The National Student Survey

The National Student Survey (NSS) annual survey, which runs from 1 February to 30 April, is now live. It aims to gather feedback from final year undergraduate students on various aspects of the student experience.

Universities are required to take part in the Survey as part of the Teaching Quality Information arrangements with the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). The NSS is managed on behalf of HEFCE by Ipsos MORI, an independent survey research agency. Students are asked to complete the NSS questionnaire on-line and may be contacted by telephone and by post.
Results are published via UNISTATS and within university league tables to enable prospective students, parents and teachers, etc. to make informed choices about their higher education options.

Join the Gloucestershire 2050 Vision Big Conversation! – 1 February

Ambitious plans for the future of our County over the next 30 years will be unveiled at the launch of the Gloucestershire 2050 Big Conversation on Thursday 1 February which takes place from 3pm to 6pm at Cheltenham Racecourse.

Hundreds of people and organisations are expected to attend, and Cotswold District Council is urging local residents, businesses and organisations to be there so that they can shape the Gloucestershire 2050 Vision.

The Big Launch has been organised by the University of Gloucestershire on behalf of Leadership Gloucestershire, a partnership of the county’s leading public sector organisations.  The exhibition-style event will include stands hosted by a range of innovative local businesses and organisations that are shaping the way that Gloucestershire residents will live, work and study in the future.

The event will include the announcement of eight potential ambitions for the future of the county and six major projects that could radically transform the county’s reputation on the national and international stage, as well as delivering significant improvements in the quality of life for local people.

The Big Launch will also mark the opening of a six-month programme of public engagement activity to develop the Gloucestershire 2050 Vision, and collect alternative ideas from residents and organisations.

CDC Cabinet Member for Enterprise and Partnerships, Cllr Chris Hancock, is looking forward to the launch:

“The Gloucestershire 2050 Vision is a very exciting venture, and it is of vital importance that the Cotswolds is represented effectively at the Big Launch by both those in the 16 to 25 year age group and also older residents.

“The organisers want the conversation to evolve into an agreement on what people want Gloucestershire to be like by 2050 and how people can come together to overcome potential obstacles and realise ambitions.  There will be many opportunities to engage, including the use of social media, video, and attendance at action days.

Stephen Marston, Vice Chancellor of the University of Gloucestershire, added:

“Gloucestershire is a fantastic place to live with bustling towns, a historic city, innovative businesses and beautiful countryside. But we face some major challenges over the next 30 years that will have a significant impact on all our lives if we don’t take action to address them.

“400 people in the 18-30 age bracket are leaving the county every year to seek work elsewhere. Our working age population is only increasing by 1.4% a year but we’re expecting the number of people aged over 65 to increase by 66.8% by the year 2039.

“We need to make sure that Gloucestershire offers a great quality of life for every generation, based upon shared values, and that means we need to explore some big ideas for how we could do things differently.”

CLICK HEREto book your place for the Gloucestershire 2050 Vision Big Launch on 1 February.

For more information please contact Barry Grimes:  telephone  07871 222632 or visit

What’s collected when?

  • Type your house number and street or postcode in the My Cotswold box and click Go
  • Find your address in the list and click the Select your address button
  • Your house’s bin and recycling collection dates are displayed in the box

Collections have a fortnightly pattern.

  • One week ALL your waste and recycling is collected.
  • The following week, only food waste is collected, plus garden waste if you have paid for this service.

The changes we have made should reduce landfill waste by around 20% and increase the recycling rate in the Cotswolds to almost 60%.

To ensure the service runs smoothly and effectively please put your waste out at the edge of your property by 7am on the day of collection. This is important, because the timing of collections may vary from week to week and putting out your waste later than 7am could result in you missing a collection.

If you leave out your waste as requested and it has been missed, please contact us, and we will try to collect it as soon as possible. Please do not phone before 4pm as the crews may still be on their way to your property

RAU named safest University in England and Wales.

The Royal Agricultural University (RAU) has been named safest university in England and Wales, according to the Complete University Guide.

The South West was also named the safest region in the UK, according to the data, with the lowest number of incidents across all three categories per 1,000 residents.

The Complete University Guide is compiled based on the crimes most relevant to students. Based on three identified offences – burglary, robbery, and violent and sexual crimes – universities were ranked on the cumulative rate of all three crimes occurring over 12 months. They were recorded in the areas where students live during term-time, based on official police data, at almost 130 universities and higher education institutions in England and Wales.

It is important to note that although the crimes are those considered the most relevant to students, the figures themselves are based on all victims in the local area, not just students.

See the full table on the Times Higher Education website.

RAU students raised a wonderful £8,530 for the Royal British Legion.

They gave up their time to sell poppies ahead of Remembrance Day 2017, and raised 32% of the overall total donated in the Cirencester area.

Our students are passionate about fundraising and volunteering, and run an annual RAG (Raising and Giving) Week to raise money for three selected charities. They are also working on a project with HMP Eastwood Park to help inmates build an allotment and learn how to produce their own fresh fruit and vegetables.

Superdry founder in Q&A with RAU students

The Royal Agricultural University (RAU) is delighted to welcome Julian Dunkerton, Founder of Superdry and CEO of SuperGroup, to take part in a Q&A session with students on Thursday 16 November 2017.

Students are invited to attend the talk, which will take place from 1 – 2 pm in the Boutflour Hall. Space is limited, please book your place by emailing

About Julian

Julian Dunkerton has transformed the vintage clothing business he started as a teenager into a global lifestyle brand. Superdry, which he co-founded in 2003, is sold worldwide and has become an iconic brand and a true British fashion success story.

