Communities of Practice

Hartpury as an organisation has made an ongoing strategic commitment to nurturing our staff and student body to enable them to co-create and undertake research and knowledge exchange activities that have the potential to make a real-world difference across our subject areas.

Communities of Practice (CoP) are a key component for this aspiration to be successful. CoP are not just about research, they provide an interface between research, curriculum and broader industry and practice, where like-minded individuals across the institution can come together to make great ideas happen.

What is a Community of Practice?

Communities of Practice comprise a group of people who share a common passion and who are motivated to work together to move forward a common purpose related to their shared interest. Members may be Hartpury staff, PG students, industry or business links, or other external partners who have a key interest in the topic and aim of the group.

Please use the convener email links listed below to contact any of the groups you are interested in.

Canine Sport & Performance

Convener: Lucy Bearman-Brown lucy.bearman-brown@hartpury.ac.uk

The Canine Sport & Performance Community of Practice will focus on different aspects of the field, including biomechanics, nutrition, behaviour, training and dog-handler interaction.

We have recently established partnerships with the Kennel Club’s GB Agility team and the British Flyball Association which will support research in these rapidly developing dog sports to underpin and inform the projects we will undertake through this CoP. We’re keen to work with those with human and animal specialisms.

Hartpury Headstart

Convener: Linda Greening linda.greening@hartpury.ac.uk

Headstart is a programme of outreach activity developed to help level 3 students raise awareness and student aspirations around higher education and careers. Within this programme students are encouraged to self-reflect and further develop academic study skills. This community of practice will involve considering how best to evaluate the activity in terms of impact and how to roll this out on a larger scale.

Science Communication – Within the Community, Events and Cheltenham Science Festival

Convener: Aisling Carroll aisling.carroll2@hartpury.ac.uk

This community will focus primarily on two aspects: bringing science to the community and Cheltenham Science Festival. The hope is to achieve these aspects by utilising every opportunity to engage the public, industry and schools through all the events and activities we already run and to get the planning and preparation of CSF up and running so that we can make the most of this very worthwhile event. There will hopefully also be opportunity to get involved in STEM mentoring or education/career support with STEM learning.

Exotic Pet Health and Welfare 

Convener: Dr Alison Wills alison.wills@hartpury.ac.uk

This community of practice aims to investigate key issues associated with the health and welfare of common exotic pet species including rabbits, guinea pigs and rodents. Outcomes of research projects are intended to directly inform practice of pet owners and industry to promote improved welfare for these species. As many health and welfare problems of these species are linked to husbandry, both owner and veterinary understanding of the specialist requirements of these species is paramount.

Student Engagement

Convener: Dr Kate Wilkinson kate.wilkinson@hartpury.ac.uk

The Student Engagement Community of Practice aims to bring together projects and people from around the University looking into many aspects of student engagement.

It hopes the community of practice will encourage collaborative scholarship and research and bring together like minded staff. It is hoped that the community will have face to face conversations and continued online contributions to foster creativity and innovation and share best practice within the University.

Equestrian Coaching 

Convener: Marianne Davies marianne.davies@hartpury.ac.uk

This community of practice will focus on coaching in equestrian sports. The goal is to develop a community that is truly transdisciplinary. The goal of the group is to learn more about the wider influences that impact equestrian coaching and identify the opportunities and challenges of effectively revolutionising training, welfare, safety and coaching practice.

Researchers and professionals are invited to join from all related areas including: coaching, skill acquisition, psychology, motivation, animal ethology, equine learning, welfare, physiotherapy, biomechanics, physiology, kinanthropometry, strength & conditioning, traditional and adventure sports. 

         

Hartlinx

Convener: Dr Gareth Knox gareth.knox@hartpury.ac.uk

The Hartlinx Community of Practice focusses on the physical activity of children and adolescents. More specifically, Hartlinx is concerned with the determinants of physical activity and associations with outcomes such as obesity, diabetes, mental health, academic performance and fitness. Further to this, promotion of physical activity within this group is a priority of Hartlinx, looking to develop sustainable and cost effective interventions within schools and the community.

One welfare; one wellbeing

Convener: Philip Watson philip.watson@hartpury.ac.uk

This Community of Practice aims to look at welfare and wellbeing within the agriculture sector. It will link to farmer and farm worker wellbeing and welfare, animal welfare and wellbeing, environmental wellbeing and sustainability, and business performance and sustainability.

Human-wildlife Interactions

Convener: Lucy Bearman-Brown lucy.bearman-brown@hartpury.ac.uk

Our aim is to bring together stakeholders from different backgrounds and with diverse disciplinary expertise and interests, who have a common goal of understanding and ensuring positive human wildlife interactions.

If you're interested in wildlife, or people who engage with, live alongside, care or have views about wildlife then please join us. It is hoped that our activities will be as diverse as the subject, including practical activities on the Hartpury Campus and further a-field, conducting research and informing teaching.

Animal Behaviour and Welfare Research

Convener: Ben Brilot ben.brilot@hartpury.ac.uk

This community of practice includes weekly informal meetings in order to discuss current topics/areas of interest/research, encourage peer feedback, and to promote collaboration and opportunities for staff development

Responses and adaptation during maturation and ageing

Convener: John Fernandes john.fernandes@hartpury.ac.uk

This group aims to explore the the acute responses and chronic adaptations to exercise in youths and older populations. The information gained from these data will inform the practices of those working in the applied setting. These projects will also provide a mechanistic underpinning for any observed effects.

Pavia Rowing Project

Convener: Debbie Cox debbie.cox@hartpury.ac.uk

The Pavia Rowing Project will set biomechanics and physiology investigations around rowing. This project will involve collaboration between Hartpury University and the University of Pavia, Italy. Reciprocal visits of rowers and coaches between Hartpury and Pavia will allow for data to be collected on water as well as in the laboratory. The collaboration will be celebrated by an annual boat race alternating each year between Hartpury and Pavia.

Dream Big

Convener: Prof. Steve Draper Stephen.draper@hartpury.ac.uk

This Community of Practice will provide sports science and other support to para-olympian adventure racing and Hartpury alumni Mel Nicholls, following her successful world record cycling from Land’s end to John o’ Groats, this group will be supporting her in her next endeavour.

Hartpury Bee Research

Convener: Stephen Parker stephen.parker@hartpury.ac.uk

This community of practice plans to put together a proposal to research the Antimicrobial effects of dairy products against Paenibacillus larvae (the causative agent of American Foulbrood in honey bees) using the Hartpury bee collection. We hope the results could offer a tool for the beekeeping world in the fight to combat this disease.

Human-equine interactions

Convener: Emma Davies emma.davies5@hartpury.ac.uk

This community of practice considers the psychosocial and physiological effects of our interaction with horses, and how horses may be used to benefit society. As an evolving area which crosses both the human and equine worlds, we see this as a unique opportunity to be at the forefront of this diverse and increasingly popular area of activity.

Cardio-respiratory research group

Convener: Jenni Douglas jenni.douglas@hartpury.ac.uk

This community of practice will offer free laboratory testing to staff and students as part of ongoing research into endurance performance. Staff and student athletes can be part of this group as researchers and/or participants.