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 enterprise@rau.ac.uk.

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.

Waterloo car park public consultation.

Local residents will be able to hear about Cotswold District Council’s proposals to expand the capacity of the Waterloo Car Park in Cirencester at a public consultation event which will be held from 3.30 pm to 6.30 pm at the Bingham Gallery, 1 Dyer Street, Cirencester, GL7 2PP on Tuesday 27 June (please note that this will NOT take place at the Bingham Hall as previously stated).

The event will enable the public to meet Council officials and review information boards which illustrate why consultants have shown that the most effective way to increase car parking capacity is to install decking at the Waterloo.

Cllr Mark Harris, Chair of the Cirencester Parking Project, is looking forward to the event:

“It is important that we demonstrate why our consultants recommended that the Waterloo is the best option for a decked car park in the town. This proposal will require Planning Permission and the public will have a chance to comment, but it makes sense to consult now at a very early stage so that we can explain our rationale and gather views from the public which can then influence the design stage.  Whilst we know there is a lot of support for more parking in the town, we understand that some people may have some concerns about the proposal and this drop-in session should enable everyone to have their say – and for us to gain a true understanding of what these concerns are so we can try and address them.”

More detailed information about the plans for the Waterloo and the Cirencester Car Parking project in general are available on our website.

Circus Funtasia

Circus Funtasia is coming to Cirencester, and will be entertaining crowds at the Royal Agricultural University next week! The all-human circus will be on campus from Wednesday 14 until Sunday 18 June (performance at 5pm and 7.30pm Wed, Thurs and Fri, 2pm & 5pm on Sat and 12 & 3pm on Sun).
Special offer for the opening night (Wednesday) is £7 per ticket 

Visit www.circusfuntasia.co.uk or call 07706168507 to book.


Dr Bike will be returning to the RAU

Dr Bike will be returning to the RAU on Thursday 4th May to offer staff and students a free bike check-up!  

Fully trained bike mechanics will do a safety check on each bike and carry out basic repairs on the spot such as fixing punctures, changing brake blocks, making adjustments to gears and breaks etc. They will also identify any more serious repairs which may need following up.

This is offered on a first come first serve basis, so book in here as soon as possible to make sure you don’t miss out.  

Why not enjoy the Great British Summer by cycling around Cirencester more? Visit Thinktravel to find local maps and cycling advice.

RAU to host School Farms Network Education Alliance Conference

The Royal Agricultural University is pleased to be hosting the first School Farms Network Education Alliance Conference on Friday 30 June and Saturday 1 July.

The School Farms Network Education Alliance is an exciting initiative between the Royal Agricultural University ,the School Farms Network and Applied Inspiration.

The conference will bring together staff, students, and policy makers from educational organisations across the UK, and provide a forum for knowledge exchange between those who are passionate about school-based farming and ensuring pathways to university.

It will explore the role of farms in schools, and the value of land-based education, including the areas of agriculture, business, technology, food security, and the environment.

Keynote speeches will be delivered by; Adam Henson, Director of Cotswold Farm Park and TV presenter, Dan Corlett, CEO of Farming and Countryside Education, and Leigh Morris, CEO of the National Land-Based College.

The full event programme is available to view online.

Book your place today to take advantage of the special early bird 20% discount, available until Friday 14 April.