Student wellbeing


When you become a student at Hartpury, you become part of something bigger, part of a community. The ‘pury family’, as we know it, is a very special one indeed.

That aspect of our student experience was recognised by Ofsted in 2019 when they rated our pastoral care and support for residential students – most of whom are living away from home for the first time – as outstanding.

At Hartpury, there’s a network of support staff to ensure that you make a smooth transition from school to college life.

You’ll be assigned a personal tutor as soon as you arrive, who is there to provide you with all the support you need to reach your academic goals.

If you need a friendly ear, our Student Services and Wellbeing Teams can help with guidance and advice on everything from finance and accommodation to health and wellbeing.

The Student Zone

Our Student Zone is a one-stop shop where students can find all the support they need in one place. Set around a central courtyard, students can access:

  • Wellbeing services
  • Student finance
  • Accommodation
  • Student services
  • The Innovation, Careers and Enterprise Centre
  • The International team and Admissions
  • Transport
  • IT support
  • The Safeguarding team

Keeping you safe and well

Emotional problems and stress can affect your studies and finding the courage to ask for help can be hard.

If students are having difficulties support is available from the Wellbeing Centre who offer a daily term-time drop-in at 11:30am and 3:30pm (Mon to Fri) and can refer students to our onsite Student Counselling Service or our Student Assistance Programme.

The Wellbeing and Counselling Service teams offer a secure, caring and confidential environment where students feel valued and respected. We provide wellbeing support and free short term counselling, as well as signposting and connecting students with other services where appropriate.

Students and staff are actively encouraged and supported to let the safeguarding team know about any concerns they might have about young people on campus. Hartpury University and Hartpury College also has a designated safeguarding lead.

The Wellbeing Chaplain will help with spiritual and faith issues and also offer a listening ear when students need someone to talk to. They also offer space for quiet reflection or prayer and can also offer information about faith communities in the local area.

Staying healthy

If students need medical advice, they can book an appointment with the nurse through the Wellbeing Reception.

Sexual health services are available locally at Hope House in Gloucester. There is public transport from Hartpury to Gloucester should you need to access these services.


Every year, the college, with the support of the Gloucestershire Road Safety Partnership and Gloucestershire Healthy Living and Learning, hosts a ‘WellFest’ event - a day dedicated to helping students to keep their minds and bodies well.

Recognising the increase in mental ill health among young people, Wellfest puts the focus on keeping students healthy and happy and sees around 3000 students take part in activities and educational workshops.

Hartpury already runs workshops on anti-bullying, drugs and alcohol awareness, radicalisation awareness, sexual and mental health, sexual exploitation and much more. By inviting in other organisations for Wellfest, our students can access all the information and advice they need in one place and know where they can turn to for help.