The number of new students at Hartpury has risen again amid near 100% approval for its Covid-19 measures and planning permission for stylish new facilities to enhance the student experience.
Enrolments at Hartpury College – an Ofsted Outstanding institution – grew overall by nearly 10% compared with 2019, with student numbers increasing across its range of courses, including land-based diplomas and A-levels.
Hartpury University, based on the same 360-hectare campus as Hartpury College, recorded an increase of 11% in new enrolments compared with 2019.
New postgraduate student enrolment in 2020 rose by 54% at Hartpury University – the only educational institution in Gloucestershire to be awarded TEF Gold – which included many international and EU students.
The figures reflect students’ positive evaluation about their learning experience at Hartpury, the measures put in place to tackle the impact of Covid-19 and the support provided both academically and in terms of health and wellbeing.
In a recent survey, 98% of Hartpury College students said they were feeling safe with the Covid-19 precautions in place on campus, while 95 per cent were finding their teaching inspiring and enjoyable.
Currently, Hartpury is teaching via a mixed-delivery model, which includes teaching face-to-face as much as possible within Government guidelines, combined with online lessons, to enable students to engage effectively with their courses.
Hartpury, which has more than 4,000 students, has also put in place a number of measures on campus to prevent the spread of Covid-19, including mask zones.
In its continuing drive to enhance the student experience, Hartpury has obtained planning permission for three key developments on campus, which will also support regional businesses and jobs.
The developments at Hartpury, which injected nearly £100 million into the regional economy according to the latest study (2016-17), include a new restaurant and café for students, staff and visitors.
Above the new restaurant will be a complex of classrooms that can also be utilised for larger events and conferences, with breakout spaces and study areas.
The second development, a new enlarged University Learning Hub, will incorporate quiet study areas, library, small meeting rooms and social study space, with a dedicated café and access to other university support services.
A 350-space car park will be built to assist with the growth in student numbers, as well as providing additional space for spectators’ vehicles at sporting events.
Driving Hartpury’s move towards sustainability, the car park will feature electric charging points, bicycle storage and improved flora diversification to increase the biodiversity.
Off campus, more high-quality accommodation is being created for Hartpury students as part of the Blackfriars development in nearby Gloucester city centre.
This modern living environment, providing an additional 190 beds and due to open in September 2022, will be an important addition to the portfolio of student accommodation for Hartpury University students.
The new developments are among of a programme of forward-looking initiatives at Hartpury, notably the recently opened £2 million Agri-Tech Centre that provides agriculture students with access to state-of-the-art technology.
Russell Marchant, Principal of Hartpury College and Vice-Chancellor of Hartpury University, said: “In what has been an extremely challenging year for everyone, we’re delighted that our student numbers are continuing to rise and, moreover, that students continue to be happy with their experience.
“The welfare and wellbeing of our students is always our top priority, so it’s reassuring that the feedback we’ve received from them about the measures we introduced to mitigate the impact of Covid-19 has been positive.
“Looking forward, we’re proud to be investing in new facilities that will help to further enhance the learning experiences for our students and their future prospects, with 98% of our university students in employment or further study within six months after graduating.
“Hartpury has been delivering specialist education for more than 70 years, including as university for the past two years, but our appetite for providing the best possible student experience is stronger than ever.”