Honorary fellowships

A Fellow is a person of eminence who has made a significant and distinguished contribution to the industries and professions associated with the work of the Royal Agricultural University.

Fellowships are normally awarded at the annual Graduation ceremony for the award of degrees.

2019

Suzanna Hext

Suzanna gained a first class honours in Equine Science at the RAU and was just beginning her career when an accident while riding a young horse at home changed her life in 2012.

Suzanna sustained life-changing injuries, spent two years in hospital and had too many operations to count. Proving that nothing can stop passion, drive and determination, she went on to become a triple European Gold medallist in Dressage and has now also become a medallist in the para-swimming team at the 2019 World Championships. Suzanna aims to represent Team GB in both sports at Tokyo 2020. 

To represent Britain in one sport is a signficant achievement but to excel in two is nothing short of extraordinary. 

Levi Roots

The infamous Mr Levi Roots - aka "The Dragon Slayer", "Sauce man" and entrepreneur chef, first shot to fame on BBC2's Dragons' Den. With his spirited "Reggae Reggae Sauce" song he charmed Dragons Peter Jones and Richard Farleigh into investing in his spicy sauce, which was a secret recipe inspired by his grandmother.

With an exclusive launch at Sainsbury's, the sauce flew off the shelves and within a couple of weeks was outselling Heinz Tomato Ketchup. Levi has managed to find time to write several cookbooks. Alongside these, Levi has penned his business guide "You Can Get It If You Really Want". He is a great advocate for small to medium size businesses and is often found mentoring young entrepreneurs. Levi is a judge of the RAU's Grand Idea competition for student entrepreneurs and is a guest speaker at the RAU. Levi makes time to do charitable works all over the country by attending schools, colleges and universities. Levi also attends prisions giving motivational talks where he speaks from the heart about his experiences.

As a licensing brand, Levi has partnered with some of the best names in the food industry and as a result has a wide range of products placed on all our supermarket shelves. He opened his "Rasta'raunt" in December 2015.

More recently, Levi took to acting and has a cameo role in the popular BBC series "Death in Paradise" and has a regular slot on BBC Radio 2. Most recently Levi has signed a deal to have a multi-million-pound feature film made about the story of his life.

Julian Sayers

Julian Sayers graduated from the Royal Agricultural College in 1982 with a Diploma in Rural Estate Management. He has since maintained close links with the University including chairing the Advisory Council for RELM, serving as a Governor for nine years with two years as Vice-Chairman of the Board and then Chairman of the Project Board responsible for the new Alliston Centre.

He joined the firm of Adkin after leaving the RAC and has spent the past 36 years advising farmers and landowners on a wide range of matters relating to the occupation and ownership of rural property. His planning and management expertise associated with a diverse range of projects, including whole farm and estate plans have led to assignments throughout the UK. He also specialises in the promotion and sale of development land, property acquisitions, estate management, agricultural tenancies and tax planning.

He has held senior positions in a number of the country's leading farming and rural organisations including Chairman of the National Federation of Young Farmers Clubs, the RICS Rural Faculty, the Farmers Club, the Oxford Farming Conference and the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution. Last year he served as Master of the Worshipful Company of Farmers and for the past 16 years he has chaired the Defra Tenancy Reform Industry Group.