Harper Adams has hit back at claims that students are turning their backs on courses in the land-based sector.

Despite farming’s problems – and the imminent rise in fees to £3000 a year for most degrees – the September intake is set to be higher than at any point in the Shropshire college’s 105-year history.

“The official figures from UCAS put us a good 6% higher than this time last year and last year was a particularly good year,” says head of recruitment Richard Jopling.

Young people remain confident about the future of farming and keen to pursue careers in this sector, he says.

Students can also get help to pay the new fees from government and from scholarships and bursaries, meaning over 70% at Harper will end up better off under the new system, he claims.

“I keep reading these gloomy prognoses, but the truth is that the new fee arrangements are not affecting the situation as much as everybody had anticipated.”

 

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