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The Royal Agricultural University (RAU) has been at the forefront of agricultural education and a key contributor to the land-based sector for nearly two centuries.

Established in 1845 as the first agricultural college in the English-speaking world, it offered flagship programmes which had considerable impact on farming practice and agricultural science.

Now in its 175th year, this specialist university is needed more than ever, as is its mission to equip a new generation to thrive through change. Current global challenges of climate change, food security and environmental protection provide unprecedented opportunities for the land-based sector. The need to produce more food while managing land sustainably, protecting the environment and supporting the wellbeing of rural communities offers a wealth of career options for RAU graduates who are equipped with the knowledge, skills and aptitude to lead the changes required by industry.

Informed by a strong, internationally recognised professoriate whose work drives national and international policy, the RAU is at the forefront of new ways of thinking on land-based issues.

More than 1,100 undergraduates and postgraduate students are drawn from around the globe to study agriculture, business, environment, conservation, equine science, farm management, food, real estate, rural land management and cultural heritage.

Students can also benefit from the University’s award-winning enterprise programme which supports them in setting up their own businesses. Indeed, the RAU is the only small, specialist university to be made a Centre of Excellence by the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs (IOEE).

Located in in Cirencester, Gloucestershire, the University benefits from an attractive spacious campus surrounded by beautiful Cotswold countryside and picturesque towns and villages.

Its small size provides a real sense of community amongst staff and students who are known as individuals