Mike Draper

When did you join the RAU and what brought you here?

I joined the RAU in September 2014. It’s the RAU, who wouldn’t want to work here?

How did you get into Agriculture?

I come from a family farm and, for me, agriculture is in the blood. There was never a time that I didn’t want to be involved in the industry in one way or another.

What made you go into teaching?

I did not enjoy school as much as I should! Leaving school I went to work on a local dairy farm. After a couple of years I calculated that, perhaps, I was not in the best position for long term career prospects. I then went to an Agricultural County College to gain, at least, a qualification. College suited me (being treated as an adult and learning about farming – what would there be not to like). Within the first week, being exposed to lecturers, instead of teachers, I thought that would be a good job. After quite a few years at college and university I finally became a lecturer.

What do you enjoy about it?

What is there not to enjoy – discussing and learning about a subject that I love. Being around like minded, passionate people (students and staff), who have a vast range of experiences and knowledge, which we all share and gain from.

What would be your top tips for anyone thinking of starting a UG/PG course?

  • Start a course that is in a subject area that you are passionate about. Success will be never far away.
  • Enrol at a university that suits you – listen to yourself in where you feel you would want to study.