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Advice and tips


Tips for agriculture students on securing financial help

So you’ve decided what you are going to study and where – next comes the question of how you are going to pay for it. While students can get loans…


18 top tips to help you nail those exams

Have you got exams looming? Revision is never fun and it can be easy to become stressed as the pressure mounts and the days count down. We can’t guarantee you…


What's next? Options for farmers' children leaving school

A new year brings new beginnings - and for school leavers, this means considering what will happen after exams are finally over. What’s the best choice - home to the…


10 tips for preparing your CV

A Curriculum Vitae (CV) is often the first stage of a job application. It should promote an individual and highlight their credentials in order to help them get an interview…

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Case studies


4 ways into a successful farming career

When it comes to studying there are numerous ways to prepare yourself for a successful career in farming. We talk to four young people who have taken four very different…


FW Awards: Ag Student of the Year finalists 2018

Britain's agricultural students are our future farmers, advisers, managers and skilled workers – without their energy the industry would be lost. All three of our Ag Student of the Year…


Dairy students taught how to maximise milk from forage

All aspects of the grass-based system employed by staff and students at Chichester College’s Brinsbury campus farm in Pulborough, West Sussex, are geared towards maximising the production of milk from…

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World’s top agricultural universities in 2019

Whether you're a prospective student longing to study at one of the world’s most esteemed universities for agriculture courses or simply looking for bragging rights – look no further than…


Josh Dowbiggin: A placement year is the best thing I ever did

At a recent meeting of dairy farmers, I was asked by an attendee: “What makes the employment rate of Harper Adams University so high?” There are lots of possible answers…


3 super-simple recipes for skint and starving students

Just started a new term at agriculture college or university? Top farm chef Philippa Vine shares some incredibly simple ideas for cooking meals in big batches or with your mates…


Josh Dowbiggin: 7 tips for your first job in farming

For any university graduate, starting in the working world can be a daunting process. We all want to ensure we make the right impression, but there is more to the…

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Coronavirus: How ag studies will restart in September

Education leaders are having to adapt to changing government advice as they try to plan the teaching of thousands of new and returning students come September. Despite all the uncertainty…


How a computer game is fostering new interest in farming

The phenomenon that is the online game Farming Simulator is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. Farmers Weekly looks at the very real impact it is having on modern-day farming. A…

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Potential lifeline for Newton Rigg as review announced

Newton Rigg College in Cumbria, which has been earmarked for closure next year, could enjoy a stay of execution, following the announcement of new strategic review co-ordinated by the Further…


Askham Bryan college campus earmarked for closure

Askham Bryan College’s Newton Rigg Campus in Cumbria has been earmarked for closure due to financial losses and falling student numbers. The campus near Penrith is due to close in…


Consultation on future of Easton and Otley College opens

A public consultation has been launched on plans to split up Easton and Otley agricultural college in East Anglia, and merge it with two other colleges. Views are being sought…


Harper Adams and RAU among top for student satisfaction

Harper Adams University has been revealed as the joint first university in England and joint third university in the UK for student satisfaction. The opinions of students graduating this year…

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Opinion: How relevant is my ag degree when job seeking?

As students up and down the country are coming to the end of their degree courses, the pressure of a new question now looms over them – what next? For…

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VIDEO: Harper scoop top prize in review contest

A team from Harper Adams has won Farmers Weekly's "review your college or Uni" competition, netting the £200 first prize. The competition was part of our in-depth feature profiling a…

Harper brings comedy to the countryside

Six of Britain's top comedians travelled to rural Shropshire at the weekend for a one-of-a-kind comedy event at Harper Adams University College. Comedy in the Country brought together acts including…

The Wurzels gear up for star turn

Fans of The Wurzels will be pleased to know that the scrumpy-loving West Country band are about to release a new album. A Load More Bullocks will feature a selection…

College Calendar: Steve Mears enjoys The Wurzels

Checked shirts, flat caps, handkerchiefs and moleskin trousers are not normally associated with many universities. However, it quickly becomes the norm here at Harper Adams when The Wurzels perform. The…

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