Undergraduate student life during Covid-19


You may have read that some universities are continuing with hybrid learning; including online teaching. This isn't our plan for Hartpury University.

We believe that face-to-face teaching is key to your learning experience. That's why we’re planning to continue almost all teaching contact time at Hartpury – 15 hours per week in the first year; 25% above the UK average – in-person – in line with government guidance, to ensure the safety of everyone in our Hartpury community.

Hartpury Sports Coaching students take part in outdoor practical session

Rest assured that you’ll benefit from our high-quality teaching on campus – rated in the top 20 in the UK in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022. You’ll have a maximum of two hours online; largely for project-based modules. Assessments will be a mix of online and on site, but in case of any restrictions, we'll be able to move the majority online as we did successfully last year.

We’re lucky to have a beautiful rural campus with plenty of outdoor space for academic and social activities. Indeed, for much of the pandemic our students have been able to utilise our high-quality facilities in a Covid-secure environment – including our commercial farm, 70-species animal collection, equine centre and world-class sports facilities – to gain the industry expertise employers expect from Hartpury graduates.

On campus, we’ve put safety measures in place to protect our students as they live and study here – including one way systems, mask zones and ample hand sanitiser stations. We’ll continue to risk-assess our activities in relation to Covid-19 and establish relevant measures as needed.

“Over the past few months, Hartpury has done everything it can to make sure we still receive the best standard of education, despite the pandemic.”

Tom, BSc Veterinary Nursing student

"Hartpury student life is still great, even during the pandemic. Students are still out riding, playing sports, working with animals, and taking part in practical sessions – in a Covid-secure way, of course!”

Rosie, Australian BSc Equestrian Sports Science student

Student support

Our outstanding student support services (voted in the top 10 in the UK in the What Uni Student Choice Awards, 2020) have continued to support students to be the best they can be. Our employability (ICE), academic support (ASC) and wellbeing teams and facilities have remained open, with online and face-to-face sessions offered flexibly across all areas to suit students’ needs.

“Whether appointments with the ASC are face-to-face, over the phone or online due to CV19, the level of support continues to be outstanding.” Edward, BSc Agriculture student

Extra IT and library support have been made available also to ensure students can make the best of their studies. Thousands of online ebooks and journals, a tightly scheduled click-and-collect reservation system and Royal Mail have kept our students connected with the literature they need to succeed.

“The online booking system for desks has been great – it keeps numbers down and guarantees you a space.” Emily, BSc Agriculture student

Final note

We very much hope that the above helps you to feel confident that the quality of the experience that you'll have, as one of our future students*, is our top priority.

Don’t forget to read the unexpected thank you note we received from our Students’ Union in February 2021.

*Subject to meeting requirements of your offer

Read letter from SU

“I’ve been thoroughly supported throughout the pandemic. Online lectures are interactive and engaging, and lecturers always offer one-to-one tutorials. I’ve enjoyed the lab sessions, which are run in small groups in a covid-secure way. The rural campus is great for scenic walks and relaxing.”

Dhruvpal, Indian MSci Equine Science student

Male student working with a horse in the Equine Therapy Centre