Established in 1845, the RAU has a wealth of experience. Our academics work closely with business leaders and employers to provide students with the skills and knowledge they need to start their careers.
The current global challenges of food security, climate change and Brexit provide unprecedented opportunities for the land-based sector and, importantly, for our students.
Our students are a name, not a number. The RAU is large enough that many facilities are on-site, yet small enough to create a close-knit community that inspires students to consider us a home from home. Students are known to staff by name and supported by personal tutors.
Our stunning campus is within walking distance of the bustling town of Cirencester, a thriving cultural hub, surrounded by beautiful Cotswold countryside.
With plenty of restaurants, unique boutique shops and popular night spots, it’s easy to see why so many students never want to leave – even after graduating.
The RAU creates an environment where students can master the practical and theoretical skills that will open doors to new opportunities.
Our academics care about their subjects and their students. Working alongside business leaders and employers, they deliver courses that provide the tools, mind-set and networks students need to play leading roles in shaping the future of the industry.
We help students develop an entrepreneurial mindset, whatever their course.
In 2019 we became just the 6th University - and the first small, specialist - to be made a Centre of Excellence by the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs (IOEE).
Our award-winning Enterprise Programme provides an inspiring and supportive environment, enabling students to develop and launch their ideas with expert help. More than 50 businesses have been set up so far.
Students joining the 17,000-strong global alumni network follow in the distinguished footsteps of entrepreneurs, politicians, writers and Olympic athletes.
This powerful network of alumni spans the globe and offers fantastic opportunities for professional development and socialising.