James Wood

Profile

James Wood

Programme

BSc (Hons) Rural Land Management

My RAU experience

I knew that land management was what I wanted to do as a career and the course at Cirencester stood out. What grabbed me was how rurally based and agricultural it was compared to other universities. This was particularly attractive to me and alongside the reputation of Cirencester I didn’t feel much could go wrong!

The style of teaching varied hugely, from small one-to-one sessions to larger course lectures, as well as farm and estate visits which were always fascinating. As a student you’re there to timetable your own learning and take advantage of the experience and teaching which the lecturers offer. There is huge personal support provided for gaining employment and completing the dissertation, which I found particularly challenging at the outset.

The support provided as well as the exposure to an excellent syllabus helped me secure a job with Bidwells.

What I gained from the RAU

The support provided as well as the exposure to an excellent syllabus helped me secure a job with Bidwells. Since starting in 2011, I have passed my APC (RICS) and CAAV exams and am now predominantly based in their Estate Management department in Cambridge. Being involved with a variety of different clients, both institutional and private, gives my job an interesting diverse aspect which I like immensely.

I thoroughly enjoyed my three years at Cirencester, and the course which has helped me get where I am now.

I would encourage anyone to give it a go!