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Crichton Institute asks Young People in Dumfries and Galloway to look to the Future

Published on Wednesday, 10th September 2014

Young people are vital to the future of Scotland’s rural areas: they bring ideas, energy, enthusiasm and skills.

Dave Ross (right) speaks to Bill Gates (centre)

SRUC and the University of Edinburgh Demonstrate Promising Livestock Genetics

Published on Tuesday, 29th July 2014

SRUC and the University of Edinburgh showcased their research and development work on livestock breeding and genetics during a learning visit from Bill Gates, of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Graduation 2014

SRUC Graduation Ceremony 2014

Published on Tuesday, 15th July 2014

More than 160 graduands attended the Scotland’s Rural College graduation ceremony on 11 July 2014 at Bute Hall, University of Glasgow.

Nigel Miller Graduation 2014

SRUC Honorary Fellowship Awarded to Nigel Miller, President NFUS

Published on Tuesday, 15th July 2014

Nigel Miller, President of NFU Scotland, has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship of Scotland’s Rural College.

Lutz Bunger Graduation 2014

SRUC Growth Genetics Expert Dr Lutz Bunger Becomes a Professor

Published on Tuesday, 15th July 2014

Dr Lutz Bunger, was conferred as Professor of Growth Genetics at SRUC’s Graduation ceremony in Bute Hall, University of Glasgow on 11 July 2014.

Simon Turner Graducation 2014

Recognition for SRUC Expert on Animal Behaviour and Aggressiveness – A Readership for Dr Simon Turner

Published on Tuesday, 15th July 2014

Dr Simon Turner, an internationally recognised expert on aggressiveness in farm animals was awarded a Readership by Scotland’s Rural College.

Gavin Hill Graduation 2014

Gavin Hill Receives SRUC Award for Contributions to Scotland’s Beef and Sheep Industries

Published on Tuesday, 15th July 2014

Gavin Hill, Assistant Regional Manager for SAC Consulting, is the latest recipient of the RC Stewart Prize.

Lou Ralph Graduation 2014

Aberdeen Lecturer Lou Voted Tops by SRUC Students – Teaching Excellence Award at Craibstone Campus

Published on Tuesday, 15th July 2014

Lecturer Dr Lou Ralph was nominated for an Excellence in Teaching Award by students from Scotland’s Rural College in Aberdeen.

Patrick Hughes, Jonathan Cowens and David Lamb

New Board Set to Strengthen SAC Consulting

Published on Wednesday, 9th July 2014

Scotland’s Rural College has announced new developments in relation to its consultancy division, SAC Consulting.

RHS 2014

SRUC Interactive at the Highland Show

Published on Wednesday, 25th June 2014

Interactivity, high tech farming, Trolley the Sheep and chocolate all played their part in a busy and successful Royal Highland Show for Scotland’s Rural College.

RHS Pavillion entrance

SRUC Showcases Smart Farming at the Highland Show

Published on Wednesday, 18th June 2014

The displays have been printed, the staff rota is complete, and the pavilion stands ready, awaiting the thousands of visitors who will pour through the doors over the next few days.

Chocolate cherry truffle

New Chocolate Trail to be Launched at this year’s Highland Show

Published on Wednesday, 18th June 2014

Cabinet Secretary for Food Richard Lochhead will launch Scotland’s Chocolate Trail at the Royal Highland Show on Friday.

Chinese delegation - Signing MOU

SRUC Signs a Memorandum of Understanding with Chinese University

Published on Wednesday, 4th June 2014

Scotland’s Rural College has formalised a bond with Zhejiang Agriculture and Forestry University following the recent signing in Edinburgh of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

Maitland Mackie

Published on Sunday, 1st June 2014

Joint statement by SRUC Chairman Lord Jamie Lindsay and Acting Chief Executive Janet Swadling.

SRUC and University of Edinburgh

SRUC and University of Edinburgh Explore Closer Alignment – A Vote of Confidence in the Future of Scotland’s Agriculture

Published on Friday, 21st March 2014

Scotland’s Rural College and the University of Edinburgh have announced they are exploring a closer degree of collaboration - a move with the potential to create an influential force in agriculture.

