To be a dynamic and innovative research community that benefits the rural economy and rural communities and enhances their environment.
The Context for our Research
The growing human population, and growing demand for food, are
major challenges in their own right that need to be addressed in a
world with potentially dramatically changing climate, and with growing
pressure on its natural resources.
SRUC Research Centres are excellent facilities to allow students, both undergraduate and postgraduate, to get hands on experience using research facilities with cutting edge techniques.
To do excellent strategic and applied research on the global and
local food security issues, and to actively support the translation of
research results into practice. Our research ethos is strongly
collaborative, and we have a long history of industrial, NGO and
academic partnerships locally and internationally.
As well as having longstanding disciplinary strengths in several
key areas, we actively promote interdisciplinary research, especially
linking natural and social sciences.
We have a particular interest in research that helps inform policy,
with Scottish and UK Government rural affairs and environment
departments and the EU as key research clients.
Our Key Resources
Experimental farms including main livestock and crop species
Plot-scale agronomy trial capability
Nitrous oxide emission measurement equipment
Individual food intake measurement facilities for dairy and beef cattle
Methane measurement facilities for livestock
Suite of techniques for monitoring animal behaviour
The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the new system for assessing the quality of research in UK Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). It will replace the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) and will be completed in 2014.