Clubs and societies
Clubs and societies are a great way to meet people, explore your current interests and discover new passions and we have a wide array on offer to our students. Here's an idea of the types of things you can get involved in:
This is a new club. Our aim is to allow anyone to examine and analyse the art of brewing and explore, with the help of professional brewers, the processes that make real ale’s so different and unique. This will be achieved by visits to different breweries around the country and inviting guest speakers. We also to hope to organise a new social event to the social calendar named the Brewers Ball.
We meet once a week to do some reeling on a Thursday evening. We organise arguably the best university reeling ball of the season. Find us at the freshers’ Fayre.
The Chaplaincy is here for all faiths and hopes to offer help and support in whatever way it can. There are a numerous events going on throughout the year for many faiths as well as just general events for people to socialise and relax. The Chaplaincy is here also to support you as an individual, whether you just feel like a chat or have something bigger on your mind. See the Chaplaincy page for more information.
The RAU choir is a fantastic way to continue your musical interest at university and to meet students from all courses and years. Rehearsals take place on Tuesday evenings between 5.30pm - 6.30pm in the Chapel, with more rehearsals towards the Carol Service period. The two Christmas Carol services take place in the last week of the autumn term, one service for the students (streamed live to the Tithe Barn) and one for external visitors. The RAU is very proud of its talented choir - we perform at the Christmas Ball and are also available for external events throughout the academic year. In 2013, the choir featured on the BBC Countryfile Christmas Special at Westonbirt Arboretum which was great fun! The choir is open to all standards so please sign up!
The Christian Union is run by a small group of friendly and enthusiastic students for those with a faith or wishing to learn more about God. We have weekly meetings throughout each term which are fun, relaxed where we discuss faith and eat cake. We have several outside speakers arranged to give short talks and there are bible studies and occasional group outings. The meetings are available for all who are interested in finding out a bit more about God and the way He works.
Our student Entrepreneurs' society provide the social side to the Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Programme. The society regularly meet to discuss ideas, plan events and organise trips to visit entrepreneurs and their businesses.
Food & wine society
The RAU food & wine society holds regular get together throughout the year. Typical events include our incredibly popular wine nights, cheese tastings, and occasional formal dinners.
During your first weeks at Cirencester, you will be invited to join the International society, an inclusive society for all RAU students.
The motto of the International society is: “Be proud of who you are, but respect others.” The society aims to provide a forum to understand the different cultures of students and staff at the RAU through guest speakers, who are often invited to lead discussions, and a varied social calendar. Activities include parties in the Tithe Barn, celebration of the Chinese New Year, film nights, and visits to some of the fascinating local cities and places of interest.
Officer Training Corp
The university Officer Training Corp is a society, which mixes military training with fantastic adventurous training opportunities such as skiing, rock climbing and many more. It also boasts a lively social calendar as well. The RAU is a member of the Oxford University Training Corp, and gives students the opportunity to mix with other universities who are part of the same branch. It doesn’t matter if you have no interest in joining the army after uni, it is a fantastic way of getting to meet new people as well as giving you opportunities to challenge yourself both mentally and physically in ways which you would never have thought possible.
The Royal Agricultural College Beagles were formed in 1889 and have been thriving ever since, apart from breaks during the two world wars. In 1963, the pack was presented to the Queen and gained the Royal prefix to their name.
They hunt within an approximate ten mile radius of Cirencester, overlapping with the Vale of the White Horse, the Duke of Beaufort’s and the Cotswold Hunts. They are able to continue to hunt due to the goodwill of farmers and surrounding packs of foxhounds.Since the ban in 2005, artificial scent is used and laid by a runner. Prior to this, the beagles hunted hare.
The hounds are cared for by University students at the nearby Coates Kennels with the professional support of the Kennel-Huntsman. Students fill the posts of Joint Masters, Master-Huntsman and Whipper-Ins and, between them, together with the Kennel-Huntsman, they look after around 30 couple of hounds. They also fund the pack with help from external subscribers and supporters.
The racing club organises trips to ascot, Newbury and Cheltenham racecourse. They also invite visiting speakers, such as jockeys and trainers, in order to expand knowledge and create networking opportunities, we also welcomes people who are knowledgeable about racing to those who have never been before. Any meeting is a good social day out.
RAU engineering society
The RAU engineering society (RAUEngSoc) is one of the newest societies in the university. Established in 2011, the society exists to promote practical workshop activity, visits, socials and special end of year projects and the engineering profession within the uni. Membership is open to all students at the university, both undergraduate and postgraduate.
Real estate society
A student runs society with the main aim of broadening its member’s knowledge and awareness of the diversity, complexity, and links between different sectors of land and property. Predominantly achieved by bringing in various high profile external speakers from different sectors of real estate markets, hosting charity dinners and international trips.
The RAU RES provides opportunities to socialise and network with students across year groups as well as implementing an engaging method of complete extra reading. The society helps its members prove initiative, drive and ambition whilst strengthening links to industry.
The annual ski trip is for anyone and everyone; whether you're a seasoned skier, a newbie or just want to enjoy the après entertainment, it's by far the biggest trip on the student calendar.