Edinburgh Campus, Kings Buildings

Professor Bob Webb Steps Down as SRUC Principal & Chief Executive

Published on Thursday, 28th November 2013

Professor Bob Webb is to step down this month as SRUC’s Principal and Chief Executive, over one year since the successful merger of Barony, Elmwood, Oatridge and Scottish Agricultural College.

Children in Need 2013

SRUC as One(sies) About Children in Need

Published on Thursday, 21st November 2013

Staff and students have fun for Children in Need.

Annual Dinner 2013

More Work to do as SRUC Enters 2nd Year, says Principal

Published on Tuesday, 15th October 2013

Staff of Scotland’s Rural College must be congratulated on a successful first year.

First birthday Ayr

Happy 1st Birthday to Scotland’s Rural College!

Published on Wednesday, 2nd October 2013

Tuesday 1 October marked SRUC’s first birthday after Scotland’s land-based colleges came together in a historic merger last year.

Tourism meeting at Elmwood campus

First Meeting of New SRUC Tourism Department

Published on Wednesday, 11th September 2013

The Elmwood Campus Golf Course recently hosted the inaugural meeting of the Sports and Tourism Department of Scotland’s Rural College.

Professor Bob Webb, SRUC Chief Executive & Principal

SRUC Welcomes UK ‘Agri-Tech’ Strategy

Published on Wednesday, 24th July 2013

SRUC’s Principal and Chief Executive has welcomed this week’s launch of the UK Agricultural Technologies Strategy.

Waitrose visit

Waitrose Wowed by SRUC

Published on Wednesday, 24th July 2013

A group from the Waitrose Farming Partnership ambled up north this week to visit Scotland’s Rural College.

SRUC Celebrates Success!

Published on Wednesday, 10th July 2013

On a softly shimmering July day, in the elegant confines of Glasgow University’s Bute Hall, over a thousand happy souls sat; joy mingled with anxiety which bumped up against sheer unadulterated relief

It’s Awards Season at SRUC

Published on Wednesday, 10th July 2013

The first Honorary Fellowship of Scotland’s Rural College was one of several awards given to many deserving people on a glorious graduation day in July.

Farming futures

Scotland’s Rural College Joins Centre of Excellence for UK Farming

Published on Wednesday, 3rd July 2013

SRUC has become a partner in the Centre of Excellence for UK Farming (CEUKF), an agri-food supply-chains alliance to help UK farming address production and sustainability challenges.

Dutch Geneticist with Edinburgh Connections Conferred as SRUC Visiting Professor

Published on Wednesday, 3rd July 2013

SRUC conferred Professor Roel Veerkamp as Visiting Professor in Numerical Genetics during SRUC’s graduation ceremony in Bute Hall, University of Glasgow on Friday 5th July.

All Smiles at the Highland Show!

Published on Wednesday, 26th June 2013

With a new name, a revamped pavilion and (mainly) sunny weather, it was odds on this year’s Royal Highland Show would be a success, and it certainly was.

Drew Easton receives award from Sandy Inverarity CBE

Barony Engineer Drew Wins Top SRUC Award for Business Development

Published on Wednesday, 26th June 2013

Well respected agricultural engineer, Drew Easton, Head of Engineering at the Barony campus of Scotland’s Rural College, has been presented with the 2013 Inverarity Award.

SRUC Appoints New Board Members

Published on Wednesday, 26th June 2013

Scotland’s Rural College has appointed four new Board members.

Come See SRUC at the Science Festival

Published on Wednesday, 27th March 2013

As Easter draws closer, many parents may be wondering how they will entertain their little ones over the holidays.

Genevieve races

Genevieve’s World Cyclo-cross Success

Published on Wednesday, 27th February 2013

SRUC’s own Genevieve Whitson finished in the top thirty at the recent cyclo-cross World Championships in Kentucky.

Climate fair poster

SRUC’s First Climate Fair

Published on Wednesday, 27th February 2013

Learn, network, “bee” inspired and have fun – that’s the theme of SRUC’s Climate Fair.

cyclocross, genevieve, world cup

Wheeling all over the World

Published on Wednesday, 9th January 2013

While many SRUC staff members and students were no doubt over-indulging over the festive holiday. Genevieve Whitson, PA to Finance and Corporate Affairs Director, was competing in three world cyclo-cross (CX) events in Belgium.

