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.

Local families love lambing weekend

The Royal Agricultural University (RAU) was delighted to welcome more than 1,000 people to its popular lambing weekend on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 March 2017, and raised a staggering £1,200 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

The University opened the gates of its Harnhill Manor Farm to families and members of the local community, and invited them to find out what goes on during lambing season. Visitors had the chance to get up close to the lambs, and see some being born. Families enjoyed tractor and trailer rides, educational displays on farming and food production, and met RAU students and staff.

RAU Farms Director, Tom Overbury, said: “The lambing weekend was a huge success, it was fantastic to welcome so many people to the University farm. Families and children could gain an insight in to what happens on a modern farm, and find out about the sheep, calves, pigs, and other enterprises.”

Cirencester Youth Market

We’re delighted to announce the return of the Cirencester Youth Market on Wednesday 22 March at The Market Place in the town centre, from 10.30am to 2.30pm.

Following the success of last year’s event, we’re excited to host another Youth Market, with the goal of making this an annual event – and possibly biannually with a special market at Christmas too!

This year the market will showcase some of our student enterprises, including The Trough Catering, Coppernose Jerky, and Claytons Cold Brewed Coffee. It will also feature enterprise students from Cirencester College, and entertainment from Deer Park’s Steel Band and Kingshill’s Ukele Players.

The aim of the market is to inspire young people to set up their own business, giving local enterprise students and young entrepreneurs the opportunity to sell their products that they themselves have made and designed. Some of the businesses will be asking customers for feedback on their products to aid development – so come along and see what great innovations they’re working on!

We are working closely with Cirencester Town Council and the E4 Group; Cirencester College, the RAU, and both of the town’s secondary schools, to promote and support enterprise in Cirencester. The event is supported by St James Place and will feature a special award for the best dressed stall.

Please do pop along and support our budding entrepreneurs. There will be plenty of great shopping opportunities and delicious food to buy – what better way to spend a Wednesday lunchtime!

Lambing weekend at RAU farm

The Royal Agricultural University (RAU) will be holding a lambing weekend at its Harnhill Manor Farm near Cirencester on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 March 2017, in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

The University will be welcoming families and members of the local community to visit the farm and find out what goes on during lambing season. Visitors will get the chance to get up close to the lambs, and hopefully see some being born!

Families can also enjoy tractor and trailer rides, educational displays on farming and food production, and meet RAU students and staff, as well as a picnic area, food, and refreshments.

The event will be running from 10am to 4pm both days. There will be a charge of £5 per car.

The address is:
Rural Innovation Centre
Manor Farm, Harnhill

RAU Farms Director, Tom Overbury, said: “This will be a great opportunity for people to see what we do on the RAU farms and also to learn about how some of our food is produced. We hope to provide something of interest to all age groups.”

RAU enterprise programme receives major donation

We are delighted to announce that our award-winning Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Programme, which provides students with tailored support through the business start-up journey, has received a valuable cash injection from a very generous donor.

Katy Duke, Head of Enterprise at the RAU, said: “The RAU Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Programme is truly grateful to the Amersi Foundation, and the Inclusive Ventures Group, for their kind donation.  The donation will allow us to support more students who are at the beginning of their start-up journey via our First Steps Fund which provides £250 grants to help students prove their concepts.  However, the majority of the donation will be used to set-up a new proof of concept fund, Next Steps, which will allow students to apply for funding (up to £1,000) to help overcome barriers to launch which we would not have been able to do without this kind donation.”