The first 25 students were admitted in September 1845 and the following year student numbers increased to 108. Many of those early students went on to careers in Colonial Agricultural Administrations and the Diplomatic and Foreign Service.
The University motto is 'Arvorum Cultus Pecorumque'; a quote from Virgil's Georgics, it means 'Caring for the Fields and the Beasts'. What more appropriate maxim could there be for a University which, in every facet of its teachings, now incorporates a wider understanding of our countryside?
At the RAU there is always someone to support you. Our dedicated student advice and support network are committed to looking after your physical, mental and emotional health throughout your RAU journey. Students are at the heart of everything we do and ensuring you have a positive experience during your time here is our number one priority.
The RAU is a place you can call home. There is a wide range of accommodation available to suit all tastes and budgets. There are eight halls of residence across the campus, all with their own individual qualities and characteristics. You can opt to stay in full-board, half-board or self-catered accommodation.
The RAU library is the central information resource for students on all courses.
You will find a wealth of knowledge, either in print or online, plus a dedicated team of library staff ready to help you with your research needs.Our facilities:
Here at the RAU, we know IT is an integral part of our students’ lives, both for learning and research, and for relaxing and communicating with family and friends. All our students can bring their own laptops, tablets and smartphones and use our network for academic purposes and for personal internet access. Free copies of Microsoft Office 365 are available for downloading onto these devices.
We have a University health centre on campus, run by a local doctor’s surgery specifically for our students.
There is a great range of facilities for sports, both on and off campus, including a gym, an allweather sports pitch and table tennis tables. Many of our sports teams compete in the British Universities and Colleges Sports League (BUCS).
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