Hartpury College University Mansion House

Our history

Hartpury University and Hartpury College

Hartpury was established after World War II as an agricultural education centre with only 50 students. Today, we have more than 4,500 with record numbers of students studying at both the university and the college.

Hartpury remained relatively unchanged until 1990, when a new Principal initiated a rapid expansion programme, starting with the provision of a larger variety of college courses.

The first higher education degree in Equine Studies was introduced in 1992, followed by the first degree programme in Equine Science in 1994. In 1999, the first Masters degree programme opened with the first PhD student coming in 2004.

In 2017, Hartpury was granted ‘Taught Degree Awarding Powers’ (TDAP) and we will award our own degrees from September 2018. This provides us with the independence to grow and further strengthen our higher education offering.

Hartpury has had the acorn as its symbol for over 20 years. More than just a reflection of the beautiful countryside that surrounds us, it symbolises the potential that lies within us all.

Hartpury provides everything the acorn will need to grow - the best facilities, the best staff, and the best environment to support students’ ability to grow strong.