RAU celebrates one year anniversary with 96.3% employment rate
The Royal Agricultural University celebrates a whole year as a university with an impeccably high graduate employment rate of over 96.3%.
The University is proud to reveal that already high employment figures have risen to an impressive 96% of graduates entering employment or further study within six months – based on figures just released for UK full-time undergraduates completing in 2013.
The University was granted full university status on 18 April 2013, and has since strengthened its reputation as a world-renowned provider of specialist education and research. It continues to be at the forefront of education relating to agriculture, food, agri-business, equine, and property and land management.
Students graduating from the University are highly employable. Degree courses are carefully tailored to meet the changing needs of employers, and draw on input from a wide range of professionals within the sector. Many students gain valuable work experience by completing a 20-week placement, in the UK or overseas, which helps them develop the skills, knowledge and industry contacts needed to begin their career.
The RAU was ranked top in the UK last year for facilities spend, recognising its high investment and expenditure per student on staff and student facilities, including sports, careers services, health and welfare. The campus is also rated the safest in the South West (5th safest in the UK), and the University, which has a dedicated School of Business and Entrepreneurship, is in the top 10 universities in the UK for enterprise.
RAU Principal, Professor Chris Gaskell CBE, said: “University status best describes what the institution does and aspires to do; university title can already be seen to benefit our students, their employers and the industries to which they contribute. The exceptionally high employability figures achieved by our graduates reflect the strongly vocational nature of the courses we offer, and the sandwich work placements undertaken by many which support the relevance of our courses. Employers in land-based industries continue to recruit good students from the RAU, and we will continue to make every effort to ensure that our graduates are well prepared for their future careers.”
The Royal Agricultural University has seen applications and enrolments rise year on year. The RAU currently has more than 1,200 students, studying on one of its 30 undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses. Research work undertaken by staff continues to increase at the University, which recently launched its new Rural Innovation Centre for applied research at Harnhill Manor Farm as well as the Centre for Translation Research.