Rita Walsh

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....

  1. 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.​