Royal Agricultural University launches two new Ethnic Minority Excellence Scholarships

The Royal Agricultural University (RAU) has launched two new undergraduate scholarships to attract and reward the brightest applicants from the UK’s under-represented minority ethnic communities.

The awards, which are for both full and part time students, are each worth £9,000 a year for a maximum of three years.

Lorraine Thomas, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education and Students) at the RAU, said: “I am delighted to announce investment in the new RAU Ethnic Minority Excellence Scholarships to further progress equality, diversity, and inclusion, and so that we can welcome talented people from diverse backgrounds for a more diverse RAU student body.

“Higher education can only reach its full potential when it benefits from the talents of the whole population and when individuals from all ethnic backgrounds can benefit equally from the opportunities it affords.”

The scholarships are open to UK students from under-represented minority ethnic communities who have a place on one of the University’s undergraduate programmes to start in September 2022. Applicants must also have proven academic experience (at least 117 UCAS tariff points), be able to demonstrate a passion for their subject area, and have evidence of leadership potential.

RAU Director of Academic Services Dan Todhunter added: “The RAU is determined that ethnic background shouldn’t present a barrier for people who wish to study or work in the land-based sector. I am delighted that we are offering these two substantial scholarships to help ensure more people from ethnic minority backgrounds can benefit from the experiences and education on offer at the RAU.”

Applications must be received by 15 April 2022. For more information, and how to apply, please visit www.rau.ac.uk/rau-ethnic-minority-excellence-scholarship.