Hartpury is ranked third in the UK for postgraduate student experience

Veterinary Nursing

University Centre Hartpury has been rated one of the best in the UK in a survey of nearly 90,000 postgraduates about the quality of their taught masters degrees for student experience.

Hartpury was ranked third out of more than 100 UK education institutions in the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2018 (PTES), with an 88 per cent overall student satisfaction score compared with a sector average of 79 per cent.

Hartpury offers taught masters qualifications in Equine, Sport, Animal and Veterinary Physiotherapy, as well as postgraduate research and PhD.

Hartpury students’ satisfaction in all areas of postgraduate-taught programmes matched or exceeded sector average, including:

  • Resources – 93.2% (sector average 85.1%)
  • Teaching – 90.5% (sector average 81.5%)
  • Engagement – 90.8% (sector average 78.8)
  • Organisation – 88% (sector average 71%)
  • Feedback – 88% (sector average 69%)

Hartpury was ranked number one in the UK for postgraduate employability in the 25-and-under category, with 96% stating they felt better prepared for a future career compared with a 76% sector average, and in the top five for under-30s.

It was also ranked in the highest quartile in the UK for postgraduate employment outcomes for all ages.

Rosie Scott-Ward, Vice-Principal of Higher Education, said: “With nearly 200 postgraduate students studying at Hartpury, it is fantastic to see that they recognise the value of the experiences and qualifications they gain.

“Our taught masters degrees are aimed at providing postgraduates with the in-depth knowledge and the confidence to achieve their ambitions, along with the skills to apply their research to tackle real-world problems.

“The results of the PTSE survey are a credit to the quality of the teaching as well as the commitment and dedication of the postgraduates themselves.

“It is incredibly pleasing that the students’ input of both time and money has been worthwhile in terms of their future career prospects, with employability being extremely important to us.

“However, while we’re pleased with third place overall, we will be doing all that we can to achieve top spot in future surveys!”

University Centre Hartpury is home to more than 1,650 students completing foundation and honours degrees as well as professional and postgraduate qualifications in Sport, Equine, Animal, Agriculture and Veterinary Nursing.

It is the only educational institution in Gloucestershire to be awarded Gold in the Teaching Educational Framework (TEF), while within six months of graduating 97 per cent of Hartpury students are in employment (2013-16 average, DLHE).

PTES is a UK-wide survey featuring 85,878 respondents and 106 institutions.

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