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SRUC research shows impact of small grants on rural firms

Windfarm windfall boosts businesses

Published: Tuesday, 29th October 2019

A company that rents electric bikes was among a number of Scottish rural businesses to benefit from a windfarm windfall.

Professor Davy McCracken

Professor to help shape future rural policy

Published: Friday, 2nd August 2019

SRUC’s Head of Integrated Land Management has joined a panel of academic experts to review and advise on future rural policy in Scotland.

Rural businesses play an important role in Scotland’s economy

Scots rural businesses upbeat despite challenges

Published: Thursday, 18th July 2019

Nearly three-quarters of rural businesses in Scotland reported that they had a good operating environment in 2018, despite facing a number of challenges.

Lifeline not a luxury

Lifeline, not a luxury

Published: Tuesday, 14th May 2019

Air travel is a ‘lifeline, not a luxury’ for people living and working in the Highlands and Islands, according to a new report.

SRUC researcher Dr Jane Atterton at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg

Exploring the rural-urban divide

Published: Tuesday, 9th April 2019

An SRUC researcher has been speaking about the “rural-urban divide” at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg.

Gender pay gap decreases in rural areas

Study shows decline in rural gender pay gap

Published: Friday, 8th March 2019

Researchers in SRUC’s Rural Policy Centre have completed a scoping study on the gender pay gap in rural Scotland.

David Barnes receiving his honorary SRUC fellowship from SRUC Principal Wayne Powell (left) and SRUC Chairman Sandy Cumming (right) last year

Agricultural advisor ‘breaks his duck’

Published: Wednesday, 13th February 2019

Agricultural advisor and Honorary Fellow David Barnes visited Scotland’s Rural College to talk to students about the Scottish Government’s future farm support policy.

SRUC students meet the members of the Scottish Affairs Committee.

From Westminster to Oatridge

Published: Monday, 4th February 2019

SRUC students discussed the future of Scottish Agriculture with a group of MPs visiting Oatridge Campus on Monday 28 January.

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Rural Brexit at the House of Lords

Published: Wednesday, 12th December 2018

The common and distinct challenges facing rural areas in Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland were discussed at the House of Lords during an event co-organised by SRUC’s Rural Policy Centre.

Gender pay gap decreases in rural areas

Gender pay gap decreases in rural areas

Published: Thursday, 15th November 2018

The gender pay gap in rural, island and remote areas has decreased over the last decade.

Post-Brexit discussions in London

Post-Brexit discussions in London

Published: Thursday, 2nd August 2018

Staff from SRUC's Rural Policy Centre recently spent a day in London talking to politicians and policy makers about post-Brexit challenges in Scotand.

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Huge response to Recharging Rural

Published: Monday, 30th July 2018

Rural communities are coming together to improve their quality of life but feel as though they are becoming more remote, according to research from The Prince’s Countryside Fund and SRUC.

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Film highlights ‘human story’ of migrant workforce

Published: Monday, 25th June 2018

A short film highlighting the “human story” behind Scottish agriculture’s seasonal migrant workforce has been unveiled by SRUC’s Rural Policy Centre.


Starter for ten

Published: Tuesday, 29th May 2018

There are ten key questions following Brexit that policymakers for rural Scotland must ask themselves.

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Highlands and Islands face post-Brexit challenges

Published: Friday, 18th May 2018

A senior agricultural economist at SRUC has helped to produce a new report highlighting the challenges that could face farming and crofting communities in the Highlands and Islands, post Brexit.

Seasonal Workers in Scottish Agriculture

New research highlights key role of seasonal migrant workers in Scottish agriculture

Published: Sunday, 25th March 2018

The valuable role played by thousands of seasonal migrant workers in Scottish agriculture has been highlighted in a new report by Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC).

Rural Scotland

Scottish rural businesses who go digital could add £2.5bn to Scotland’s economy says new report

Published: Monday, 12th March 2018

Annual business turnover in rural areas could grow by at least £1.44 billion across Scotland, with rural microbusiness and small-sized business seeing the greatest returns.

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Marianna Markantoni in 2017 Scottish Crucible award

Published: Wednesday, 11th October 2017

Marianna Markantoni, a Rural Society Researcher with SRUC’s Rural Policy Centre, has been selected to be among the 30 outstanding scientists of the 2017 Scottish Crucible.

Rural Policy Centre launches survey into migrant labour in Scottish agriculture

Published: Wednesday, 5th July 2017

Researchers at SRUC are seeking help from farmers and rural businesses using seasonal migrant labour in Scottish agriculture.

