Knowledge exchange

The Royal Agriculture University (RAU), Cirencester, is a small specialist land-based Higher Education Institution (HEI). Our knowledge exchange strategy is central to our institutional mission to support the land-based sector, rural enterprises and agri-technology innovation. This strategy seeks to build a bridge between rural and urban areas through a dynamic integration of science, policy and practice.

Our knowledge exchange activity is driven by societal needs and is focused on collaborating expertly with government, industry, civil society and other academic institutions and involvement of students in real-world learning. We use evidence-based, practice-led approaches to support policy makers through thought leadership, provision of professional development programmes, business support and creating space for innovation and entrepreneurial, business acceleration. The RAU’s knowledge exchange strategy is focused on four key areas:

The RAU was founded in 1845 to educate those who had to deliver the challenge of feeding an increasingly urban population at the time of the first industrial revolution. This strategic direction is as relevant today. Our vision is to be a leading, specialist HEI, focused on the land and food-supply sectors, collaborating expertly with government, industry, civil society and other academic institutions. 

– Knowledge exchange