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Knowledge Transfer Partnerships with Hartpury University (Online)

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  • Date: Tuesday 28/02/2023
  • Time: 10:00am - 11:30am
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About the event

Join us at this Knowledge Transfer Partnership Event with Hartpury University

We are delighted to invite you to join us online and learn more about the research facilities and opportunities at Hartpury University. A centre of excellence for research and development with over 4,500 students, a hotbed of talent for Gloucestershire businesses, 360 Hectares, topflight rugby, and sports facilities, Agri, and equine innovations centres.

They work with all sectors and industry to carry out research for high performance, better health and wellbeing, innovative solutions to industry’s problems and challanges.

Why Attend?

  • Tap into future talent and connect with over 4,500 students in the University and College. Educated to a high standard with transferrable skills, good attitudes and confidence, an assett to any business.
  • Access their business impact evaluation
  • Tap into funding for research and development
  • Make valuable connection across County Councils, industry experts, sports and business leaders
  • Hartpury is passionate in supporting our specialist industries, working with businesses and stakeholders to find solutions to emerging issues, through innovation, research and knowledge transfer to drive forward positive change in animal and equine wellbeing, agriculture, sports performance and public health.
  • Hartpury multi-disciplinary research centres – Animal and Agriculture, Equestrian Performance and Sport and Exercise – connect world-class facilities with researchers and industry practitioners.
  • Hartpury keen to work with wider business partners to promote collaboration across discipline areas to synergise our knowledge base and challenge the status quo to drive forward innovative solutions to pressing problems applying our expert knowledge and technology in other fields or adapting technology from other areas into our specialist industries.
  • Hartpury are engaged in evaluation of Local Council exercise initiatives across the UK, we are working across Gloucestershire supporting farms and other business with ways to achieve net zero, and are applying innovative technology from medicine to advance practice in animal and equine welfare.

Join us and find out more about tapping into this fantastic resource and knowledge transfer Ppartnerships, a game changer for future technology and ideas!

Meet the new Vice Principal and CEO

Meet the new Vice Principal and CEO, of Hartpury University and College Prof Andy Collop, hear about the latest exciting research project and opportunities and find out more about this exceptional facility in Gloucestershire and how you can get involved and tap into future talent and research.

Andy joined Hartpury in September 2022 as Vice-Chancellor, Principal and Chief Executive after 11 years at De Montfort University where he held a number of positions including Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research), Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Interim Vice-Chancellor. After a first degree in Mechanical Engineering, Andy was awarded a PhD from the University of Cambridge and a DSc from the University of Nottingham.

Vice Principal and CEO, of Hartpury University and College Prof Andy Collop

Meet the Hartpury Team

Stuart Emmerson – Director of Business Development 

Stuart Emmerson, Director of Business Development at Hartpury University and Hartpury College, has 20 years of public, private and third sector senior experience. He has worked in senior roles for the Federation of Small Businesses, in local government and as a Director at Social Enterprise UK. Prior to joining Hartpury, Stuart worked for Worcestershire LEP as their Director of Investment and Partnerships, attracting new businesses to the county, developing partnerships and raising the profile of key initiatives with regional and international partners, including one of the UK’s 5G test beds. During this time, Stuart has been directly involved in securing over £40M investment. This has included major projects from a state of the art community leisure facility in outer London, to leading on a successful Levelling Up Fund Government bid, on behalf of Hartpury University and Hartpury College and in partnership with the Forest of Dean District Council and Forest of Dean MP.


Simon Spooner – Head of Innovation, Careers and Enterprise

Enabling our students to ‘Be the best they can be’ through career readiness preparation, connection to industry labour market needs, work placements and enterprise.

Case Studies, perhaps worth sharing these links?




Dr John K. Parker, Reader in Sport Psychology, BSc(Hons), MSc, PhD, PGCHE, CPsychol, AFBPsS, CSi, HCPC, FHEA

Programme Manger BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Sciences

Dr Parker has been a researcher, applied sport psychologist, and academic for over 16 years and is also a PGA qualified golf professional. John is a Reader in Sport Psychology at Hartpury University working in the Department of Sport and contributes to undergraduate and postgraduate sport and exercise psychology provision, alongside managing the BSc Sport and Exercise Sciences degree programme. John’s applied consultancy spans a number of sports at various competitive levels with a view to enhancing both performance and athlete wellbeing.


Prof Matt Bell (Director of Agriculture) – Agri tech

Director of Agriculture

Matt is an expert in agricultural systems and sustainable food production. My role is to coordinate our land-based teaching, research, commercial farm and Agri-Tech Centre/Tech Box Park activities to support applied teaching and research. Our existing projects cover a wide range of topics across people, animals, plants, land, technology and environment.
Link to business: https://www.hartpury.ac.uk/commercial/digital-innovation-farm/ covers both the Agri-Tech Centre and Tech Box Park as the Digital Innovation Farm – discover more has the business partners. The Digital Farming Network is now almost 800 farm businesses and 70 companies.


Prof Stephen Draper – Knowledge Transfer Partnership

Academic Dean, Research and Knowledge Exchange

Steve is a sports and exercise physiologist who specialises in modelling athletic performance, in particular oxygen uptake kinetics. He co-founded the Clem Burke Drumming Project, which has been pivotal in revealing the impact of physical activity through drumming on brain plasticity in autistic disorders, as well as leading Hartpury’s research and knowledge exchange provision.



Dr Kev Harris, Reader in Sports Business Management

Kev is a Reader in Sports Business Management here at Harptury specialising in evaluation and learning. Specifically Kev is mobilising national evaluations with Sport England as well as Local Delivery Pilots with the intention of translating knowledge from findings to inform and foster learning.


Dr Jane Williams, Head of Research, Associate Professor

Jane is an Associate Professor and Head of Research at Hartpury University. She is an experienced researcher, with a passion for enhancing equine performance and wellbeing through industry-informed, real-world research that generates change. Her main areas of professional interest include scientific evaluation of equestrian performance, training and wellbeing, rider impacts on equitation, reliability assessment across equestrian science and veterinary physiotherapy, and human-animal interaction.

Join us to meet the team and hear about all the fantastic opportunities at this centre of excellence in Gloucestershire.

Introductions and Insights will be followed by Round Table Discussions, and Networking.


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