I love it. Best choice i made. Go to Harper. Great opportunites and small campus so you get to know alot of people. Its hard being away from home but its great once you get ised to it
All the resources needed for skills, lots of help with placements and loads of opportunites in all sectors.
Some of the lecturers have a bad teaching style but others are very good and catch your attention . Good use of theory and practical
They always put stuff on for us eg nights out and trips. Well managed and open to ideas
Very good, sports facilties are good. Acoomodation is great. Modern lecture rooms and good class rooms. Farm and aninal department are outstanding and lots of hand on things to do
Yes and local town 10 mins away
Very good considering not a sports univeristy. Range of socs for everyone
Academic is great, always there with whatever concerns you have about everything. Personally if your worried about anything there is always someone you can talk to
University for me has been like going on a 6 month residential where you make amazing friends, can go out safely, and can explore more deeply into your subjects. But this does bring with it stress for some people that find themselves with a lot more work than myself. Overall, my experience of uni has been amazing and I wish I could stay where I am right now for a long while.
In the faccenda centre there is a student's learning zone, which hold weekly classes that help students who have been asked to come or any student that has put their name down. There are careers fairs most terms and plenty of industry-based companies come seeking out HAU students because of the specialisation of the university, the reputation of it's students and the enthusiasm the students have for agriculture and engineering.
My course has 2 full days of work experience in, this means that I have rather a lot of coursework to complete but it also means that I am knowledgeable in being around animals and general protocol around farms. My course has little contact hours, which means that I do not have a lot of work to do outside of the classroom but iot also provides me with the flexibility to work in the day and possibly do some more work experience with the people I have met from placement weeks.
The students union puts on nights every Wednesday, which are well run and have security throughout who really do a great job of looking out for students. The nights are held in the SU, a big hall with 2 bars and plenty of strobe lights to make a good night great. However, the students union, in terms of organising sports fixtures and transport, is quite poor as a body whose job it is to do so.
Our facilities include 3 rugby pitches, an astroturf, squash courts tablle-tennis tables, tennis courts and plenty of other amenities that would be unreasonable to list. They are maintained by the cleaners who come in at 4.30am everyday to clean before the students come down to work. The library has plenty of computers and space; however, the speed of them could be quicker - this is an issue for engineering who use a lot of software and can't run the programmes necessary to do their modules sometimes because there are too many people using the computers at one time.
Harper Adams itself is limited by being in a more-rural area; however, 2 miles away in the local town there is a B&M and Waitrose, then 2 miles from that is a Lidl, Aldi and M&S, and then if you want to travel into Telford there is an ASDA, Tesco and shopping centre. Dependent on whether you have a car or can navigate shuttle buses alright, the amenities are more than enough. All hall accommodation is on-campus and within a minutes walk of the Library and little shop.
Plenty of sports societies, that are a lot of fun and give a real feeling of uni-life and a family. Then the societies outside of sport are great, as well e.g. the Port and Cheese Society, which convenes every Wednesday night.
Counselling try really hard in looking out for students who they think might be going astray and there is a whole department to support you if you ask for it. I have only had 2 academic tutors throughout the year, so I probably not the best source of academic tutor support. However, I have found that they have been attentive to any issues people have faced in class, produced more material on the topic which has caused the issue, followed anyone up who is struggling and gave in-depth feedback on my written assignments.
I really glad I picked Harper. Wouldn't change it for the world. The teaching is top quality, the facilities are good and the campus lifestyle suits me really well.
It had a placement year as maditory, which is really good.
My course is very hands on which I really like. Classes are small and tutorials even smaller
I think it is good but the joining fee is expensive
I think they are good, there is a shop, gym, pool and pub
The accommodation is on campus. While the campus is rural local transport is good
I don't do many but the ones I do I really enjoy
It is ok, I haven't used a lot of it tho
University has been really good so far. Money is the only real struggle. Both the social and academic experiences at Harper are well shaped to give a variety of things to do even on a rural campus university.
Large effort to increase employability including extra curricular courses, lambing experience and sandwich courses with work placements
Timetable is nicely spread. Annoying having lectures from 5-6, especially on Fridays
Facilities are pretty good and there is very little student representation
Very close to lecture halls. Quite a way from shops especially if you didn’t have a car.
Not bad but there aren’t that many to choose from.
Support is really good if required, there’s always someone to contact if you need/want help
Very satisfied, had a hard 2nd year but have been supported by staff which has really helped. Great uni, great course, great placement experience. Good balance of work and social life
Great support team and always there for help and guidance
Love the practical sessions, wish for more. Some lectures i feel are a bit pointless, which is a shame when you live off campus and you feel you have wasted an hour to 2 hours
Good, some areas do need updating, eg the VN unit
Yes, it's perfect
Amazing, societies for everyone
Both are amazing, can't fault
Best decision I’ve ever made and moving across the water has been made so easy by the amount of activities to keep us occupied and to get us to meet new people.
