When did you join the RAU and what brought you here?
I have been at the RAU for over 25 years. I saw a job advertised to teach farm business at the RAU and I thought that sounded perfect for me and my interests. I applied and was lucky enough to be offered the job and I have enjoyed doing this ever since.
How did you get into Business?
I studied Agriculture at university and was particularly interested in the farm business part of the course. When I graduated I became a farm business consultant and this really showed me how important business skills and knowledge are in running a successful farm business
What made you go into teaching?
I had been previously been a farm business consultant and saw the importance of business management in making a farming business successful so I thought I would like to use this experience to help educate future farmers how to run their businesses better.
What do you enjoy about it?
I really enjoy working with students and helping them to gain their qualifications and start their career in the land-based sector.
What would be your top three tips for anyone thinking of....
- starting a PG course?
Approach your studies with confidence and even if you have not studied for some time those skills will come back to you.
Ensure that you take care of your work-life balance whilst at the RAU – even postgraduate students are allowed to have some fun as well as study!
Spend time building your network whilst you are here as this will prove very valuable in your future career
How would you describe life at the RAU/Cirencester?
I think life at the RAU is very much what you make it. You will have opportunities to meet a lot of people and get involved with extra-curricular activities such as the enterprise programme. Making the most of these opportunities will allow you to get the most benefit from your time as a student here.
What makes it distinctive/special?
The RAU is small, specialist and very friendly and I think that is what distinguishes it from other institutions. Its location in the Cotswolds adds to this and we do have a lovely campus.