The Agricultural Engineering Innovation Centre at Harper Adams University provides high-quality applied learning for undergraduate and postgraduate engineering students in its world-class facilities that combine research and commercial ventures. As the only provider of undergraduate agricultural engineering programmes in the UK, the Centre plays a critical role in developing the UK’s advanced engineering response to government policy priorities, while also making a major contribution to agricultural research and education internationally. Housing the National Centre for Precision Farming (NCPF), its aims are to promote and evaluate the use of new technologies, and to provide a central point where agriculturalists can collaborate and disseminate the best practice found in the UK and abroad. Its two engineering workshops, covering 1,700m2, can accommodate vehicles up to 30 tonnes, with additional height allowing the economic use of carousel equipment, access to a viewing gallery and large-screen camera links, allowing the audience to view precision engineering techniques. The workshops are complemented by open-plan, air-conditioned offices that replicate a professional environment for research students working on group projects. The centre also boasts a mechatronics laboratory, equipped by our partners CLAAS Stiftung, and a research laboratory that can be configured to accommodate a range of small and medium-scale projects, with associated test equipment and space. Commercial partners include major players in the field, such as JCB, Jaguar Land Rover, John Deere, Alamo Group and the China Agricultural University. The Centre remains at the forefront of engineering innovation: in 2016, we launched the UK’s first robotic tractor, Pomona, the result of an international partnership with colleagues in Israel, Germany, Turkey, Switzerland, Greece, Italy and Denmark.


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