Joanna Charles

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

I wanted to embark on a lecturing career and 1992 was the first intake of equine students on the International equine and agricultural business management BSc course.

How did you get into Equine Science?

I studied Animal Science at Reading University and was always interested in horses so took the opportunity of studying a Masters in Equine. 

What made you go into teaching?

I thoroughly enjoyed researching topics linked to my studies and saw lecturing as an opportunity of enthusing others whilst keeping up to date in my subject.

What do you enjoy about it?

Sharing my passion and being part of a learning community.

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

There is never enough hours in the day! 

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

  1. starting a UG/PG course?
  • Research the course thoroughly and look into what is unique about the programme.

  • Make use you chose the right place to study – can you see yourself there for three years.

  • Make the most of opportunities available to you whilst studying e.g. work placements; some programmes offer the opportunity to take part in Erasmus programmes and study abroad as part of the programme, work experience opportunities in the vacations, as well as joining clubs and societies – explore beyond your comfort zone!  

  1. studying Equine Science?
  • Have you got experience working with horses? If so, have you taken the opportunity to get varied experience beyond your chosen discipline?

  • Are you passionate about your subject?.

  • Chose a programme that gives you plenty of options for career opportunities at the end. Many of our programmes offer flexibility in terms of subject specialisms in the final year.

How would you describe life at the RAU/Cirencester?

Unique! Students and staff care about the future and sustainability of the rural environment and its associated communities.

What makes it distinctive/special?

The Hogwarts-style buildings and small campus, the alumni, and the opportunity for networking.

What’s your favourite spot on campus and why?

The view down the front drive seeing the clock tower in the different seasons.

What are your top Cirencester recommendations?

Grasp opportunities and make life-long friends.