The Innovation Village at the Royal Agricultural University – Public consultation

13 March 2024

The Royal Agricultural University (RAU) is looking to bring forward proposals for the development of its land to east of the University to create an Innovation Village that will focus on consolidating the RAU’s role as a nationally important centre for agriculture and land use.

The RAU is the UK’s leading specialist university for agriculture and land use. This has been recognised in national benchmarking exercises such as the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021. The framework judged over 50% of its research to be world-leading and internationally excellent, and the RAU has aspirations to be the No.1 small specialist university for research in England.

The 29-acre development site adjacent to the RAU’s Cirencester campus provides a unique opportunity to capitalise on the RAU’s national and international prominence, to create the world’s first innovation cluster with a mission to transform land use. From agroforestry to nature-based solutions, to renewables, to resilient community development, there is opportunity to attract policymakers, entrepreneurs, researchers and practitioners to come to the Cotswolds. Here, they will be part of an emerging innovation ecosystem that will help to unlock the power of the land globally, to address climate, nature, food, and health crises.

The purpose of the Public Consultation is to explain the background to the proposals, share with you our plans for the site and to give you the opportunity to provide us with feedback that will help shape the proposals as they evolve.

More information can be found on the consultation boards – Innovation Village at the RAU boards

Here is the public consultation questionnaire – RAU InnovationVillage Questionnaire