Hartpury has proudly hosted a very special and unique event in its 71-year history – its first graduation ceremony since being granted university title.
Hundreds of Hartpury University graduates took to the stage to celebrate their success in front of their families, relatives and friends at the momentous occasion at Gloucester Cathedral.
Hartpury University also awarded its first honorary degrees to three former governors: Mark Davison and the late Martin Baber for services to the local community, agriculture and education; Jane Holderness-Roddam CBE in recognition of her contribution to equestrian sport and to the promotion of equine-related education.
It had operated as University Centre Hartpury alongside Hartpury College, which was established in 1948, as an Affiliated Institution and designated an Associate Faculty of the University of the West of England (UWE) since 1997.
Vice-Chancellor Russell Marchant said: “We’re very proud to have held our very first graduation ceremony as Hartpury University.
“The Graduation Ceremony is an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of our students, whose commitment, drive and ambition continues to be an immense source of pride for everyone associated with Hartpury.
“Throughout our journey to university title, our students have always remained the most important people.
“University title reflects the standards and quality of the teaching, learning and research conducted at Hartpury by our students and staff.
“Importantly, it also highlights the impact we can have on our industries by training the next generation of people who will work in agriculture, sport, equine, animal and veterinary nursing in the UK and across the globe.
Hartpury University has enjoyed another highly successful 12 months since it was awarded university title.
It is the only educational institution in Gloucestershire to be awarded Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), which ranks providers based on their teaching and learning for students, putting it among the top higher education providers nationally.
In addition, 98% of graduates from Hartpury University are in employment or further study within six months after graduating (HESA, 2018).
Hartpury University was ranked third in the UK for part-time student satisfaction in the Postgraduate Student Experience Survey 2019.
Picture: Hartpury University graduates at the 2019 Graduation Ceremony