Ashley Ede

When did you join the RAU and what brought you here?

I’m a graduate of the RAU and had a wonderful time studying here. After some time in the industry, I returned to the RAU in January 2000 as a part-time lecturer to cover Equine Business teaching following the sudden departure of another lecturer to the Jockey Club! I’m now full-time.

How did you get into Bloodstock as a subject area?

Before starting my teaching career at RAU, I worked for an accountancy firm and was extremely lucky to visit and meet some of the best racehorse trainers and stud farms in the country.

What made you go into teaching?

I had done some teaching before becoming an accountant and thoroughly enjoyed it. When the opportunity came to teach at RAU, I jumped at the chance!

What do you enjoy about it?

The energy, enthusiasm, and creativity of the students. It’s also a very social atmosphere and we have a lot of fun.

What’s the most challenging aspect of teaching/learning about Equine Science?

The bloodstock industry is very dynamic and constantly on the move – new first season sires; new group winners; the latest set of sales results that can be from anywhere in the world where there are Thoroughbreds. There’s a lot of information to keep on top of because it is very global industry – but also a very exciting one!

What would be your top three tips for anyone thinking of....

  1. starting a UG/PG course?
  • Embrace all subjects and take an interest in them. 

  • There is no such thing as a daft question – always ask! 

  • Believe in yourself – you can do it!

  1. studying Racing & Bloodstock?
  • Network like crazy! There are many opportunities to meet interesting and influential people in the industry – embrace every opportunity

  • You can never see too many horses in the flesh – the more you see the better you will get at working out what makes a potential champion! 

  • Keep up to date with everything that is going on – read at least the front page of the Racing Post every day! 

How would you describe life at the RAU/Cirencester?

Friendly, energetic, and full of amazing opportunities.

What makes it distinctive/special?

The people, students, and staff. The campus is also a beautiful environment in which to work. 

What’s your favourite spot on campus and why?

The croquet lawn in the sunshine in July after the graduation ceremony – it’s where I catch up and share happy memories of the last three years of study with graduates and their families.

What are your top Cirencester recommendations?

  • The RAG Rally (When I was a student we drove to Rome and back!)

  • The study visits are THE best!