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Harriet Jones - Harper Student at Large!

9th FebruaryPosted by Louise Taylor

Harriet Jones – Harper Student at Large!

Born and raised in the Newport area, the reputation of the Harper Adams culture was well known to me!  It seemed the obvious place to study Rural Estate and Land Management as the countryside is  my passion and the work of a Chartered Surveyor, particularly the valuation aspect of the work, has  always been of interest to me.  I was delighted to be offered a place at this prestigious university but the  thought...

Industry demands end to meat inspection monopoly.

23rd MayPosted by Louise Taylor

Leaders of the farming industry have comdemned the Food Standards Agency's (FSA) plans to force the meat sector to pay all the costs of official inspections in meat plants, according the Country Land and Business Association (CLA). 

Eigh signatories from organisations including the CLA, NFU and National Federation of Meat and Food Traders say that passing the cost of inspections onto the meat sector will cost the industry up to £25m.  The letters says this will lead to the...

Harper Adams raises tuition fees

18th AprilPosted by Louise Taylor

Harper Adams University College (Newport) has announced that it will increase its annual tuition fees to £9,000 a year from 2012.  This follows both the Royal Agricultural College at Cirencester and Reading Unversity announcing that they will increase fees from 2012.

Principal David Llewellyn said: “A degree from Harper Adams University College represents an outstanding investment for all of our students at a time when the land-based sector is addressing the global challenges of...

Is valuation an art or a science?

9th MarchPosted by Louise Taylor

If you have been following our blog, you will know that I am currently studying a Masters in Rural Estate and Land Management at Harper Adams University College.

My current piece of coursework is to value a ficticious estate close to Market Drayton for lending purposes.  The only easy bit is finding comparable evidence (if I can't, no-one will!).  The difficulty comes not in doing the valuation calculations, which I have to admit are...

Tutition fees will affect agriculture industry.

16th DecemberPosted by Louise Taylor

Students have warned that the Government's controversial plan to increase university tuition fees will impact heavily on agricultural students and potentially leave a huge gap in the rurual workforce.

The proposals passed through the House of Lords with little difficulty this week after the opposition failed to overturn last week's vote in the House of Commons.

Under the new proposals universities in England will be able to charge up to £9,000 a year, although students will not...

Succession Planning in Farming - is there a problem?

24th NovemberPosted by Louise Taylor

Succession planning is generally recognised as a key aspect in the strategic development of a family owned business.  However reports by Smiths Gore, ADAS Consulting and a whole host of other agriculture specialists are raising concerns that there is insufficient focus on succession planning in UK farming family businesses.

Whilst many farmers have planned for the future, there is a growing number who have not made adequate plans or even discussed it with their family.  As part of her...

Succession planning in UK farming - is it really a problem? Tell us what you think!

28th OctoberPosted by Louise Taylor

Those of you following our blog will know that I have started on a Masters Programme in Rural Estate and Land Management at Harper Adams University College. 

My first assignment was a critical literature review and the subject I chose was succession planning in owner occupied farming families  in the UK - a fairly broad subject to say the least.  There is considerable literature available, but much of the research is geographically localised and is not broad enough to give us a real...

My first week at Harper Adams University College!

29th SeptemberPosted by Louise Taylor

Those of you who regularly read our blog will be aware that I have enrolled on a Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Estate and Land Management (REALM) at Harper Adams University College.  The course is part time (although it can be done full time in a year) and I have elected to do a module a month for the next few months.

The first module was Reasearch and Information Skills - a bit daunting after so many years out of academia but I found the help available in all areas of the University...

Post Graduate Diploma in Land Management

21st SeptemberPosted by Louise Taylor

The team at Barbers Rural is always striving to improve our service to clients and with this in mind I have enrolled on the Postgraduate Diploma in Rural Estate and Land Management at Harper Adams University College. 

As a mature student it is quite daunting to be getting back into academic work but so far so good - I managed to get through the first day without too much trauma!.  The team at Harper are fantastic and very inspiring - there is a clear committment to the success of all...

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