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Reader in Beef Production

Animal Production, Welfare & Veterinary Sciences

Salary:   £51,630 to £59,828 per annum
Entry level is dependent upon relevant qualifications and experience
Closing Date:   Sunday 19 May 2019
Interview Date:  
Reference:  PM-62

Harper Adams University wishes to recruit a Reader in Beef Production who will develop a research and knowledge exchange programme. Harper Adams has an enviable reputation in the field of higher education and has remained true to its core values in agriculture, whilst meeting the ever increasing challenges faced by rural areas nationally and internationally.

The University provides specialist higher education across a broad range of subjects relating to the land, food and environment and the businesses associated with them. It has just over one-fifth of all undergraduate agriculture students in the UK and the only undergraduate provision in agricultural engineering. It is developing its postgraduate and research capabilities, with significant recent growth in applied research projects, associated income and improved performance in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. It also has sound relations with selected international partners that are helping to develop the global profile of the institution. Closer to home, the University’s estate has seen significant investment in the period since 2001 and plans are in place for further exciting developments that will keep Harper Adams at the forefront of provision for its students and staff. This includes creation of a Vet School (500 students) in collaboration with Keele University, due to open in 2020.

The role of Reader in Beef Production will ensure that the UK, and England in particular, will continue to contribute to the global effort on beef research. Our partnership with ABP Food Group, one of Europe’s leading food processors, is another example of what can be achieved when Universities and industry work in harmony. The University is a key institution in helping deliver Government’s Agri-Tech Strategy having been recipients of an investment in facilities to create part of the Centre of Innovation Excellence in Livestock (CIEL). The relationship between the University, industry and CIEL will be a key strategic priority in the next few years.

If you have any queries or questions or for an informal discussion please contact Peter Mills via email at

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Harper Adams University is one of the premier UK Higher Education Institutions focused on the land-based and food supply chain sector.

With 2800 undergraduate students, plus those completing postgraduate, research and CPD programmes, Harper Adams is the UK's largest single provider of higher education for these subjects.  Programmes fall into eleven broad subject areas – but none operate in isolation. Community and collaboration are key at Harper Adams, meaning everyone, including staff, students and industry partners, benefits from a close network of knowledge and opportunity exchange

Situated in Shropshire, the campus and the surrounding area provide an excellent working and living environment for staff and students alike.

Harper Adams is consistently positioned highly in a range of national ratings, performance measures and league tables. Its current graduate employment rate is 98% (the joint top rating in England) and student satisfaction stands at 93% (National Student Survey 2017).

Harper Adams is ranked as the UK’s Best Modern University by the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018; was named University of the Year in the 2016 and 2017 Whatuni Student Choice Awards and holds a Gold (highest level) award from the Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework.

In 2018 Harper Adams University will receive the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Further and Higher Education, part of the UK honours system.

Applied research is at the heart of the university’s activity, with the work of a thriving academic community underpinning both teaching and work with the industries allied to Harper. The 2014 Government Research Excellence Framework rated all of the university’s research as “of international quality”, and more than half was deemed “world leading” or “internationally excellent”.