Hartpury University ranked in the top 20% of UK universities for graduate employability


Hartpury University produces some of the UK’s most employable graduates, according to Graduate Outcomes, the official annual survey of recent graduates.

Survey results showed 97% of 2020 Hartpury University graduates were in employment, further study, or other purposeful activity, improving on the institution’s impressive results from the previous year. The results come days after the Gloucestershire-based university was named as the UK’s Top Mainstream University for Teaching in the National Student Survey and follows being voted 1st in the UK for Lecturers and Teaching Quality in the 2022 WhatUni Student Choice Awards.

Broken down by subject, Hartpury undergraduate and postgraduates are doing particularly well.

  • 100% of agriculture graduates in employment, further study or other purposeful activity
  • 100% of veterinary nursing graduates in employment or further study
  • 97% of animal graduates in employment, further study or other purposeful activity
  • 97% of sports graduates in employment, further study or other purposeful activity
  • 92% of equine graduates in employment, further study or other purposeful activity

100% of former postgraduate students from courses including MRes Animal Behaviour and WelfareMSc Equine ScienceMSc Veterinary PhysiotherapyPostgraduate Certificate Equestrian Performance and RehabilitationMSc Applied Strength and Conditioning, MSc Professional Development (Coaching Science) and Postgraduate Certificate Sports Coaching, 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.

Simon Spooner, Head of Innovation, Careers and Enterprise at Hartpury, said: “Our students continue to embody the Hartpury Graduate Attributes of being Professional, Independent, Responsible, Adaptable, and importantly Self-Aware, all assets that students develop alongside their studies here, these are all things that make them such great employees, so we are delighted that Hartpury University has shown strong rates of employment for a third consecutive year”

“We’re particularly pleased to have increased our overall employability score, and leapt ahead of the national average of meaningful activity, which is so important to the graduates career decision making process and also for prospective employers looking to lock in new talent in a challenging recruitment market.”