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Research at SRUC

Our Vision

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.

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Our Research Strategy

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
  • CT and ultrasound scanning
  • Animal and crop science laboratory facilities

See Also


REF 2014

REF 2014

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.

RESAS Strategic Programme 2011-2016

Scottish Government logo landscape

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

Dr Eileen Wall

Head of Research, Head Of Animal And Vet Science, Integrative Animal Sciences

Address: Roslin Institute Building, Easter Bush, Midlothian EH25 9RG

Telephone: 0131 651 9339