Hartpury gets university status
Hartpury has been officially granted university status by the government in a landmark year for the award-winning institution.
Hartpury University – formerly University Centre Hartpury – will operate alongside Hartpury College on its state-ofthe-art 360-hectare campus just outside Gloucester and Cheltenham.
It follows the Privy Council’s decision to approve Hartpury’s application for university title after a stringent and rigorous assessment process.
Hartpury’s journey towards achieving university status over the past six years has included being granted Taught Degree Awarding Powers (TDAP) (2017) and receiving the Gold award in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) (2017).
Achieving university title ensures graduates are recognised globally, illustrating the standards and quality of the teaching, learning and research conducted at Hartpury.
Hartpury University will continue to be a specialist institution, ensuring it meet the needs of industry by producing graduates with the appropriate skills and knowledge to have a positive impact globally in their future careers.
As Hartpury University, the institution will have even more opportunities to work closely with industry partners to conduct research that answers their questions and informs future practice.
Hartpury University vice-chancellor Russell Marchant says, “Achieving university status has been a strategic ambition for us, for the last six years.
It has been an incredible journey and we’re excited to have finally reached our destination, especially as this year Hartpury College celebrates its 70th Anniversary.
“University title recognises the quality of the teaching at Hartpury, which is also evidenced by our recent TEF Gold, and the wide range of research projects in our specialist areas of Agriculture, Animal, and Equine and Sport.
“Importantly, it also highlights the significant impact we can have on our industries by training the next generation of people who will work in agriculture, sport, equine and animal in the UK and across the globe.”
Russell Marchant (back row, centre) with Hartpury University staff and students, and chair of governors Edward Keene (front row, second right), and Mark Harper MP (front row, far right)