The Royal Agricultural University (RAU), based in Cirencester, has been at the forefront of agricultural education and a key contributor to the land-based sector for more than 175 years.
Today, the RAU has around 1,100 students studying agriculture, food, environment, farm management, business, equine science, real estate and rural land management.
The RAU prides itself on its links with industry and its courses are designed to meet the demands of the employment market for land-based expertise, both in the UK and worldwide.
The University’s award-winning Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Programme provides an inspiring and supportive environment in which students can share, develop and launch their ideas and in 2019, the University became only the sixth UK university, and the first specialist university, to be made a Centre of Excellence by the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs.
Did you know?
The Royal Agricultural University produces its own wines, under the brand name Cotswold Hills from its six-acre vineyard at Down Ampney.
Cotswold Hills operates as a social enterprise project for students at the RAU, providing them with the opportunity to develop their enterprise and employability skills and experience.
In addition, proceeds from the sale of its bottled and canned wines support budding RAU entrepreneurs start their own businesses via our First Steps Fund. Cotswold Hills is stocked in over 150 outlets across the region including Mid-Counties Co-op. Our award-winning wines, look beautiful, taste great and do good!
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