The Royal Agricultural College (RAC), now the Royal Agricultural University (RAU), is the oldest agricultural college situated in Cirencester, i.e., in the heart of the beautiful Cotswold countryside, Gloucestershire, UK, established in 1845. It is also first agricultural college in the English-speaking world. It was founded during the meeting of Fairford and Cirencester Farmers’ Club. Queen Victoria granted the Royal Charter to the University in 1845. The main aim of the university is to “Avorum Cultus Pecorumque”, which means to care for the fields and the beasts, it also continues to enact its educational, research and consultancy commitment in keeping with this motto. The university is often referred to as the Oxbridge of the Countryside. The main quadrangle sits alongside the 16th-century tithe barn and farmhouse, in 10 hectares (25 acres) of manicured grounds.
University also operates farms: Coates is predominantly arable which are cropped with some pasture land supporting equine activity; one set of farm buildings provides polo and hunter livery stabling and associated exercise facilities and Harnhill Manor Farm which was purchased in 2009 and consists of around 491 hectares of land. The farm was managed organically for many years but all the land apart from the outdoor-pig unit was taken out of organic management. The farm carries a 150-sow outdoor pig herd, managed as a joint venture with a business partner, alongside a 350-ewe breeding flock. Arable cropping is rotated with forage crops grown to support the livestock enterprises, Harnhill Manor Farm- with integrated livestock and cropping system, part of which is managed organically. It is associated with a 120-sow outdoor organic pig herd, managed as a joint venture with a local business partner. In addition, a mule, Lleyn and Highlander ewe breeding flock is kept under a conventional farming system together with a calf rearing enterprise. Arable cropping is rotated with forage crops, grown to support the livestock and to facilitate an effective rotation to underpin the management of a mixed farming system., Coates Manor Farm which grow & feed milling wheat, oilseed rape and spring malting barley and Leaze Farm provides a contrast, students have access to this 300-cow autumn block calving herd utilising a grass-based system. It also hosts wide range of sports which include including a gym, an all-weather pitch, and squash and tennis courts, and offers a wide variety of sports and clubs for students to join; clay pigeon shooting, climbing, cricket, equestrian, football, golf, hockey, lacrosse, netball, polo, racing, rugby, running, sailing, scuba diving, ski and snow boarding, team chasing, tennis, and wakeboarding.
The College gained full university status in 2013 and changed its name accordingly. The 1,185 students enrolled in the academic year 2014/15 and 1,200 students in the 2015/16 academic year and saw a 49% rise in applications between 2008 and 2013. The Royal Agricultural University was named the safest university in the South West in 2013, and is ranked top in the UK for spending on facilities. University library has 40,000 print volumes, nearly 1,000 current journal subscriptions, more than 40,000 e-books and a growing number of full-text databases. The main collection is supplemented by a support collection and a historical collection of texts, primarily on agriculture and estate/land management, dating back to the 16th century. The library also holds the RAU archive, a collection of documents relating to the institution since its foundation.
By the report of REF 2014, the university came 29th and last in the UK for Agriculture. Some of the staff has been evaluated in the Research Assessment Exercise which recognised the importance of their research at national and, to a lesser extent, international levels. Expertise and skills of staff provide a range of undergraduate, postgraduate and professional training courses that combine academic excellence with a practical orientation. Members of staff in SEMS are frequent contributors at international conferences and collaborate with colleagues in UK and mainland Europe on a range of equine health-related research projects. We have excellent links with industry and this enhances project diversity and gives students the opportunity to see how research programmes are initiated, developed and the results finally translated into industry-relevant recommendations /activity.
The following is the list of scholars from Royal Agricultural University who contributed and/or serves as editors for one or more OMICS International journals and conferences
The following is the list of proceedings by scholars from Royal Agricultural University that are published in OMICS International journals and conferences.