Prof Bob Webb DSc

Professor Webb a "Doctor of Science"

Published on Wednesday, 12th December 2012

SRUC Chief Executive and Principal Professor Bob Webb has added “Doctor of Science” to his list of qualifications.

SRUC winner of AgriScot, Sara Sands

SRUC Student is first female winner of AgriScot Business Skills Award

Published on Wednesday, 28th November 2012

Aberdeen-based SRUC student Sara Sands recently won the Business Skills award at AgriScot 2012. Not only is she the first woman ever to do so, she is also the only woman to ever make it to a final.

Saltire scholarships for SRUC Students

Published on Wednesday, 28th November 2012

SRUC is one of the recipient Higher Education Institutions of a Scottish Government funding project helping students study overseas.

Children in Need

SRUC's fundraising antics for Children in Need

Published on Wednesday, 28th November 2012

Once again Children in Need has swept in and out of our lives and pockets and once again SRUC staff have laid aside their dignity in favour of raising money for this inspiring charity.

Working Lunch

Published on Wednesday, 14th November 2012

SRUC’s senior staff enjoyed an informal lunch meeting with student representatives at King’s Buildings in Edinburgh.

Green Gown 2012

Double Success for SRUC as GreenCow wins a Green Gown

Published on Wednesday, 7th November 2012

SRUC (Scotland’s Rural College) has triumphed in two categories at the Green Gown Awards 2012.

Long Service

Long Service Recognised

Published on Wednesday, 7th November 2012

SRUC Chief Executive and Principal Professor Bob Webb recently recognised the long service of five members of staff based in Edinburgh.

Boghall field winter wheat

Winter Wheat Challenge on the Ground – Weather in SRUC Organised Competition Already Having an Effect

Published on Wednesday, 31st October 2012

With planting complete the first Mains of Loirston Winter Wheat Challenge, organised by SRUC (Scotland’s Rural College) is underway.

Greskine visit

SRUC’s Riverside Students Share Barony Forestry Expertise

Published on Wednesday, 31st October 2012

A group of third year Countryside Management Students from SRUC’s Riverside campus in Ayr visited the Forestry Commission site at Greskine (west of Moffat).

Important Support for SRUC’s Winning Curlers and Squash Players

Published on Wednesday, 31st October 2012

Yet more SRUC students have been recognised for their sporting achievements.

Arkansas visit

Arkansas Visit Opens Doors to US Interns at SRUC

Published on Wednesday, 31st October 2012

An SRUC delegation has just returned from a fruitful trip across the pond to the University of Arkansas.

Erin and Heather

Olympic endeavours at SRUC!

Published on Wednesday, 31st October 2012

With the Olympic fever still burning throughout the country, two SRUC students based at Oatridge Campus, Erin Lee and Heather O’Leary, are about to put their riding skills to the test.

Malawi Group with flip chart sheets

Malawi Dairy Diploma Course Stresses the Fun

Published on Wednesday, 24th October 2012

Staff from SRUC have returned from Malawi and a Fun filled Dairy Diploma training course.

Elmwood Sports Student Receives Leadership Award

Published on Wednesday, 24th October 2012

A HNC Sports Coaching student from the Elmwood Campus of SRUC (Scotland’s Rural College) has been awarded a Rotary Youth Leadership Award.

Chinese visitors

Our Friends in the East

Published on Wednesday, 24th October 2012

SRUC Edinburgh welcomed a group of visitors from China recently looking to strengthen the links between the Scottish and Chinese rural sectors.

Green keeping

Come to Fife for the best golf ‘courses’ in the world!

Published on Wednesday, 24th October 2012

Scotland may be the home of golf, but Fife is the home of golf education, something it is now being recognised for worldwide.

Henge project turkey visit

Oatridge Boosting Rural Entrepreneurship in Eastern Europe - SRUC Staff Help Inspire Green Business Ideas

Published on Tuesday, 23rd October 2012

Staff from the Oatridge Campus of SRUC (Scotland’s Rural College) have been in Eastern Turkey developing online materials for entrepreneurs with eco friendly ideas.

Lord Jamie Lindsay announcing the bursary

SRUC Launches ‘Going Further’ Bursary

Published on Wednesday, 10th October 2012

SRUC has celebrated its launch with the creation a new £10,000 bursary that will give students the chance to progress on to further study.

