Academic research

The Royal Agricultural University (RAU) was founded in 1845 in a period of rapid scientific and technological developments. The express aim of the institution was to deliver what is now termed translational research. Academic staff at RAU hold-true to that mission today, and work on applied research projects across sustainable agriculture, agribusiness, real estate and land management, animal and equine science.

With our close links to industry, many of our research projects are done in collaboration with commercial businesses and thus have genuine impact. Recent work has focussed on product development for improved health and welfare in horses, improved crop management systems to reduce inputs, novel methods for insect control and development of new feedstuffs all of which contribute to a more efficient and sustainable industry. A new Rosé Veal enterprise has recently been started at Harnhill farm. Run under commercial conditions this exciting new project also has a research element and will investigate health and production issues that challenge all the major industry stakeholders, from producers through animal health experts to consumers.