Brexit seminar

Inaugural Brexit seminar explores key issues

Published: Wednesday, 14th June 2017

SRUC’s inaugural Brexit seminar explored key issues affecting Scottish and wider UK rural policy at this early stage in the Brexit process.

Sarah Skerratt at Rural Scotland in Focus 2016

Professor Sarah Skerratt becomes a Fellow of Royal Society of Arts

Published: Tuesday, 18th April 2017

Professor Sarah Skerratt, Director of SRUC’s Rural Policy Centre, has been honoured by becoming a Fellow of the prestigious Royal Society of Arts (RSA).

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Rural Policy Centre advises Council of Europe on rural development priorities

Published: Tuesday, 28th March 2017

SRUC’s Rural Policy Centre (RPC) has been commissioned to give evidence to the Council of Europe (COE) on the development of rural areas focusing particularly on remote regions across the continent.

Rural scotland photo landscape

Survey highlights mental health issues in rural Scotland

Published: Wednesday, 15th March 2017

Of the men and women completing a survey of mental health issues in rural Scotland 67% reported suffering depression and 22% admitted to suicidal thoughts and feelings.

Sarah Skerratt at Rural Scotland in Focus 2016

(Video) Brexit fears aired at launch of Rural Scotland in Focus

Published: Wednesday, 7th December 2016

One in five Scottish farmers and crofters may retire early due to fears over Brexit.

Impact of renewables

Rural Policy Centre discuss social impacts of renewables on young people

Published: Wednesday, 23rd November 2016

Secondary school students took part in a recent workshop in Argyll where they discussed how community owned renewable energy projects in rural communities can impact on their lives.

Harris wind turbine

SRUC’s Rural Policy Centre to discuss social impacts of renewables on young people

Published: Thursday, 20th October 2016

Young people will be involved in a workshop in Argyll next month where they can discuss how community owned renewable energy projects in rural communities can impact on their lives.

Idyllic rural scene

Joint Study Underway into Mental Health in Rural Scotland

Published: Wednesday, 7th September 2016

SRUC has joined forces with charity Support in Mind Scotland to run a survey to discover what it’s like to live with mental ill health in the country’s rural areas.

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Social Enterprises in South of Scotland Vital to Local Economy and Communities

Published: Wednesday, 19th August 2015

A recent report by the Crichton Institute (CI) recognised that social enterprises have an increasingly important role to play in the development of the economy and community in the South of Scotland.

Local Communities Should Play a Key Role in Land Use Decisions

Published: Wednesday, 29th July 2015

Local communities should have a fuller role in decisions on how land is used in Dumfries and Galloway, according to local body the Crichton Institute (CI).

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Scotland’s Horse Industry Needs Greater Coordination and Support

Published: Wednesday, 22nd April 2015

Scotland’s equine industry is growing, and contributes £228 million to the Scottish economy per year (excluding racing); however there is a need for greater regulation and coordination.

Technical Notes

SRUC Technical Notes Catalogue Extended and Revised

Published: Wednesday, 4th March 2015

The catalogue of SRUC’s short, practical field guides has been extended and revised with a number of additions to the list available on the SRUC website.

Jackie Brierton - GrowBiz

Rural Perthshire Enterprise Organisation Invited to Speak at the Scottish Parliament

Published: Friday, 13th February 2015

Jackie Brierton of GrowBiz has been invited to speak at the Scottish Parliament and share her experiences of helping people in rural Perthshire build their own businesses.

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Joined up Approach Needed to Maximise South Scotland’s Forestry Potential

Published: Wednesday, 17th December 2014

Competing policy targets and vague timescales for their implementation may be hampering the exciting potential of forests and woodlands in the South of Scotland.

Rural Scotland Refocused

Successful Rural Scotland Refocused Event

Published: Wednesday, 29th October 2014

The Rural Scotland Refocused event in Edinburgh saw more than eighty representatives from organisations involved with rural communities come together to discuss where rural Scotland should be in 2035.

SRUC Comment on CAP Reform Announcement

Published: Wednesday, 11th June 2014

Following today’s announcement by Cabinet Secretary Richard Lochhead MSP, SRUC makes the following comments.

Dr Sarah Skerratt at Rural Scotland in Focus launch

Scotland’s Rural Poor ‘Falling Through Cracks’ Says New SRUC Report

Published: Wednesday, 4th June 2014

Nearly 60% of over-60s in rural Scotland are living in fuel poverty - evidence that the rural poor and disadvantaged are often ‘falling through the cracks’, according to the new SRUC report.

