Research at Hartpury

Research is not something that we shut away in a laboratory. Alongside scholarship and practice, it's central to postgraduate life here.

Staff involve students in research, and in many cases, students lead research projects and the staff act as mentors and co-researchers. Each year we support hundreds of undergraduate research dissertations and many postgraduate research projects across a wide range of subject areas, a significant number of which go on to be published or presented at national and international conferences.

Research and Knowledge Exchange

‘World-Leading’ and ‘Internationally Excellent’

Research carried out by Hartpury University, submitted as part of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 process, has been recognised as ‘world-leading’ and ‘internationally excellent’, placing Hartpury amongst a prestigious group of well-established institutions.



As well as our staff and student researchers presenting at some of the most prestigious conferences all over the world, we also host research, scholarship and practice conferences. These have included the UK Coaching Certificate (UKCC) Level Four Community of Practice conference, the UFAW Student Animal Welfare Conference and the Alltech-Hartpury Student conference.

Events such as these enable staff to share their research, scholarship and practice with other experts in the field. They also provide a fantastic opportunity for postgraduate students to participate as full delegates and help them on their journey to becoming active researchers, scholars and practitioners.

Our research centres

Our research centres are home to some of the world's leading academic and industry experts that are working to drive positive change where it matters through research. 

Sport research

Our unique environment offers multi-million pound facilities, the chance to work with elite athletes across 10 sports academies and benefit from long-standing partnerships with major sports clubs and sporting organisations.

We’ve recently launched an exciting Intelligent Youth Athlete Development (IYAD) hub. This all adds up to a wealth of opportunities for staff and postgraduate research and professional development.

Sport and Exercise Research Centre

Animal and Agriculture research

We have a growing reputation for animal-related and land-based research. Students support staff with their projects and develop their own ideas in a broad range of areas, from agricultural science and agronomy to animal health, welfare, behavioural ecology and therapy.

Our postgraduate staff and students benefit from a wealth of research opportunities. From our wide variety of small and large domestic and exotic species, to 500-acre farm estate and in the canine hydrotherapy and equine therapy centres.

Animal and agriculture research centre

Equine research

With a worldwide reputation for its equine education and facilities, rider development, equine rehabilitation and international events, there’s no place like Hartpury to pursue postgraduate research.

Our equine therapy centre and new Rider Performance Centre are a hub for research that has made headlines in the UK and beyond and that is making a difference to the equine industry, top level competitors and horse welfare.

Equestrian performance research centre

Research and Knowledge Exchange

Interested in finding out more about our research, postgraduate opportunities and our research centres? Visit our Research and Knowledge Exchange hub to find out how we are driving positive change, innovating where it matters and finding solutions to real-world issues.

Research and Knowledge Exchange

Research Ethics at Hartpury University

Hartpury University promotes the highest standards in its research and teaching practice and conducts world-leading applied research across the agriculture, animal, equine, veterinary nursing and sport and exercise sectors. Our research and knowledge exchange directly informs taught programmes and real-world practice.

Research ethics statement