Harper Adams has case approved by Government after universities minister David Willetts recommends college to be one of ten higher education institutions to achieve university status.

Harper Adams University College has announced that its case for a university title has been approved by the Government.

Harper Adams University College looks set to achieve full university statusThe announcement comes after universities and science minister David Willetts recommended to the Privy Council that the college has met the criteria for such status.

Harper Adams principal David Llewellyn said: “The checks have now been completed and it is clear that we have met all of the criteria for the award of university title and for the change of our name to Harper Adams University.

“We await formal confirmation of the outcome by the Privy Council and look forward to receiving this news in the not too distant future.”

Mr Willetts has also recommended that nine other higher education institutions receive university status, including:

  • Leeds Trinity University College,
  • the Royal Agricultural College and
  • University College Birmingham.

Mr Willetts said: “These well-known and highly-regarded university colleges represent over 1,200 years of history between them. It is right to remove the barriers preventing high-quality higher education providers like these calling themselves universities simply because of their size.

“I am delighted that they have taken up the opportunity offered by our reforms.”

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