RPC Advisory Group

New Faces in the Rural Policy Centre

Published: Wednesday, 14th May 2014

SRUC’s Rural Policy Centre has recently appointed an external Advisory Group to input its knowledge and experience into the strategic direction of the Centre.

Offshore windfarm, Dumfires & Galloway

Local Communities Need Support as Wind Energy Projects Grow

Published: Wednesday, 30th April 2014

A new briefing by Crichton Institute warns that Dumfries and Galloway is predicted to soon be responsible for 18% of Scotland’s onshore wind energy capacity.

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More Joint Working Needed to Raise South of Scotland’s Profile

Published: Wednesday, 16th April 2014

Increased collaboration between local authorities, academics, third and private sectors would raise Southern Scotland's profile nationally and beyond, says a new briefing by the Crichton Institute.


Family Estates Can Support Rural Resilience, finds SRUC Study

Published: Wednesday, 16th October 2013

Strong family-owned estates can contribute to the vibrancy of the wider rural communities in which they operate, new research by Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) has concluded.


Guide to CAP reforms from SRUC Rural Policy Centre

Published: Wednesday, 3rd July 2013

Staff linked to the Rural Policy Centre of Scotland’s Rural College were busy in the aftermath of the agreement in Brussels over the reforms of the Common Agricultural Policy.

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Caution needed over demands on rural volunteers, warns Scotland’s Rural College Study

Published: Wednesday, 5th June 2013

Policymakers expecting volunteers to play a bigger role in delivering local services may need to re-think their strategy for rural areas, according to research led by Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC).

Rural Seil

Re-Focusing on Rural Scotland

Published: Wednesday, 5th June 2013

It is exactly a year since we launched the second edition of Rural Scotland in Focus, first published in 2010.

Mike Russell MSP, Crichton Institute launch

New Institute Launched to Support Rural SW Scotland

Published: Wednesday, 13th March 2013

SRUC is playing a leading role in a new institute set up to support regional development in rural South West Scotland.

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RPC begins to blog!

Published: Wednesday, 6th February 2013

The Rural Policy Centre is launching a new blog. They hope it will encourage discussion on a wide range of issues relating to rural policy.

RPC Jane Atterton and Paul Hargreaves

Hot Rural Topics Discussed at Rural Policy Centre Roadshows

Published: Wednesday, 30th January 2013

SRUC’s Rural Policy Centre has taken to the road this week to hold discussion meetings in Dumfries and Ayr.

Scottish parliament

Rural Housing a Focus at Cross Party Group

Published: Wednesday, 12th December 2012

While there were some very nice mince pies on offer at the recent Cross Party Group on Rural Affairs the real meat was to be had at the meeting itself.

Rural Policy Centre at the Parliamentary reception

Rural Policy Centre: Getting the Message Across

Published: Wednesday, 7th November 2012

SRUC’s Rural Policy Centre has been incredibly busy organising both the Rural Scotland in Focus Report Parliamentary Reception and their recent conference ‘can the new SRDP deliver?’

Jane Atterton at OECD conference

Jane’s Siberian Adventure

Published: Tuesday, 23rd October 2012

Dr. Jane Atterton of SRUC’s Rural Policy Centre’s travelled from Edinburgh to Krasnoyarsk in Siberia this month to take part in the OECD’s 8th Rural Development Policy Conference.

Scottish parliament

SRUC Warning over CAP to Scottish Parliament Cross Party Group

Published: Wednesday, 10th October 2012

Scotland may struggle to meet its environmental targets if CAP reform is delayed further.

Sian’s Canadian Quest

Published: Monday, 3rd September 2012

Assistant researcher Siân Ringrose has just returned from Canada and a quest to learn about international rural policy, knowledge mobilization (KMb) and programmes integrating research into practice.

Jane Atterton, for SAC-RPC, New York!

Published: Tuesday, 29th May 2012

Jane Atterton from SAC’s Rural Policy Centre was in New York State earlier this month as part of TARRN - the Trans-Atlantic Rural Research Network - involving experts from both sides of the Atlantic.

Tailored policies needed now for rural Scotland, argues new SAC report

Published: Sunday, 27th May 2012

National policies must be better tailored and localised for supporting rural Scotland, argues a new SAC Rural Policy Centre report.

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