Dating its origins back to 1845, the Royal Agricultural College Cirencester reached university status in 2013 and subsequently changed its name to the Royal Agricultural University. However, its name is indicative of the connection that royalty had in getting the school started.

After farmers in the Gloucester area raised questions in 1842 about the lack of support offered by the British government when it came to agricultural education, a three-year campaign began. That culminated with Queen Victoria granting a royal charter in 1845 that allowed for construction of the school’s main building that same year.

Since that time, each royal family has had some connection to the school, with Prince Charles having served in the role of the school’s president since 1982. Within the past decade, the school has ramped up in regard to construction of facilities, which has helped boost the student population to an estimated 1,200 students.

The school operates Coates farm serves as a horse farm, while Harnhill Manor Farm raises pigs along with some crops. In addition, the school has a connection to multiple dairy farms.

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  1. 5

    The RAU is a brilliant place to study land based careers. A fantasticly supportive community and alumni network, combined with highly professional degree programmes, make for incredibly employable graduates who go out across the world changing the face of modern agriculture, business, land management, and equine.
    With ample space for explorative and practical study, as well as a central location and a large variety of extra-curricular activities, there is no place I would further recommend.

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  2. 5

    Last weekend we had a great reception at the RAU, after the marriage of my son and (now) daughter in law. Wonderful location- buildings and grounds. The food was excellent. The staff were absolutely great, especially Mandy who could not do enough to help.We also stayed over night and the room and facilities were very good, not to mention the breakfast the next morning. Superb!!

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  3. 5

    Very good place and conditions for learning, very nice people and professors, it is my impression from this University when i was there in 1998 year as a visitor from Macedonia.

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  4. 1

    Populated by violent, overgrown children, whose pasttimes include hurling parts of dead animals at hunt monitors and drink-driving. Plummy voiced wannabe-thugs in daddy’s range rover.

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  5. 5

    Choosing to study at the RAU, was probably the best thing I chose to do, not only has it provided me with vital links for agriculture, it has also provided me with a much wider mind set on how to deal with the issues that face the next and future generations of farmers and those working with in the countryside, it has also helped to develop me as a person.

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  6. 1

    Where all the daddies boys study agricultural. They love speeding around Cirencester in their run down 4×4’s and crappy little run a round’s trying to drag race with everyone! No knowledge of the highway code or have any common sense. #braindead

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  7. 5

    is beautiful and amazing !!! open spaces are not lacking and the place is quite out freddino.Ci are many activities and downtown cirencester is near! The decor is great, and it looks like the college of harry potter !!! MI I enjoyed it very much !!!

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