Founded in 1845, the Royal Agricultural University (RAU) in Cirencester has a long-standing, global reputation for teaching and research.
Today, the RAU is a vibrant, forward-thinking, international community. Currently there are more than 1200 students from over 45 different countries studying at the historic campus in the heart of the Cotswolds.
The diverse range of degree subjects on offer at the RAU often exceeds expectations. Students can choose from more than 30 different degrees, at undergraduate and postgraduate level.
Well-established undergraduate degrees include BScs in Real Estate, International Business Management, Food Production and Supply Management, and Equine Management. There are also a number of foundation degrees on offer, with the opportunity to progress to a full degree with honours.
At postgraduate level, the RAU offers an exciting range of respected MSc and MBA courses, including International Real Estate, Applied Equine Science and International Food and Agribusiness.
The Royal Agricultural University is ranked highly for graduate employability. In fact, 96% of graduates from the last five years were in employment or further study within six months of leaving the RAU, with most securing professional or managerial roles.
RAU graduate Katherine Meacham said: “I had four job offers before graduating, all in very different agricultural fields, and my degree from the RAU was fundamental in creating these opportunities.”
The RAU is ranked amongst the top 10 universities in the UK for facilities and academic services spend for 2016, recognising its high investment in staff and student facilities, including sports, careers services, health and welfare and a Rural Innovation Centre – a £1.2million investment for the use of students and the wider community.
The RAU recently launched Farm491, a space for innovators to grow their businesses by applying technology to agriculture. Farm491, which has received funding from the GFirst LEP, provides high-spec facilities created to foster entrepreneurship, ideas generation, and collaboration and includes 491 hectares of Cotswold farmland for research and testing.
Alongside its academic reputation, the RAU is well-known to many as a fantastic venue for events. RAU Ventures provides award winning catering and events management team, over 30 meeting rooms, eight lecture theatres, elegant dining rooms, on-site accommodation, a 17th century tithe barn and a beautiful University chapel, guests are bound to find the ideal space to be inspired, focused or simply enjoy the occasion.