Hartpury animal and sport postgraduate degrees top in UK for ‘support’ and ‘skills development’


Hartpury University has been ranked number one in the UK by full-time postgraduate students in the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2023, for support across its postgraduate animal degrees and for skills development in its postgraduate sports degrees. 

Hartpury also ranks number two in the UK when it comes to overall student satisfaction with its postgraduate sports degrees, achieving 94% against a sector average of 86%. 

The university has notably high student satisfaction rates among students over the age of 31, finishing in the UK top three. Results overall mean Hartpury is a top 20 UK university for postgraduate teaching, engagement, assessment, organisation and support. 

The PTES is a higher education sector-wide survey to gain insight from taught postgraduate students – master’s, postgraduate certificate and postgraduate diploma qualifications – about their learning and teaching experience.

Specific areas examined are teaching and learning, engagement, assessment and feedback, organisation and management, and skills development. The survey also considers students’ motivations for taking their programme and – where relevant – their experience of undertaking a dissertation or major project. It was developed in consultation with the sector and robustly tested the survey across diverse disciplines, institutions and students to ensure it produces valid results.

Hartpury University offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in sport, equine, animal, agriculture and veterinary nursing subjects. 

Professor Andy Collop, Vice-Chancellor, Principal and CEO of Hartpury said: “We’re delighted with these results and are very grateful to those students who took part in the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2023. We continue to use a combination of these survey results alongside direct feedback from students, staff and employers, to further strengthen our postgraduate offering. 

“There’s never been a more exciting time to study a postgraduate degree at Hartpury and we’re looking forward to the opening of our new University Learning Hub in the next academic year, the first new facility intended exclusively for use by our university students. Our postgraduate students continue to make a real difference as they lead consultancy and community projects through initiatives like our Hartpury Sports Business Hub, or take part in research and knowledge exchange in the various industries in which we specialise.”

Applications to study a postgraduate degree at Hartpury University are open now.

It’s been a strong year for Hartpury University. In the latest data released by HESA’s Graduate Outcomes Survey 2023, 97% of Hartpury graduates are in employment, further study or other purposeful activity, placing the Gloucestershire institution first in the South West and in the top 10% of UK universities for graduate employability. Hartpury also ranks 1st in the South West and 6th in the UK for Teaching Quality, according to The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide for 2023.

Hartpury University was also recently named number one university in England for academic support, and a top 10 university for teaching, learning opportunities, and assessment and feedback (National Student Survey 2023, English Universities).