At 19, Julian took advantage of a government-backed enterprise scheme and set up his own clothing business, which he sold for a profit after just twelve months. He then launched Cult Clothing, building it into a nationwide chain. His 2003 collaboration with good friend and clothing designer James Holder was the catalyst for a new retail business that would become a staple on high streets around the world. Julian’s sharp retail instincts steered the business forward and the brand soon flourished with stand-alone Superdry stores established in all major retail hotspots across the UK and abroad.

Julian’s entrepreneurial eye isn’t exclusive to the fashion industry, his success spans many other areas: Massive Records, Soho Coffee Company, Dowdeswell Estates, Dowdeswell Park, and the boutique Cotswold hotel group The Lucky Onion, which includes The Wild Duck at Ewen and The Wheatsheaf Inn at Northleach.

Boundless enthusiasm for business opportunity alongside his love for Gloucestershire, its architecture and surroundings has enabled Julian to support other local ventures including Dowdeswell Estates. Another brainchild of Dunkerton, this new and exciting retail concept looks set to be his next success story. Here, building contractors are able to undertake a wide range of construction projects, including renovations on historic buildings, community structures and commercial developments. Keen to support local enterprise, rebuilding Cheltenham’s Balcarras School of Music is also one of many projects close to Julian’s heart.

Most recently, Julian has taken on sole ownership of Dunkertons Cider, which has been creating organic cider and Perry for over 35 years and which has been awarded the Soil Association certification status for organic products with fruit harvested from organic orchards and local farms. A company originally owned by his late father and still thriving today, the business ethos has always been to produce drinks in harmony with the environment.

Celebrating student success at our Prize Winners’ evening

The Royal Agricultural University held a special Prize Winners’ evening last week (26 October 2017) to celebrate outstanding student success.

The Vice-Chancellor Professor Joanna Price presented students with their awards and prizes, in front of a crowd of cheering family and friends.

Professor Price said: “I would like to congratulate all of our prize winners. It is a particular honour for me to welcome students who have excelled in their studies and to welcome your family to celebrate your outstanding achievements. I hope you will remember this as a special occasion which recognises your hard work, dedication, and passion for your subject. Thank you for enhancing the life of the University and for setting an excellent example for others.”

We would like to thank the generous award sponsors for their incredibly generous support: Dalcour Maclaren, Lycetts, Michelmores, Carter Jonas, Bruton Knowles, Royal Forestry Society, Brown&Co, John Clegg & Co, Fisher German, and The Central Association of Agricultural Valuers.

Congratulations to all of the Prize winners!

Don’t miss a trick! – reuse or recycle your pumpkin.

Gloucestershire’s Joint Waste Team is urging residents in the Cotswolds to recycle, compost or – better still – reuse their carved pumpkin lanterns once this year’s spooky celebrations are over.

“A recent study has shown that 70% of carved pumpkins don’t get eaten, very often in the mistaken belief that they are not edible or because they are simply not regarded as food.  However, pumpkin is an incredibly versatile vegetable.  Everything can be eaten – even the flowers, seeds, stringy pulp and flesh of the fruit.

“While Halloween is clearly a time to have fun we are urging residents to think about the environmental impact of the pumpkin waste.  Like all foodstuffs that go to landfill, the pumpkin waste will create methane gas which harms the environment.  That is why it is so important for residents to find ways of eating pumpkins or composting or recycling them.

“Pumpkin can be used in both sweet and savoury recipes including soups, breads, cakes, pies and muffins.  It also serves as a tasty addition to pasta meals or salads, – and, of course, it can be used as a vegetable in its own right.”

Cotswold residents can recycle their old pumpkins using the weekly kerbside food waste recycling service.  Simply remove any tea lights or candles before either putting the whole pumpkin into the caddy, or carefully cutting it into smaller pieces first.


RAU announced as 2017 Lloyds Bank National Business Awards finalist

The University has been shortlisted for the Duke of York Award for University Entrepreneurship at the Lloyds Bank National Business Awards 2017 for the second year running.

The finalists were chosen from the hundreds of businesses that entered or were nominated across 18 award categories. The Duke of York Award for University Entrepreneurship recognises the work of universities to encourage, prepare, and enable entrepreneurial opportunities. The award was designed to inspire and measure university commitment to entrepreneurship across set criteria.

The RAU is up against competition from London South Bank University, Newcastle Business School, Royal College of Art, Coventry University, London Metropolitan University, Teesside University – all of which are shortlisted for the Duke of York Award for University Entrepreneurship.

Katy Duke, Head of Enterprise, said: “The RAU is proud to have been shortlisted for the Duke of York Award for University Entrepreneurship for the second year running and it is a testament to the hard work and dedication of all involved in our Enterprise Programme over the past ten years.  The RAU has developed a strong entrepreneurial focus and we are committed to enhancing the real-life business experiences available to our students.”

Described as ‘the Oscars of great British business’ by David Cameron, former Prime Minister, this year’s prestigious award ceremony will take place on Tuesday 14 November at Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London, where the winners will be revealed.

Cotswold residents voter registration details are in the post.

Residents living in Cotswold District will soon be receiving a form asking them to check and update information that appears on the electoral register for their address.

Cotswold District Council is asking local residents to look out for the form in the post and to make sure that they respond as soon as possible.

The form ensures that CDC can keep the electoral register up to date and identify any residents who are not registered so that they can be encouraged to do so.

While no district-wide elections are scheduled until May 2019, there is a possibility that local  by-elections could take place at any time.

Nigel Adams, Electoral Registration Officer at CDC, said:

“It’s important that residents respond as soon as possible, so we can make sure we have the right details on the electoral register for every address in Cotswold District. To make sure you are able to have your say any election that may occur, simply check the form when it arrives and respond as soon as you can.