Scots agri-food students head south

Rebecca Entwistle

Rebecca Entwistle

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The number of Scots students at Harper Adams University in the Midlands is on the increase, so much so that the estblishment’s society of Scottish students is about to be resurrected.

Harper Adams University specialises in courses related to the agri-food sector, and has attracted between five and seven students a year onto foundation and bachelors’ degree courses. But in 2014 the new intake rose to 14, taking the total number of undergraduates above 40, with a further 18 Scots currently enrolled on post-graduate courses or working as research students.

Rebecca Entwistle, 21, from Cockburnspath, is a final-year bioveterinary science student at the university and has her vet school interviews coming up.

She said: “I had heard a lot about Harper Adams at school so applied here to do the bioveterinary course with a view to continuing to veterinary medicine as a postgraduate student.

“I had heard so many good things about Harper Adams that I didn’t even investigate whether I could do a similar course in Scotland.

“Having grown up in the countryside and attended a rural school, I like that Harper Adams is on a campus in the countryside. A city university would have been very daunting. There are only 16 people on my course, so we all know each other well. I’m also a member of the equestrian and field sports teams.

“For my placement year, I travelled south to work at Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park. I really enjoyed it – doing lots of hands-on work and gaining lots of experience.”