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.

We pride ourselves on conducting exceptional applied research and scholarship. Following our last institutional review by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) in 2011, the culture of research and scholarly activities that exist here were highlighted as a key area of good practice.

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.


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 - featuring many high profile sports coaches and coach educators among the keynote speakers - the UFAW Student Animal Welfare Conference and the Alltech-Hartpury Student conference.

Events such as these not only enable staff to share their research, scholarship and practice with other experts in the field, but 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.

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 also 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.

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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.

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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.

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