Hart­pury gets univer­sity sta­tus

Cotswold Life - - EDUCATION NEWS -

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)

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