RAU welcomes more students as UCAS applications hit record high
A record number of applicants have been accepted into UK higher education, states a report released today by UCAS.
The Royal Agricultural University (RAU) is no exception and has seen applications increase year-on-year. Since 2008, the total number of students enrolled at the RAU has increased by a staggering 49%.
Commenting on the report, UCAS Chief Executive Mary Curnock Cook said: ‘Predictions of a reduced appetite for higher education following the rise in tuition fees were premature’.
The University, which was established in 1845 and received full university status earlier this year, has continued to be at the forefront of teaching and research in the land-based sector. It remains a popular choice amongst students, especially those wanting to study degrees in agriculture, food, business, equine, land management and real estate.
Most of the RAU’s three-year undergraduate degree courses enable students to undertake a work placement, allowing them to gain valuable experience and contacts alongside their studies. Students graduating from the University are equipped with the skills needed in today’s employment market.
‘Applications across all courses have been increasing year after year for some time now at the Royal Agricultural University, which is very pleasing, and gives us confidence that our continually revised degrees are attractive and relevant’, commented Vice Principal, Professor Paul Davies. ‘Our high graduate employability record also helps, of course!’
On average over the last five years, 94% of RAU graduates are in employment or further study within six months of graduation.
In 2013, Cirencester was ranked the 5th safest university town in the UK and top in the Southwest, and has seen considerable investment recently. Developments include a new teaching block and halls of residence, managed on sustainable ‘green’ principles, and a new £1.2million Rural Innovation Centre on the university’s Harnhill Farm.