RAU set to grow as student enrolments rise
Over the past five years, the total number of students enrolled at the RAU has increased by 43%.
This year appears to be no exception to the rule; undergraduate enrolments at the Royal Agricultural University (RAU) look set to increase yet again, as the number of applicants confirming places has risen.
This year, applications to the BSc (Hons) Agriculture have increased by 40% when compared to 2012. “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!”
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, and land and property management.
Most of the RAU’s three-year 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.
The University had an impressive graduate employability rate; on average over the last five years, 94% RAU graduates in employment or further study within six months of graduation (HESA).
The University campus, named the safest in the South West, and the 5th safest in the UK, has seen considerable investment recently. Developments include a new teaching block and halls of residence, managed on sustainable ‘green’ principles, whilst a new cutting-edge Rural Innovation Centre is being developed on the university’s farm.
Meanwhile the RAU has been ranked top in the UK for facilities spend, recognising its high investment and expenditure per student on staff and student facilities, including sports, careers services, health and welfare.