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University ranked in UK’s top 10 per cent by students

Written by: Andrew Merrell | Posted 20 July 2020 8:28

University ranked in UK’s top 10 per cent by students

One of Gloucestershire’s three universities has been rated among the top 10 per cent in the UK in the 2020 National Student Survey. 

Ninety per cent of its students said they were satisfied with the quality of their course, compared with a sector average of 82.65 per cent, and would recommend the specialist institution to others. 

Six courses at the University of Hartpury, just north of Gloucester and the newest university in the UK, received 100 per cent overall student satisfaction. 

Those courses were BSc Equestrian Sports Science; BSc Sport and Exercise Sciences, FdSc Equine Veterinary Nursing, FdSc Equine Performance, Diploma in Veterinary Nursing, BSc Sports Coaching.

Russell Marchant, vice-chancellor of Hartpury University, said: “Honest feedback from our students about their experiences at Hartpury matters a very great deal to us, so we’d like to say a big thank-you to everyone who took part in the 2020 National Student Survey. 

“We’re extremely encouraged by the results from this year’s survey, particularly as overall student satisfaction has risen from 86 per cent last year to 90 per cent this year, which reflects our continuing focus on providing the best possible student experience.

Scenes from the 2019 graduation at Hartpury - staged at Gloucester Cathedral

“As a specialist institution, we’re committed to providing our students with everything they need to fulfil their potential and their passion within a happy and welcoming environment that’s alive with ideas and ambition.“But there is always room for improvement and we’ll be working hard to achieve even better results in next year’s survey, in our continuing pursuit of excellence.” 

Hartpury – the only educational institution in Gloucestershire to be awarded Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework – received at least 90 per cent student satisfaction for: teaching on course (90 per cent); staff’s ability to explain (95 per cent); course is intellectually stimulating (90 per cent); improved career prospects as a result of course (90 per cent); placements valuable to learning (91 per cent); learning has benefited from modules informed by research (92 per cent).

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Aimed mainly at final-year undergraduate students, the National Student Survey (NSS) gathered opinions from nearly half a million students about their time in higher education, asking them to provide honest feedback about what it has been like to study on their course at their institution. 

The information is aimed at helping prospective students decide where and what to study, while institutions will use the survey to help them improve the student experience.


The results of the 2020 National Student Survey follow the recent announcement that Hartpury was among the top 10 universities in the UK for student support in the Whatuni Student Choice Awards. 

Hartpury University, home to more than 2,000 students, offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in sport, equine, animal, agriculture and veterinary nursing, as well as postgraduate research and PhD qualifications. 

Hartpury University – formerly University Centre Hartpury since 1997 – was officially granted university status in September 2018. 

Students have access to the largest equine educational establishment in the world, cutting-edge sports facilities, an extensive animal collection, an animal therapy centre, science laboratories with industry standard equipment and a fully working farm.