Royal Agricultural University

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Group.png Royal Agricultural University  
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MottoLatin: Avorum Cultus Pecorumque, "Caring for the Fields and the Beasts"
HeadquartersCirencester, Gloucestershire, England
The first agricultural college in the English-speaking world.

The Royal Agricultural University (RAU), formerly the Royal Agricultural College, is a university in Cirencester, Gloucestershire, England. Established in 1845, it was the first agricultural college in the English-speaking world.[1]


The Royal Agricultural University was founded as the Royal Agricultural College in 1842,[2] at a meeting of the Fairford and Cirencester Farmers’ Club. Concerned by the lack of government support for education, Robert Jeffreys-Brown addressed the meeting on "The Advantages of a Specific Education for Agricultural Pursuits".[3] A prospectus was circulated, a general committee was appointed and Henry Bathurst, 4th Earl Bathurst was elected president. Funds were raised by public subscription: much of the support came from the wealthy landowners and farmers of the day, and there was no government support. Construction of the main building, in Victorian Tudor style, began in April 1845 and was designed by S. W. Daukes and John R. Hamilton, and built by Thomas Bridges of Cirencester.[4] The first 25 students were admitted to the college in September 1845.

Queen Victoria granted a royal charter to the college in 1845 and sovereigns have been patrons ever since, visiting the college in every reign. Prince Charles became president in 1982.

The college gained full university status in 2013 and changed its name accordingly.[5]


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