SRUC

BSc (Hons) Agriculture

Campus: SRUC King's Buildings, Edinburgh

"SRUC offered a broad range of topics covering core areas of agriculture as well as allowing for more specified teaching my in fourth year. It also gave me the opportunity to move to Scotland which is a place I have always enjoyed being in the past."

After finishing a foundation degree in Agriculture in his home country of Northern Ireland, Christopher Ruddock wanted to continue studying.

The 23-year-old, who comes from a small beef farm in Co. Armagh, decided to move to Scotland to study Agriculture at SRUC’s King’s Buildings campus in Edinburgh.

“My parents rear dairy bred beef calves from two weeks to finishing and I have also been fortunate enough to work in various farming businesses throughout Scotland and England, as well as in New Zealand,” he said. “This has given me a broad range of experiences and I love to see how different farming systems work for different people.

“I chose SRUC as I wanted to continue my education and SRUC offered a broad range of topics covering core areas of agriculture as well as allowing for more specified teaching in my fourth year. It also gave me the opportunity to move to Scotland which is a place I have always enjoyed being in the past.”

Like most students, the biggest challenge he faced during his two years at SRUC was the change brought about by Covid-19. Before the pandemic hit, Christopher enjoyed the wide range and number of guest speakers who came to SRUC to discuss their chosen subject with the group.

“As with everyone, the biggest challenge of the last 18 months has been Covid-19 which meant face-to-face teaching ended in March 2020,” he said.

“Whilst this initially seemed quite daunting, I feel like the online teaching worked well. Everybody missed the social aspect of meeting in person, but online learning did have its own benefits. Being able to replay the recorded lectures meant I could achieve greater clarity of more difficult topics.

“Furthermore, as I have been living on a farm outside of Edinburgh, it was nice to be able to go out in the morning and feed the cattle before class instead of having to drive for an hour.”

After graduating with a BSc (Hons) degree, he plans to continue working in agriculture in Scotland.

“I think agriculture will see some great changes over the next few years and hopefully that will allow new entrants like myself to begin farming in Scotland.”