Hartpury University achieves outstanding graduate employability


Hartpury University has achieved excellent graduate employability figures in the latest Graduate Outcomes Survey released by HESA this year .

Survey results showed 96% of 2018/19 Hartpury graduates progressed into employment, further study or other purposeful activity, mirroring the institution’s results from the previous academic year (2017/18). 

More than half of Hartpury graduates went into full-time employment, while a further 16% secured part time employment. 7% went on to study either full or part time.

73% of graduates said they were using skills gained during their degree, higher than the UK national average of respondents (71%). Three-quarters of respondents also said their current activity fits with future plans.

Broken down by subject, Hartpury graduates are doing particularly well. 100% of veterinary nursing graduates, 90% of sport graduates, 86% of equine graduates and 84% of animal graduates are in employment or further study. 

100% of former postgraduate students from courses including MRes Animal Behaviour and WelfareMRes AnthrozoologyMRes Equestrian PerformanceMSc Veterinary PhysiotherapyMSc Applied Strength and Conditioning, and MSc Professional Development (Coaching Science) are all in employment or further study.

These results reflect Hartpury’s focus on student and graduate employability. Alongside nine campus businesses, which provide opportunities for students to gain work experience as part of or alongside their studies, connections with over 2,000 local, national and international organisations provide expert guest lecturers, work placement and graduate employment opportunities for students.

HESA, the Higher Education Statistics Agency, are experts in UK higher education data and are the designated data body for England. Graduate Outcomes is the biggest UK annual social survey and is designed to capture the perspectives and current work status of recent graduates. All graduates who completed a course were asked to take part in the survey 15 months after they finish their studies.

"Given the incredible challenges faced by many sectors during the pandemic, we are thrilled to see that Hartpury University graduates have achieved strong rates of employment for a second consecutive year. This is great example of the depth of skills and attributes that Hartpury students offer the working world, they should be collectively proud following graduation of their contribution” said Simon Spooner, Head of Innovation, Careers and Enterprise at Hartpury.