Cirencester students hit the headlines – for good and bad reasons

Students from the Royal Agricultural College at Cirencester have featured in the national media twice this week – but for very different reasons.

The college secured a PR coup at the weekend when two of its students featured in the BBC’s Countryfile programme on Sunday (30 November).

Yet just three days later, the college has found itself featuring on the Sun’s website under the headline ‘Toff gang in pub rampage’. It reports that 50 students caused £5000-worth of damage at a country pub during a two-hour rampage which left glasses smashed, doors broken and bleach over the floor.

A spokeswoman for the college told Farmers Weekly that a very small minority of students had been involved in the incident, which took place at an event organised by the student union, with agreement from the pub, on Friday (28 November).

“Only a small minority of students behaved badly and we are dealing with disciplinary panels this week,” she said. The students and student union are paying for the damage, she added.

Countryfile is planning to return to Cirencester on a regular basis so it can follow two BSc Agriculture students, Jemima Showering and Mark Evans, throughout their first year at college. You can catch the first show on BBC iplayer here

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