SRUC strategy Q&A
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Q – When will changes be introduced?
A – Over the next four weeks, the SRUC will be gathering the views of staff, students, and stakeholders. Our ambition for SRUC is founded on integrating world-class research with the provision across Scotland of the learning and skills support and consultancy/advisory activity needed to enable Scotland’s agri-rural economy to flourish.
We want to develop a 21st Century operating model that combines innovation, centres of excellence and a rich student experience with a decentralised, locally sensitive approach. That requires fresh thinking in order to develop a financially sustainable model. The Board and EMT have agreed the direction but want to engage closely with staff, students and stakeholders before deciding on the most appropriate model. We anticipate that an agreed model will be finalised by Autumn 2017.
Q – How will your move to greater decentralisation affect relations with external groups?
A – Our investors and partners in the rural sector tell us very clearly that they want SRUC to work more closely with them and to be able to respond to their needs more rapidly. This will require more empowerment and greater decentralisation of decision-making to ensure that we have greater ownership of local issues and can respond quickly and appropriately.
Q – Who will lead SRUC’s greater involvement with industry at local and regional level?
A – We are expanding the role of the Deans in local and regional engagement.
Q – How will SRUC ensure the skills needs of industry are properly identified and supported?
A – While we already seek to work closely with industry to understand and support current needs, the launch of our new strategy and the current discussion period provide an opportunity for us to refresh and enhance these connections. The decentralisation of decision making is key in enabling SRUC to respond more effectively and quickly to industry needs.