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University of the Year nomination for Gloucestershire institution

A Gloucestershire university could be crowned University of the Year thanks to glowing reviews from its own students.

RAU student Isobel Green, BSc (Hons) Real Estate, who is Campaigns and Wellbeing Officer for the Students’ Union and Student Ambassador, picture Mikal Ludlow

The Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester has made the 10 strong shortlist for the top title in the WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2019.

And it could be celebrating a double at the awards after being named as a finalist in the job prospects category for the second year running.

The news of the double nomination comes in the same week that the RA was made a centre of excellence by the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs.

In doing so, the RAU became just the sixth university in the UK to receive the accreditation.

The WhatUni awards see the views canvassed from more than 41,000 students from 160 universities and colleges,

Students are asked about how the university has helped them find employment, as well as for good and bad points about the course they took.

Julie Walkling, Director for Students at the RAU was thrilled at being shortlisted

: "Students are the focus of everything we do," she said.

"These nominations recognise the transformative, inclusive experience being created here at 'OurRAU', where students' opinions matter and staff strive to improve teaching, facilities and the sense of community."

Katie Duncan, Head of Communications, at IDP Connect who produce the awards said: "In a challenging climate for Higher Education institutions, there is nothing more rewarding than being recognised by their students for delivering such positive experiences.

"The reviews by current students that make up these nominations are invaluable for prospective students who use them to make decisions about their future."

The winners will be announced at a ceremony on 25 April at The Brewery in London, hosted by comedian Omid Djalili.

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