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Dr Jane Williams

Head of Research View website

Hartpury University

Hartpury University is a relatively new university, attaining University status in September 2018. Hartpury comprises a university, a college, and areas of commercial activity including outstanding sports facilities, human performance laboratories, the Rider Performance Centre, an international equestrian centre, and canine and equine therapy and rehabilitation centres. There are approximately 4,000 students (~50% study at the University) and it is amongst the world’s largest providers of equestrian education. Our integrated and self-contained campus includes animal collections, a working farm and Agri-tech centre, all set within a 360 hectare rural estate on the outskirts of Gloucester. As a specialist institution, we have strong links with the business sectors and professional bodies relevant to our areas of expertise and education, both locally and more broadly. Our mission is to be a specialist, niche provider delivering relevant, effective and high education, training for employment and applied research in the animal, agriculture, equine and sport industries locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. Our research and impact activity is highly applied, with multiple routes into practice, and draws on the combined infrastructure, people and partners deriving from all aspects of Hartpury’s activities across many years.

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