Equality and Diversity

SRUC is an integrated institution delivering tertiary education, research and consultancy to serve a wide range of stakeholders in agriculture, land and the rural sector.

We are a designated higher education institution and are recognised by the Scottish Funding Council as a Small Specialist Institution. SRUC also receives funding from the Scottish Government Rural and Environmental Science and Analytical Services Division for research and consulting activity.

Our main education activities are delivered from six campuses, including four education farms: Aberdeen, Ayr, Barony (nine miles from Dumfries), Edinburgh, Elmwood (in Cupar, Fife) and Oatridge (in Ecclesmachan, West Lothian).

Consultancy activity is delivered through a network of 26 consultancy offices spread across Scotland and northern England and eight veterinary disease surveillance centres in Scotland.

Attracting Diversity project

Between 2015 and 2018 SRUC was part of an Advance HE (formerly ECU) project on Attracting Diversity. Our work increasingly focussed on our Veterinary Nursing provision where there was a predominance of female students. We are very keen to encourage more male into this exciting profession and the reports below summarise our considerations and future actions. A sector wide report is being prepared by Advance HE and we will make that available once published.

Attracting Diversity Case Study (160.67 KB, PDF)
Attracting Diversity Project Methodology (217.13 KB, PDF)
Attracting Diversity Report (179.38 KB, PDF)

Equality, Human Rights and Inclusion

SRUC is committed to valuing diversity, advancing equality of opportunity and respecting human rights in all aspects of our activities.

Read our Equality, Human Rights and Inclusion Policy Statement to find out more. 

Public Sector Equality Duties

The Equality Act 2010 Public Sector Equality Duty requires public authorities, in the exercise of their functions, to have due regard to the need to:

  • Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation, and other prohibited conduct.
  • Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a relevant protected characteristic and those who do not.
  • Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.

The Public Sector Equality Duty covers the following protected characteristics:

  • Age.
  • Disability.
  • Gender.
  • Gender reassignment.
  • Pregnancy and maternity.
  • Race.
  • Religion or belief.
  • Sexual orientation.

The Public Sector Equality Duty also covers marriage and civil partnerships, with regard to eliminating unlawful discrimination in employment. These functions include those concerned with service provision and employment.

Scottish Specific Duties

The specific duties in Scotland were created by secondary legislation in the Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties) (Scotland) Regulations 2012. Statutory specific equality duties for Scotland came into force on 27th May 2012. The eight components are:

  • Publish equality outcomes by the 30th April 2013 and report progress every two years.
  • Report on mainstreaming the equality duty by the 30th April 2013, and thereafter every two years.
  • Assess and review policies and practices, on-going.
  • Gather and use employee information, and publish in the mainstreaming report.
  • Publish gender pay gap information by the 30th April 2013 and report progress every two years.
  • Publish statements on equal pay by the 30th April 2013, and at four year intervals.
  • Consider award criteria and conditions in relation to public procurement.
  • Publish in a manner that is accessible.

In April 2015 SRUC published the Mainstreaming and Equality Outcomes Report below as per the requirements of the Public Sector Equality Duty:

SRUC Mainstreaming and Equality Outcomes Report 2013-2015.

Gender pay gap information.

Copies in alternative formats and community languages will be made available on request.

SRUC Gender Action Plan 2017-2020

In August 2016 the Scottish Funding Council launched its plans to address gender imbalance in subjects offered across Scotland’s Colleges and Universities and the gender gap between male and female undergraduates.   

To contribute to the sector’s achievement, SRUC has developed a Gender Action Plan to cover the academic years 2017/18 –2020/21. 

The outputs from, and impact of, the plan will  be regularly reviewed and the plan updated accordingly. The plan provides greater detail to aims and actions included within the Outcome Agreement and SRUC’s Equality Outcomes and Action Plan 2017-2021.

Download: SRUC gender action plan 2017-2020

SRUC’s support for our Care Experienced students and students who are Carers

SRUC seeks to support those considering further and higher education who are care experienced or act as carers. We encourage those who are thinking of studying at SRUC who are care experienced or are carers to contact us to discuss how we can support their transition. The Education Division has identified staff to guide, advise and support and has a plan of action to further develop its services and evaluate progress.

Download the current SRUC care experienced and carer plan here

Download SRUC’s report into the first three year’s of its Corporate Parenting responsibilities

SRUC BSL Action Plan

At SRUC we are committed to creating and maintaining an inclusive culture that ensures we have a supportive environment for prospective and current staff and students, and members of the public. We aim to create an environment where everyone is aware of the support we offer and to ensure that  our services are accessible to all ensuring that all members of our community are able to participate equally.

Find out more about SRUC BSL plan

Human Resources

Address: Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), Peter Wilson Building, Kings Buildings, West Mains Road, Edinburgh EH9 3JG.

Telephone: 0131 535 4420

E-mail: humanresources@sruc.ac.uk