Lambing weekend raises money for Wiltshire Air Ambulance

Lambing weekend 2019 was a huge success, with more than 600 visitors to Harnhill Manor Farm – twice as many as last year which was affected by snow. The team this year raised £480 for the Wiltshire Air Ambulance. Well done to everyone involved!

Entrepreneurial students shone at Cirencester youth market

Original artwork, glittering sunglasses and a tourism company were just some of the growing student businesses on show at this year’s Cirencester youth market.

The event doubled in size from 2018 with twenty four stalls in total. Eight enterprises on show from the Royal Agricultural University (RAU) included its own Muddy Wellies beer and Cotswold Hills dry white wine, as well as businesses ranging from clothing to marketing services. The market is organised by Cirencester Town Council and the E4 Group, consisting of the RAU, Cirencester College, Deer Park and Kingshill schools, which supports and encourages young enterprise.

Angolan mobile phone giant joins with the RAU to develop future farmers

Angolan agriculture students are training in the UK in order to return home and kickstart the rural economy, in a ground-breaking partnership between leading Angolan telecoms company, UNITEL, and the RAU.

UNITEL is funding six talented Angolan students, selected from over 500 applicants, to follow a programme of postgraduate training at the Royal Agricultural University (RAU) in Cirencester.

The first intake started their studies on the RAU’s Graduate Diploma in Agriculture course in September last year, gaining expert knowledge and farm management experience along with the skills to train others once back in Angola.

University of the Year nomination for RAU

The Royal Agricultural University (RAU) has been nominated for University of the Year, in a prestigious set of awards based on reviews from students themselves.

The RAU has made the shortlist of 10 universities competing for the top title in the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2019. It has also been nominated in the Job Prospects category for the second year running.

The news comes in the same week the RAU was made a Centre of Excellence by the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs – only the sixth university to gain this accreditation.

Whatuni collected over 41,000 student reviews from 160 universities and colleges, travelling more than 43,000 miles across the UK in six months.

Students answered questions on topics such as how well their university helped them find employment and what they liked most and least about the way their course is taught.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony on 25 April at The Brewery in London, hosted by comedian Omid Djalili.

Katie Duncan, Head of Communications, at IDP Connect which produce the awards said: “In a challenging climate for Higher Education institutions, there is nothing more rewarding than being recognised by their students for delivering such positive experiences. The reviews by current students that make up these nominations are invaluable for prospective students who use them to make decisions about their future.”

Julie Walkling, Director for Students at the RAU said: “Students are the focus of everything we do. These nominations recognise the transformative, inclusive experience being created here at ’OurRAU’, where students’ opinions matter and staff strive to improve teaching, facilities and the sense of community.”

The RAU offers a range of courses in agriculture, animal science, business, environment, equine science, farm management, food, real estate and rural land management.

This year it launched two new postgraduate degrees designed to help students becomes leaders in UK food and agriculture, post-Brexit; an MBA in Innovation in Sustainable Food and Agriculture and an MSc in Sustainable Food and Agriculture Policy.

Agritech and the Future of British Farming

The RAU and Farm491 are organising a two day Agritech event which will feature a commercial tech showcase, industry debates, exciting on-farm demonstrations and much more.

Ticket prices: £6 RAU students and staff: Free
For more information and to book tickets please go to: agritechandthefuture.eventbrite.co.uk

New initiative will help veterans move into careers in rural sector

A national networking platform to help ex-forces personnel looking to move into careers in the rural sector – and their future employers – is to be launched in Gloucestershire.

Known as “The Rural List Cirencester” and associated with The Liquid List – a well-established veterans’ networking series – it will develop into monthly events at the Royal Agricultural University (RAU) for both veterans and employers from across the rural economy.

The initiative, which is the only sector-specific veteran networking event in the country, is the brainchild of Fiona Galbraith, a former army officer and postgraduate student of the RAU from 2017 to 2018.

Lycetts Summer Scholarship 2019

The summer scholarship is open to ALL second year students at the Royal Agricultural University.  Two scholarships will be awarded, each with a value of £2,500, for research on topical and pressing issues in land-based industries, over 10 weeks between June and September.

This is the third year of the scholarship, which has seen previous students tackle the subjects of the positive opportunities of Brexit, the emotional impact of flooding on homeowners, the future of the family farm and staffing in the equine industry.

This is an incredible opportunity for students to develop commercial research skills by exploring an aspect of rural life in more depth, to learn more about the insurance world and meet some key players in the industry.

Successful applicants will be mentored throughout by a member of the Lycetts team.

Full details on the scholarships can be found in the information pack:

https://www.rau.ac.uk/about/news-and-events/news/lycetts-summer-scholarship-2019

Equine students set to benefit from RAU’s partnership with Rein and Shine

The Royal Agricultural University (RAU) has announced a partnership with equestrian centre, Rein and Shine, which broadens the range of equine provision for both groups of students.

BTEC Level 3 students at Rein and Shine at Braydon, Swindon will spend an away day at the RAU in Cirencester as part of their course, receiving training on equine anatomy and physiology from leading equine lecturers. The University has also confirmed that the BTEC Level 3 will be considered, alongside other relevant Level 3 qualifications, in applications to its BSc (Hons) Applied Equine Science and Business and BSc (Hons) International Equine and Agricultural Business Management degree courses.

Rein and Shine is offering all RAU students the opportunity to train for their British Horse Society (BHS) Stage 1 Certificate in Riding and Stable Management via Progressive Training. This will take place at Rein and Shine’s first-class facility which sits in countryside on the North-Wiltshire, South-Gloucestershire border. RAU students will receive discounted rates on all riding lessons which they can plan around their studies. Rein and Shine will also play host to the University Equestrian Trials in February 2019.

Defra Secretary visits Royal Agricultural University

Michael Gove visited the Royal Agricultural University (RAU) to learn about its key role in the development of skills for the agri-food and land management sectors and its initiatives to help the industry navigate change.

The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) toured the University’s Rural Innovation Centre (RIC) at its Harnhill Manor farm, where he heard about the range of practical programmes on offer for both professionals and students, such as courses in calf-rearing and the safe use of medicines on farms.

The importance of farm animal welfare was emphasised, with Mr Gove learning about Professor David Main’s work on welfare assessment and RAU’s Buitelaar dairy bull calf-rearing project involving academics, industry and welfare organisations working in partnership. PhD student Emily Edwards, described research that is underway to address the significant challenges facing the dairy bull calf rearing sector, including antibiotic usage.

The strong emphasis the University places on developing leadership and business skills and entrepreneurial acumen was showcased during a visit to its Trent Lodge site.

Mr Gove met business consultant and Honorary Fellow Christine Cross who mentors students as part of the University’s award-winning Enterprise Programme, which provides an inspiring and supportive environment in which students can share, develop and launch their ideas.

Preventing Cycle Theft

In Gloucestershire bicycles are one of the most targeted items by thieves.

Don’t give a thief a free ride …. Register your bike.

There are a number of free on line registration services that are quick and easy to use. If your bike is stolen and found by the police then a quick check will confirm you as the owner.

 

https://www.bikeregister.com/

https://www.immobilise.com/