Local Town Invited to Celebrate University Status

The Royal Agricultural University (RAU) is joining with Cirencester residents to celebrate its new status as a university, and the transformation to a ‘university town’. 

Local residents are invited to a service in the parish church in Cirencester, at 11am on Friday 28th June, to celebrate this achievement. If you would like to attend this celebratory service, then please rsvp to rsvp@rau.ac.uk as places are limited. 

The institution successfully gained university status in April, and the service will allow the RAU to celebrate with the residents of Cirencester. The RAU will continue to lead the development of teaching and research in agriculture, agri-business, equine, food, and land & property management. 

The Principal, Professor Chris Gaskell CBE, said:

“As the Royal Agricultural University, we will enhance our position as a world-class higher education institution.  Established in 1845, we have a strong reputation for the quality of our teaching, our research and our connections with the industries we serve.”

“University status best describes what the institution does and aspires to do; university title will benefit our students, their employers and the industries to which they contribute – and agriculture, food and land management are some of the most important industries in the world today.”

The university currently has more than 1150 students, from over 40 different countries, studying on one of its 30 undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes.  The university also has an impressive graduate employability rate; on average over the last five years, 94% of its students went on to employment or further study.

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