Fantastic links with companies and businesses world wide and a large effort made to get students to meet people and gain contacts.
The diversity of modules is fantastic and there’s a wide range of teaching methods including classroom, on the farm and crop walks
Wide range of events both with alcohol and without and completely run by students
Highest quality and worldwide leading facilities
30 second walk from the canteen and a couple of minutes walk to all classes. 5 minute drive from local town
Very diverse and possibility of new teams is really encouraged
I have really enjoyed Harper Adams. I was skeptical at first as I have moved from Liverpool to the countryised which is a big change. Everyone has been supportive through my whole time here and I get on very well with all of my lecturers
Every course has a compulsory placement year and Harper also has a large support department of careers with workshops for CVs, Interviews and other skills
Courses are very interactive with smaller class sizes so more attention to the student. If I was forced to give a negative it would be that for zoology and animals courses mainly agricultural examples are used. Overall amazing teaching though.
Course representatives are selected for every year and there is an annual course review to bring up thoughts
As it is a small uni the facilities are limited but it's what they can do with that space. For the size there are many facilities.
Harper is quite out of the way but makes an effort to keep you connected with busses to and from Telford the largest town. Newport the local area has almost everything you need
Very wide range of clubs and societies. The SU are also always open to helping you set one up as well
Counselling, learning difficulty like dyslexia and the mental health services are very good. Feedback tends to be short but provide some points for emprovment. However not uncommon to get only "good" as a comment but only get 70% on the assignment with no mention of how to pick up more marks
Before starting uni I was so worried about settling in and enjoying my course, but can honestly say I have not looked back since joining Harper and have had the best first year. I’d say that’s defo down to the community feel of the uni, as well as the support offered by staff.
We all do placement years which looks great on the CV for future employment and Harper are helpful in organising that. They also work alongside big companies to offer scholarships. We all have skills modules that helps bring students everyday skills up to the standard of the knowledge of our degree so we feel set we could go confidently into the work place.
I enjoy that my course is taught split between an hour of lectures and an hour of seminars for each topic.
I think Harper’s student union do a pretty good job, of listening to what people having to say and offering things that students want.
Feel like we have good facilities, especially considering the size of the uni compared to big city unis feel like we have most things we could ever need socially (shop, bar, sports facilities). Also all the teaching facilities are modern and out practical lessons are taught with equipment that’s keeping up with evolving industry of agriculture so it really couldn’t be better
I think the location could not be better. Quick and easy access to local amenities in any direction. Also not to far if wanted to travel to local cities for the weekends. Also really quick and easy to access transport through train stations being so close
Feel like there is literally an option for anybody.
Support provided in my own experience has been great! Coming from a college background rather than A-levels support is available to help people in my position adjust to uni life and assessment methods. Tutors are also always keen to talk though any misunderstandings and there passion for students to do well is clear!
It has been very good, Harper is a like a big family with lots of opportunities. It is on a farm which is ideal for the courses. There is a strong student nightlife and the halls are nice.
Compulsory third year work placement, multiple careers fairs, uni modules about professional workplace skills
I like the most that it has lots of practical learning, I like least that the lecturers aren’t amazing at communication
Very wide variety
I have loved Harper Adams so far, the social life is brilliant, especially for such a rural campus. The course is fantastic because the facilities and teaching is great! The sports is brilliant.
They offer work placements and you can work on skills such as farm animal handling by signing up to extra sessions e.g. lambing.
We get the opportunity to have lots of hands on teaching on the farm and off site at places partnered with the university. We are the first cohort on the veterinary medicine course and there are just ten of us on the pathway course to start with so everything is new and there is still lots of exciting changes to come. My least favourite thing is the irrelevance of some modules, for example our global Issues and their business impact doesn’t have any content relevant to veterinary medicine.
There are good facilities and the Wednesday nights in the SU are good, but they are expensive for what they actually are. They put on really good events and the balls are always really well organised.
We have good teaching facilities and an excellent library. The sports hall and gym are a little dated but they still function well. The cafes are really nice and the accommodation is pleasant. The post system is appalling and it’s very difficult to find your post, this is the only big negative.
Accommodation is within a 5 minute walk of all the university. It’s only a short 5 minute drive to Newport; but the bus service linking the town and the campus could be better and more clearly advertised. The university does however put on a really good free bus service on Monday nights to Newport for student Monday’s. The amenities on site are really good, we have plenty of cafes, a shop, a pub, a bar and a gym.
There is a wide range of sports and societies for such a small university. There could definitely be more and they are quite expensive. I am part of the equestrian team and love training and competing.
All the tutors are readily available via email and in their offices and are always very keen to help. I haven’t used student services much but from the brief encounters I have had with them the support they offer is really good.