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The Royal Agricultural University has always been at the forefront of agricultural education since 1845. Our vision is to become the leading specialist University providing a fresh perspective for the land agri-food and rural enterprise sectors.

The Royal Agricultural College (RAC), now the Royal Agricultural University (RAU), was the first agricultural college in the English speaking world. In 1842, the seeds were sown at a meeting of the Fairford and Cirencester Farmers Club.

The University motto is ‘Arvorum Cultus Pecorumque’; a quote from Virgil’s Georgics, it means ‘Caring for the Fields and the Beasts’. What more appropriate maxim could there be for a University which, in every facet of its teachings, now incorporates a wider understanding of our countryside?


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The RAU is committed to providing our students with value for money across all areas of university life

The Governing Council, Vice-Chancellor, senior executive team and heads of department consider value for money in all of their decision making processes.

The University strives to provide all our students with an outstanding educational experience by ensuring that all our programmes of study are relevant, innovative and intellectually challenging, while retaining a practical “real world” focus.  This ensures that our graduates are highly employable with a strong value set who strive to make a difference to the communities they serve.

The retention and recruitment of high quality staff is a key priority, as people are our most precious resource who will ensure that students remain at the heart of our agenda.  We are currently strengthening our academic staff team to ensure that our staff-student ratios are sufficient to ensure the best possible student experience. We are also reviewing the structure of all professional support teams to ensure that they also operate in an efficient and customer focused manner.  Before they make any decision we require our staff to ask the question – ‘How does this provide value for money for students’?

We are also investing in our facilities and accommodation to ensure that we are constantly improving the amenities available to our students.

The University is also implementing a new procurement programme across all areas to ensure we purchase smartly and efficiently, keeping costs to a minimum.

The RAU manages its finances to enable it to both provide value for money for students whilst ensuring the long term financial sustainability of the university. The RAU is committed to being open and transparent about the income streams that we receive and how we spend them.

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