Mike Russell MSP Lord Jamie Lindsay Chairman

Food for Thought at SRUC Launch

Published on Wednesday, 10th October 2012

Quality ingredients are vital to every menu, whether a menu of services or the contents of a celebratory banquet, but both were highlighted at the inaugural SRUC Dinner.

Drew Easton talks about Soil Compaction

Barony Event Delivers for Dairy Farmers

Published on Wednesday, 10th October 2012

Local dairy farmers turned out in force for the specialist Dairy Event held at the Barony Campus by Scotland’s Rural College, SRUC.

Scottish parliament

SRUC Warning over CAP to Scottish Parliament Cross Party Group

Published on Wednesday, 10th October 2012

Scotland may struggle to meet its environmental targets if CAP reform is delayed further.

Sutton and Hunter halls

Sizzling Summer at Craibstone

Published on Wednesday, 10th October 2012

We may not have had the greatest farming weather this summer, but business at the Halls of Residence on SRUC’s Aberdeen Campus certainly hotted up this year!

Education Secretary Mike Russell, Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead and SRUC Chairman Lord Jamie Lindsay joined by SRUC students

SRUC Launch Strengthens Support for Agriculture and Rural Sector

Published on Tuesday, 2nd October 2012

Four leading land-based colleges officially merged on 1 October 2012.

SRUC launch - Kings Buildings Campus

Launching SRUC - A Piece of Cake

Published on Tuesday, 2nd October 2012

Merging four colleges is no easy task and there is bound to be the odd hitch along the way, but the local campus events marking the start of Scotland’s Rural College, were a piece of cake, or six.

SRUC Dinner Menu

SRUC Offers Food for Thought at Inaugural Dinner

Published on Tuesday, 2nd October 2012

SRUC’s contribution to Scotland’s food and drink sector will be emphasised at the Inaugural Dinner being held in Murrayfield on Thursday 4th October.

Mike Russell snaps

A Secretary Snaps!

Published on Tuesday, 2nd October 2012

It’s not every day you see a government minister behind the camera, then again, it’s not every day you see students up not long after sunrise.

Go Further with SRUC: Scotland’s Rural College Announces a New Bursary to Celebrate its Launch

Published on Tuesday, 2nd October 2012

SRUC is celebrating its launch with the creation a new £10,000 bursary that will give students the chance to progress on to further study.

SAC Bowlers Polish Technique

Published on Monday, 3rd September 2012

Staff at SAC’s Edinburgh campus are cranking up their social/sports activities for another term, this time at King Buildings Jewel Miners Club for lawn bowls.

Green Gown Awards 2012

Seconds Away…Round Two

Published on Monday, 20th August 2012

The annual Green Gown Awards are the Olympics of sustainability best practise within the further and higher education sectors.

SAC Launches New Website

Published on Wednesday, 1st August 2012

SAC’s new website has been launched today, Wednesday 1 August 2012.

A Welcome to Wildlife At Crichton

Published on Monday, 30th July 2012

SAC and RSPB Scotland have announced an official partnership aimed at making SAC’s Crichton Royal Dairy Research Farm in Dumfries an exemplar for wildlife-friendly dairy farming.

SAC Statement On Dr Sarah Skerratt’s Appointment to Land Reform Review Group

Published on Tuesday, 24th July 2012

In response to today’s Scottish Government announcement that Dr Sarah Skerratt as been appointed Vice-chair of the Land Reform Review Group, SAC Chief Executive and Principal Professor Bob Webb said:

Kirkton Farm: flood waters pouring through the yard

The Kirkton Flood

Published on Monday, 23rd July 2012

As the SAC staff based there constantly remind us, it can be very wet at Kirkton. However, Thursday last week was really wet and I mean really wet!

SAC Chief Executive and Principal Congratulates Graduands

Published on Friday, 6th July 2012

SAC Chief Executive and Principal Professor Bob Webb has congratulated the 177 graduands who attended this year’s SAC’s graduation ceremony on Friday 6 July.

Scientific Advisor to the EU Receives SAC Honorary Fellowship

Published on Friday, 6th July 2012

Professor Anne Glover, Chief scientific Adviser to the president of the European Commission has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship of SAC.

