal and business skills, and by the end of the course, the ability to take on managerial responsibility.

Student Benefits

  • Apply the theory gained through their studies in a commercial or professional environment
  • Acquire knowledge and experience to underpin studies in the later stages of the course
  • Acquire practical, interpersonal and business skills needed in the workplace
  • Develop and appreciation of management skills
  • Provide experience on which to base future career plans

Harper Adams seeks to develop long term relationships with placement employers and has strong links with a large number of employers across a range of sectors. Each subject area has a Placement Manager responsible for advising students on suitable placements, supporting students in placement and liaising with employers.

Employer Benefits

A Harper Adams placement student can benefit businesses in a number of ways:

  • New ideas and fresh enthusiasm
  • Up to date knowledge of latest commercial developments, new technology and IT skills
  • Cost effective additional staff resource
  • Benefit from the latest research through closer links with the university
  • Enable specific project work to be undertaken
  • 'Try before you buy' with regard to graduate selection

Harper Adams students:

  • Are good team workers
  • Can think for themselves and get on with the job
  • Can focus on business issues and solutions
  • Resolve business problems effectively

Future Developments

  • Improved access to University resources for students on placement
  • Improved awareness of placement and graduate opportunities through closer links with employers
  • Guidance for students and employers to help cope with disability in the work place
  • Development and promotion of sector-wide good practice for placements in the rural economy

How to upload your vacancy...

Click on the course area in the left hand menu that is relevant to your business/organisation and view the information. You can then submit your details via our online vacancy form.

Contact Information

 Kathy Smith

Kathy Smith
Placement Officer
Office: FS7
Email: Click here to contact Kathy Smith
Telephone: +44 (0)1952 81 5409