Harper Adams University

Harper Adams Main BuildingHarper Adams Lab ResearchHarper Adams Crop ResearchLibrary Harper AdamsHarper Adams University (HAU) is an institution that is closely related to the needs of the rural economy and industries reliant upon the rural economy, with a specific commitment to sustainable agriculture, re-establishing connections between food producers and consumers, knowledge transfer to support the rural economy and the international dimension of environmental and food chain sustainability.

HAU is uniquely placed to address the challenges raised following the publication of the UK Food Strategy 2030. We have a multi-disciplinary research and knowledge transfer environment where we can bring together different perspectives to encourage a broader view about solutions to the challenges ahead of us. We have an infrastructure base that is among the best in the UK in our subject base, and we are well positioned to capitalise on the UK Government’s recognition that the improved use of rural land is of critical importance in the future.

There is a healthy research environment at Harper Adams, producing some exciting ideas and advances for the land-based sector. Research at Harper Adams is expanding rapidly, with a 51% increase in external funding from 2011 – 2012. HAU has research competence across the entire agri-food chain, offering farm facilities, laboratories, glasshouses, and engineering workshops, and provides links to small and medium sized enterprises within the agri-food sector.

Our research centres and facilities include:

Research Lead: Professor Peter Kettlewell

Peter Kettlewell is a crop physiologist with a Bachelors degree from Newcastle University, and a Masters and Doctorate from Cambridge University. He started as a Lecturer at Harper Adams University (then Harper Adams Agricultural College) in 1980, was promoted to Professor of Crop Physiology in 2010, and at the same time was appointed Research Co-ordinator for the University. In this role Peter manages research degrees at HAU, from marketing to award, and facilitates research funding applications.

In his own research, he previously worked with a climate scientist and discovered that the large-scale winter climate phenomenon, the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO), influenced summer crop production in the UK through an association of the winter NAO with summer weather. This research featured widely in the media including on the front page of the Daily Telegraph and on BBC News 24. His current research is focused mainly on improving crop tolerance to drought.

Further Information

Research degrees are available on both a full-time and a part-time basis. For information on admission procedures, current research areas, and funding opportunities, please visit the Harper Adams University Research Degrees website at www.harper-adams.ac.uk/research or contact research@harper-adams.ac.uk.

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