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1.5 External Relations

Accountability relationships, including reports to regulators

The contact for accountability and reports to regulators is Janet Swadling, Deputy Principal and Chief Executive (, 0131 535 4000)”.

SRUC's Contracts Office provides information on performance indicators and metrics for all research activities and on contract information for SAC Consulting.

Internal and external audit arrangements

The main contact for internal and external audits is Janet Swadling, Deputy Principal and Chief Executive (, 0131 535 4000).

SRUC Contracts Office is responsible for all internal and external audits to do with maintenance of externally validated and recognised quality assurance standards e.g. ISO9001/2008. Please contact Dr Mike Smith, Head of Contracts Office,, 0131 535 4074.

SRUC Finance is responsible for all financially related internal and external audits. Please contact Nancy McGowan, Finance Group Manager,, 0131 535 4160.

Subsidiary companies and other significant financial interests

List of Companies

  • SRUC (SC103046)
  • SAC Commercial Limited (SC148684)
  • SAC Corporate Trustee Limited (SC151249)

SAC Consulting, a division of SRUC, provides a range of consultancy services.

Information on these services can be found on our SAC Consulting homepage. Details of structure, mission statement, customer feedback and standards can be found on About SAC Consulting.

Strategic agreements with other bodies

We have various strategic agreements e.g. MOUs/Collaboration Agreements with over 100 organisations both in the UK e.g. The University of Edinburgh and overseas e.g. EMBRAPA, Brazil. 

For further information please contact Dr Mike Smith, Head of Contracts Office,, 0131 535 4074.

Alumni Relations

SRUC strives to maintain lifelong relationships with former students and staff, to help build a sustainable future for the rural sector.

Please visit the alumni web pages for more information.

For more information about Alumni activities, contact Julie van den Driesche, Alumni Relations Manager; King’s Buildings, West Mains Road, Edinburgh EH9 3JG; 0131 535 4488;

Community Relations

For information about the facilities and services available at each of SRUC's six campuses, please visit the campus homeages:

Development Activities

SRUC does not currently have a programme of institutional fundraising but plans are in progress and more information will be available here mid-2013.

Public Relations

SRUC's Communications Unit provides wide-raning support services to all the SRUC Divisions with respect to:

  • internal and extranl communications
  • outreach events: e.g. conferences, exhibitions, specialist meetings

The Unit employs 12 members of staff covering public and media relations, events, digital communications, graphic design and multimedia.

The Communications Unit is responsible for the issue of materials created specifically to publicise SRUC's facilities and activities. Two key communications mechanisms are the regualr distribution of press releases and the production of the organisational e-newsletter, SRUC News. Press releases and SRUC News items can be found in the Latest News section of this website.

For further information about SRUC public relations activity or the work of the Communications Unit, contact Jane Smernicki, Head of Communications,, 0131 535 4000.

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