To be a dynamic and innovative research community that benefits the rural economy and rural communities and enhances their environment.
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.
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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.
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.
The overall aim is to build a platform of knowledge that informs issues related to climate change, land use and food security, while contributing to sustainable economic growth
Interim Vice Principal Research
Address: Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), Peter Wilson Building, Kings Buildings, West Mains Road, Edinburgh EH9 3JG
Telephone: 0131 535 4023
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