My name is Professor Peter McCaffrey and it's my great privilege to be Vice Chancellor of this historic Institution. We've been developing leaders entrepreneurs and innovators here at the Royal agricultural University ever since 1845. Our mission today bears testament to that of our Founders as we aim to equip a new generation of graduates to address the global challenges that face us today: climate change, food security, sustainable land use, heritage management, biodiversity loss, and so on. Science-based and practice centered we aim to be the UK's leading Global University for sustainable farming and Land Management with 17,000 alumni worldwide we are very proud of our heritage and we aim to be a socially relevant in the future as we have been in the past.
Hi, I am Graham Pollard, I'm the Chief Operating Officer here at the Royal Agricultural University. We've got a wonderful heritage here at the RAU as pioneers in our academic disciplines and it's that which has really helped us be a relevant and innovative organisation today but helps us map a really exciting and progressive future. In January 2023 we launched our vision for the Innovation Village. This is a £100 million landscape-led development that aims to bring together experts from across industry, community organisations, and academia, to help drive innovation and create solutions to some of those major challenges that we face. We're also investing heavily into our existing estate and that's illustrated by the six million pounds investment in some new land laboratories and this will help provide our staff and our students with state-of-the-art facilities on their day-to-day work and studies. Compared to many universities we're a comparatively small institution but I think what that means is that every person here matters whether you're a housekeeper, a professor, or an administrator. I'm always impressed by that sense of collective purpose the way that we value each other's contributions and the appetite to really make a difference to those around us.
Hi everyone, my name's Grace I'm the alumni engagement officer here at the RAU so my role is all about engaging with our alumni once they we leave us here at the University. So organizing events keeping them updated over emails and our social channels as well. I've been working here for two and a half years now and I love it because I've actually had the chance to do multiple roles whilst being here so it's given me loads of experience for my CV and I've been able to gain skills and experience as well.