Student satisfaction hits new high at Hartpury


Students are happier at Hartpury than ever before according to the latest results of the National Student Survey (NSS).

The 2016 NSS shows that student satisfaction has risen again to 87% - higher than the sector average, up one percent on last year and up 9% since 2010-11.

Hartpury has increased or maintained their scores in 25 of 28 categories, with scores improving in 19 areas. The biggest jumps have been within the areas of feedback on work, good advice available when making study choices and access to specialised equipment and facilities.

The new student support initiatives that launched in 2016 have been a resounding success and have contributed to the improved scores. The Student Achievement and Graduate Employability (SAGE) programme underpins what the new Achievement and Success Centre offers to Hartpury students, with a mission to increase students’ skills, confidence and academic performance.

The 24/7 University Learning Centre also continues to expand and grow, which is reflected in higher scores in the NSS. The learning resources score has risen to 86%, while library resources and services satisfaction has risen from 85 to 89%.

For the second year running, the BA (Hons) Equine Business Management degree programme achieved an impressive 100% overall student satisfaction rate, while BSc (Hons) in Animal Behavior and Welfare, Equestrian Sports Science and Bio-Veterinary Science and Foundation degrees in Animal Behavior and Welfare, Veterinary Nursing Science and Equine Performance all scored more than 90%.

Russell Marchant, Hartpury Principal, said: “We’re always striving to improve the student experience here at Hartpury and it’s great to see those efforts paying off with student satisfaction levels rising yet again.

“We currently have our highest ever number of degree students and it’s really rewarding to know that they really value the quality of teaching, the resources and the advice and guidance they receive from all staff to ensure they can reach their potential and make the most of their time with us. It’s why so many of them go on to secure fantastic careers in the industries they choose.”

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