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.