HARPER Adams University has underlined its commitment to the support and development of sustainable agri-food and rural businesses by creating a new academic department firmly focussed on future skills development, enterprise assistance and research.
Combining the strengths and heritage of two previous departments, the Food, Land and Agri-Business Management Department will first focus on the development of new undergraduate degree programmes for future supply chain professionals which will be essential to realise the goals of the new National Food Strategy, the first independent review of the UK’s food system in 75 years.
“To ensure we continue to deliver the kind of graduates the agri-food industry needs, we are conducting a full curriculum review to develop new courses that will grow student skill sets in innovation, enterprise, and sustainable supply chains alongside the traditional technical and commercial real-world skills associated with existing undergraduate programmes in these areas,” explained new Head of Department, Rebecca Payne (pictured).
The department will deliver the new food and business routes alongside the well-established Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors –accredited degrees in land and property management, including Rural Enterprise and Land Management, which has been taught at Harper Adams for more than 30 years and continues to evolve with the sector to deliver outstanding rural land management professionals. The REALM programme is complemented by routes in Rural Property Management and Real Estate.
The new department will officially launch on August 1. The re-designed undergraduate routes are expected to open for applications for 2023 entry.