Undergraduate Prospectus 2021

The Royal Agricultural University (RAU) has been educating leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs in the land-based sector since its foundation as the first Agricultural College in the English- speaking world. As we mark our 175th anniversary this year our courses and graduates are needed more than ever. Unprecedented global challenges such as climate change and the need to feed a growing population in a sustainable way while protecting the environment must be addressed. If you study here you could go on to lead the industries that must provide the innovative solutions required. With input from employers and work placements our degree programmes, provide our graduates with the skills and knowledge they need to embrace the opportunities ahead. Our alumnus network world-wide is unrivalled and is an invaluable resource whether you are leading innovation and change in industry, informing future land-based policy, or setting up your own business. We have worked closely with industry and sector partners to create a range of programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate level covering food, environment, sustainability, agriculture policy and rural entrepreneurship. We have also expanded into the exploration, understanding and management of the Historic Environment through our exciting new Cultural Heritage Institute. Our new professors inform national and international policy in areas including food, the environment and animal welfare. This truly is an exciting time to be part of the RAU. Students on every course can benefit from our award-winning enterprise programme. As a result of this initiative the RAU is recognised as a Centre of Excellence by the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs (IOEE), as well as being awarded the title of Enterprising Learning Provider of the Year. Student experience is at the heart of everything we do and it shows. We were ranked seventh in the UK for student satisfaction by Times Higher Education, following the publication of the National Student Survey (NSS) 2019. I am sure this is in part down to the strong sense of community we enjoy at the RAU. As a small campus-based University students are treated as individuals and lifelong friendships are formed. To find out more about what we can offer you, please come to one of our Open Days. We would be delighted to welcome you to “Ciren”. It truly is a unique place to live and study and I have never met a former student who did not enjoy their time here. ‘The University has an important role to play in providing courses of the highest standard, open to students from all over the world.’ University President HRH The Prince of Wales rau.ac.uk Introducing RAU 1 Patron HM The Queen President HRH The Prince of Wales Vice Presidents The Earl Bathurst, MRAC; Mr Simon Pott, FRICS, FRAgS, FlnstCPD, FRAU Chair of Governors Mr John Pain, BSc, MBA Vice-Chancellor Professor Joanna Price, BSc, BVSc (Bristol), PhD (Sheff) Professor Joanna Price Vice-Chancellor Let’s meet – open days Come to an open day to find out what it’s like to live and study at the RAU. Explore the range of courses on offer, meet our students and lecturers and tour our beautiful Cotswold campus Our friendly student ambassadors will be on hand to help you throughout the day. You will find them on campus where they will be ready to answer questions, help with directions, or to have a chat. Dates for your diary 2020 Wednesday 22 April Wednesday 10 June Saturday 26 September Wednesday 28 October Saturday 7 November Wednesday 25 November Coming soon In Spring 2020 we will be opening a site in Swindon for our new Cultural Heritage Institute (CHI), see page 75 for more information. Keep an eye on our website for updates about the launch and when there will be opportunities to visit. We have several open days running throughout the year. To book your place go to rau.ac.uk/opendays . *Times Higher Education ranking of NSS 2019 results rau.ac.uk