Hartpury College

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Hartpury University and Hartpury College
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Hartpury logo
TypeFurther education college and university
EstablishedCollege: 1947
University status: 2018
PrincipalRussell Marchant[1]
Location, ,
AffiliationsUWE (validation of research degrees)

Hartpury College, officially Hartpury University and Hartpury College, is a provider of further and higher education which describes itself as specialising in the "agriculture, animal, equine, sport and veterinary nursing" sectors.[2] The university and college is set in a 360-hectare estate located in Hartpury, near Gloucester, in Gloucestershire, England.[3]


The college was established in the post-World War II era of the late 1940s, as an agricultural college with 50 students.[4] The college remained relatively unchanged until 1990, when a rapid expansion programme started with the provision of a larger variety of further education courses.

Hartpury's link with the University of the West of England (UWE) began in 1997 when Hartpury was awarded Associate Faculty status.[5] In 2017, Hartpury was granted ‘Taught Degree Awarding Powers’ (TDAP),[6] and in the same year was awarded the Teaching Excellence Framework Gold award.[7] Hartpury College gained full university status in 2018 and changed its name to Hartpury University and Hartpury College.[8][9]


In the grounds of the college stands a Victorian bee shelter. The structure, known as a bee bole, is a Grade II* listed building.[10]


Rugby union[edit]

Hartpury College is known for its development of rugby players, with many former students playing at the highest level.[11] The college hosts Hartpury University R.F.C, which has a close association with the professional club Gloucester Rugby.


In 2010 Gloucester Rowing Club and Hartpury College set up a centre to enable Hartpury students to participate in one of the Great Britain's rowing team centres. In the relationship the students become members of the Gloucester Rowing Club where they access the rowing facilities. In return the senior rowers from the club are able to access the training facilities at the college. The relationship has brought significant success at national and international level.[12]

Alumni association[edit]

The college has an alumni association called Connect, with membership extending to former students from both Further and Higher Education programmes, as well as current and former members of staff.[13]

2017 student expulsion[edit]

In June 2017 the college expelled one student and suspended several others following a police investigation into images circulated online and on social media depicting students from Hartpury College apparently killing a fox cub and posing with a dead cat.[14][15][16] The College and Gloucestershire police both issued statements concluding they were satisfied the killing of the fox was not an act of cruelty, and that one of the students, who was training as a gamekeeper, had killed the animal to end its suffering after it had been hit by road traffic. The police declined to take further action[17][18]


  1. ^ "Meet the team". Retrieved 22 December 2019.
  2. ^ a b "About Us". Retrieved 22 December 2019.
  3. ^ "Hartpury University and Hartpury College Archives - TASS". tass.gov.uk. Retrieved 3 January 2020.
  4. ^ "History". Retrieved 3 January 2020.
  5. ^ "Hartpury University - UWE Bristol". Retrieved 3 January 2020.
  6. ^ "Hartpury becomes second FE college to earn degree awarding powers". FE Week. 31 July 2017. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  7. ^ "TEF Outcomes - Hartpury University". Office for Students. Retrieved 3 January 2020.
  8. ^ "The new addition to Gloucestershire approved by the Queen's advisors". Gloucestershire Live. Retrieved 3 January 2020.
  9. ^ "Gloucestershire's Hartpury college awarded university status". Business and Innovation Magazine. Retrieved 3 January 2020.
  10. ^ Historic England. "Bee shelter 50M E of St Mary the Virgin (Grade II*) (1341879)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 14 August 2021.
  11. ^ "evealed: The staggering number of Hartpury College products playing national level rugby". Retrieved 22 December 2019.
  12. ^ "Gloucester Hartpury". British Rowing.
  13. ^ "JOIN OUR ALUMNI". Retrieved 22 December 2019.
  14. ^ College launches investigation after footage which allegedly shows pupils slaughtering fox cub is posted on social media, Gloucestershire Live, accessed 07-06-17
  15. ^ Sick video showing 'students butchering fox cub' to be investigated by police, Bristol Post, accessed 07-06-17
  16. ^ "Agriculture college throws out students for killing animals and posting pictures on Snapchat 'as part of a game'". Retrieved 22 December 2019.
  17. ^ Fox killing by Hartpury students 'not act of cruelty', BBC, accessed 08-06-17
  18. ^ Students banned from Hartpury College after sick images of the slaughter of a fox and pet cat go viral, Gloucestershire Live, accessed 08-06-17

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Coordinates: 51°54′26″N 2°17′58″W / 51.90724°N 2.29936°W / 51.90724; -2.29936