Research, scholarship and practice are central to what we do at Hartpury and feature prominently in our Higher Education Strategy. Following our last institutional review by the QAA in 2011, the culture of research and scholarly activities that exist at Hartpury were highlighted as a key area of good practice. This commitment to research and scholarly activity remains an important institutional focus.
We pride ourselves on conducting exceptional applied research and scholarship in the subject areas of Animal and Land, Equine and Sport. But research at Hartpury is not something that is shut away in a laboratory, we involve our students in our research, and in many cases our students lead research projects and we, the staff, act as mentors and co-researchers. Each year we support hundreds of undergraduate research dissertations and many postgraduate research projects across a wide range of subject areas, a significant number of which go on to be published or presented at national and international conferences.
Hartpury also hosts research, scholarship and practice conferences such as the UK Coaching Certificate (UKCC) Level Four Community of Practice conference, the UFAW Student Animal Welfare Conference and the Alltech-Hartpury student conference. Events such as these not only enable staff to share their research, scholarship and practice with other experts in the field, but provide a fantastic opportunity for students to participate as full delegates and help them on their journey to becoming active researchers, scholars and practitioners.