Hartpury University ranked in top 10% in UK by students

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Hartpury University is rated among the top 10% in the UK and number one in Gloucestershire in the 2020 National Student Survey.

Ninety per cent of its students are satisfied with the quality of their course, compared with a sector average of 82.65%, and would recommend the specialist institution to others.

Courses scoring 100 per cent student satisfaction at Hartpury, the newest university in the UK, included: BSc Equestrian Sports Science; BSc Sport and Exercise Sciences, FdSc Equine Veterinary Nursing, FdSc Equine Performance, Diploma in Veterinary Nursing, BSc Sports Coaching.

Areas in which Hartpury received at least 90% student satisfaction included: teaching on course (90%); staff’s ability to explain (95%); course is intellectually stimulating (90%); improved career prospects as a result of course (90%); placements valuable to learning (91%); learning has benefited from modules informed by research (92%).

Aimed mainly at final-year undergraduate students, the National Student Survey (NSS) gathers opinions from nearly half a million students about their time in higher education, asking them to provide honest feedback about what it has been like to study on their course at their institution.

The information is aimed at helping prospective students decide where and what to study, while institutions will use the survey to help them improve the student experience.

The results of the 2020 National Student Survey follow the recent announcement that Hartpury was among the top 10 universities in the UK for student support in the Whatuni Student Choice Awards.

Hartpury University, home to more than 2,000 students, offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Sport, Equine, Animal, Agriculture and Veterinary Nursing, as well as postgraduate research and PhD qualifications.

Russell Marchant, Vice-Chancellor of Hartpury University, said: “Honest feedback from our students about their experiences at Hartpury matters a very great deal to us, so we’d like to say a big thank-you to everyone who took part in the 2020 National Student Survey.

“We’re extremely encouraged by the results from this year’s survey, which reflect our continuing focus on providing the best possible student experience.

“As a specialist institution, we’re committed to providing our students with everything they need to fulfil their potential and their passion within a happy and welcoming environment that’s alive with ideas and ambition.

“Our students are central to everything we do and we want to ensure that every single one of them benefits from an outstanding learning experience.

“But there is always room for improvement and we’ll be working hard to achieve even better results in next year’s survey, in our continuing pursuit of excellence.”

Hartpury University – formerly University Centre Hartpury since 1997 – was officially granted university status in September 2018.

It is the only educational institution in Gloucestershire to hold a Gold award in the Teaching Excellence Framework.

Students have access to the largest equine educational establishment in the world, cutting-edge sports facilities, an extensive animal collection, an animal therapy centre, science laboratories with industry standard equipment and a fully working farm.

Picture: Graduates at Hartpury University's 2019 Graduation Ceremony (credit: Clint Randall)

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