Top Prize For SAC’s Fiona Burnett

Published on Friday, 6th July 2012

Dr Fiona Burnett, who leads the Applied Practice Team of SAC’s Crop and Soil Systems Group, has received the 2012 RC Stewart Prize for effort and excellence in outreach activities.

Land-based Colleges Welcome Education Secretary’s Parliamentary Statement of Support

Published on Thursday, 28th June 2012

This news has been released on behalf of the four colleges - Barony, Elmwood, Oatridge and SAC.

Highland Show is Out of This World

Published on Monday, 25th June 2012

This year’s Royal Highland Show at Ingliston may have been wet and muddy but this did not dampen the enthusiasm of the several hundred visitors who passed through SAC’s Show Pavilion.

New SRUC Shadow Board Appointed to Progress College Merger

Published on Monday, 11th June 2012

A special meeting of members of the SAC Board and Board representatives of Oatridge, Elmwood and Barony Colleges has now agreed the composition of the SRUC Shadow Board.

Craibstone Reunion after 50 Years

Published on Monday, 11th June 2012

SAC Craibstone recently played host to 13 former students from the North of Scotland Agricultural College celebrating 50 years since their graduation.

Gold and Silver Gilt for SAC Students at Gardening Scotland

Published on Friday, 1st June 2012

Both Show Gardens designed and built by SAC students have won medals at Gardening Scotland, the country’s premier Horticultural Festival.

Horn of Plenty Gardeners Win Silver Gilt at Gardening Scotland

Published on Friday, 1st June 2012

The SAC students who collected a Silver Gilt Medal at Gardening Scotland for the Cornucopia “Horn of Plenty” design are delighted.

Olympic Roller coaster For SAC Staff and Students

Published on Wednesday, 30th May 2012

SAC students and staff have an added interest in this year’s Olympics and Paralympics. Three colleagues are directly involved in one way or another, but it has proved a roller coaster for them.

Meanwhile at Ingliston - Gardening Scotland Entries Readied

Published on Tuesday, 29th May 2012

After Chelsea comes Gardening Scotland on the Royal Highland Showground at Ingliston.

Westminster Minister Visits SAC

Published on Tuesday, 29th May 2012

Lord Taylor of Holbeach, the Parliamentary Under Secretary at DEFRA, recently visited SAC to see at first hand the research being carried out with DEFRA funding.

Colleges Announce Their Decision to Merge

Published on Monday, 28th May 2012

The Boards of Barony, Elmwood and Oatridge Colleges and SAC have today announced their formal agreement to merge.

Westminster Minister Learns from Borders Monitor Farm

Published on Monday, 28th May 2012

When Borders farmer Alistair Hodge volunteered to put his farm in the spotlight he realised he was opening up his business to his peers.

Tailored policies needed now for rural Scotland, argues new SAC report

Published on Sunday, 27th May 2012

National policies must be better tailored and localised for supporting rural Scotland, argues a new SAC Rural Policy Centre report.

SAC Very Proud As Garden Design Students win Chelsea Medal

Published on Tuesday, 22nd May 2012

SAC Principal and Chief Executive Professor Bob Webb has congratulated the 6 SAC HND Garden Design Students who have just been awarded a RHS Silver-Gilt Medal at the Chelsea Flower Show.

SAC Establishes Further Links with China

Published on Thursday, 17th May 2012

SAC Professors, Geoff Simm and David McKenzie have just returned from a productive visit to China.

Death of Former Auchincruive Deputy Principal

Published on Thursday, 17th May 2012

SAC was saddened by the death of Dr David Martin, former Deputy Principal of the West of Scotland Agricultural College.

Land-based College Merger Consultation Closes

Published on Wednesday, 9th May 2012

The public consultation for the merger of Scotland’s four leading land-based colleges has officially closed.

One Week To Go Before Land-based College Merger Consultation Closes

Published on Wednesday, 2nd May 2012

There are just a few days to go before the public consultation for the merger of Scotland’s four leading land-based colleges officially closes.

Merger Consultation is Underway

Published on Monday, 26th March 2012

Scotland’s four leading colleges for the land-based industries have launched a public and stakeholder consultation seeking input into their proposal to merge.

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