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.
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.
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.
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.
Published: Tuesday, 9th April 2019
An SRUC researcher has been speaking about the “rural-urban divide” at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Published: Thursday, 15th November 2018
The gender pay gap in rural, island and remote areas has decreased over the last decade.
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.
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.
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.
Published: Tuesday, 29th May 2018
There are ten key questions following Brexit that policymakers for rural Scotland must ask themselves.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Published: Wednesday, 5th July 2017
Researchers at SRUC are seeking help from farmers and rural businesses using seasonal migrant labour in Scottish agriculture.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Published: Wednesday, 7th December 2016
One in five Scottish farmers and crofters may retire early due to fears over Brexit.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Published: Wednesday, 11th June 2014
Following today’s announcement by Cabinet Secretary Richard Lochhead MSP, SRUC makes the following comments.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?’
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.
Published: Wednesday, 10th October 2012
Scotland may struggle to meet its environmental targets if CAP reform is delayed further.
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.
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.
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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