Thomas Adams pupils from Wem enjoy taster university session at Harper Adams

Published date: 14 July 2017 |
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PUPILS from Thomas Adams School in Wem have taken part in an event preparing them for life at university.

The students were part of a 70-strong cohort who headed to Harper Adams University in Newport, Shropshire, for the 2017 ‘Harper Means Business’ education day activity, in association with Higher Horizons, a branch of the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP) which encourages students to pursue university careers.

Jane Headley, a senior tutor at the university, says the purpose of the day was to introduce students to life at university and were delighted with how it went.

“We run it for two reasons,” she said. “We run it primarily to let students on to campus to look at a university, but also for us it’s just good to get to know our local schools and colleges.

“We’re a bit hidden sometimes here at Harper so it’s just good to open our doors, to invite them in to do something to just find out a bit more about the fact we’re here.

“We ran this event for the first time last year. I think the students went home happy.”

She continued: “Although the university’s roots are in agriculture and food production – and this year’s event was based around the breakfast food supply chain – business is a much more general subject and students by no means require a prior knowledge of the food industry.”

Morning lectures at ‘Harper Means Business’ gave the students a taste of university teaching style, meaning the day started with an inspirational keynote lecture from Professor Wim de Koning, about his own time at university.

Wim told the visitors he failed his first term at university, but with hard work and perseverance managed to get his studies back on track and eventually achieved a doctorate.

An interactive social media lecture conducted by Harper Adams graduate Archie Homer educated the students on Google analytics and how an internet search can affect Google data, using the example of the pupils’ preferred breakfast eggs.

Another lecture related to the supply chain and how a growing global population has affected supply and demand.

Ten parallel activities followed in the afternoon, with each student participating in two each. 

Activities included supermarket product specifications, ‘game theory’, economics in the milk trade and the sugar content of tomatoes, taught by Harper Adams University’s own lecturers.

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