Actor Martin Clunes named Hartpury University's first chancellor

Naming its first ever chancellor, Hartpury University and Hartpury College has looked to an unexpected public figure, actor Martin Clunes, who will oversee both institutions as an honorary head — helping to guide its specialist facilities towards the future.

By Kaleigh Pritchard  |  Published
Martin Clunes is named chancellor of Hartpury University and Hartpury College.

British actor and presenter, Martin Clunes, has been selected by Hartpury University and Hartpury College to act as its first ever chancellor.

Martin will serve as the honorary head of both the university and college facilities, whilst representing Hartpury in a ceremonial and ambassadorial capacity.

With a career spanning decades, Martin is known for TV and film roles such as Doc Martin, Shakespeare in Love and Men Behaving Badly — and now he's ready to take on a whole new part.

Celebrated not only for his contribution to the glittering world of entertainment, Martin is also recognised by the royals, having been awarded an OBE in 2015, as well as being appointed deputy lieutenant of the county of Dorset in 2019.

Much like Hartpury, Martin puts emphasis on a commitment to helping local communities through charity work, alongside running a 130-acre family farm, which is home to chickens, cows, horses, sheep, as well as dogs and cats, — all contributing to him being very well-suited to the role at Hartpury.

This commitment is proven through his many documentaries focused on conservation efforts and the lives of animals and the human connection to them, in addition to being the president of the British Horse Society, a patron of the Wormwood Scrubs Pony Centre, the Horse Course, Julia's House Children's Hospice and the Fortune Centre.

Martin said: 'I’m deeply honoured to be appointed as the inaugural chancellor of Hartpury University and Hartpury College.

'I look forward to sharing many of my passions and interests with like-minded students, staff, governors and alumni and am excited to share in their numerous success stories.

'I also look forward to advocating for the University and College’s many impressive achievements, helping to champion and support Hartpury at an exciting time in its 75-year history.'

Vice chancellor, principle and CEO of Hartpury, Professor Andy Collop added: 'Martin’s commitment and experience in the equestrian, agricultural, animal and countryside realms align particularly well to Hartpury’s own values and specialisms.

'I have no doubt that he’ll contribute to Hartpury’s rich heritage and help to inspire staff and students alike.'

Hartpury has also boosted many community projects over the years — check out SoGlos's round up for more information.

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