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Shaun and Catriona then and now

School friends reunited

Published: Thursday, 7th November 2019

More than 20 years after leaving school in Ayr, Catriona Hawthorn and Shaun Dowse have both ended up studying at Scotland’s Rural College – but 80 miles apart.

Gulfoss (Golden Falls) in the South West of Iceland

Iceland Rocks

Published: Tuesday, 2nd July 2019

A tourism lecturer from Scotland’s Rural College has been learning about what makes Iceland a ‘hot’ travel destination on a study tour to the Nordic island.

Katie Dubarry, left, and Hayley Colbert

New face tops Student Association

Published: Friday, 14th June 2019

A new face on the student politics scene and a long-serving representative are among the seven officers elected to Scotland’s Rural College’s Student Association (SRUCSA).

Olivia Khan Wonky Produce Winner

24-carrot student

Published: Tuesday, 28th May 2019

An Ayr-based student has been given a personal factory tour after winning a ‘wonky produce’ competition.

Ian Buchanan with one of his pigs

Aiming for the pinnacle

Published: Wednesday, 10th April 2019

Three students from Scotland’s Rural College are among eight finalists shortlisted in the 2019 Farmers Club Pinnacle Awards.

Careers Event at Ayr Campus

SRUC’s annual careers event a big success

Published: Monday, 4th March 2019

Scotland’s Rural College recently hosted a successful careers event at its Ayr campus.

SRUC Ayr Student Claire Simonetta with her British Education Award.

High flying Ayr student wins prestigious national award

Published: Tuesday, 14th February 2017

A high-flying student from the Ayr Campus has been named regional winner for Scotland at a prestigious national education award.

Claire Simonetta

SRUC Ayr student shortlisted for British Education Awards

Published: Monday, 9th January 2017

A high-flying student from the Ayr Campus of Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) has been shortlisted for another national education award – just weeks after being named Agricultural Student of the Year.

Ayr prize giving students

Ayr prize giving honours students’ efforts

Published: Wednesday, 7th December 2016

Students who had excelled in their studies received special awards at the recent prize giving at Ayr campus in front of proud family, friends, and staff.

AgriScot business

SRUC Ayr campus student wins national 2016 AgriScot Business Skills Award

Published: Wednesday, 23rd November 2016

A student at the Ayr campus of Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) has been named as the winner of the prestigious national 2016 AgriScot Business Skills Award.

Claire simonetta

SRUC Ayr Student Wins National Agricultural Student of the Year

Published: Thursday, 13th October 2016

A high-flying student from the Ayr Campus of Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) is celebrating after winning a national Agricultural Student of the Year ‘Oscar’ by a leading industry publication.

Heather kerr

SRUC Student Trio Enjoy Their Hands-on Work Placements with SAC Consulting

Published: Wednesday, 17th August 2016

A trio of third year students, studying at Scotland’s Rural College, have been enjoying their 10 week placements in local offices of SAC Consulting.

Katrina Dick

Ayr Student Wins Prestigious Bayeux Prize

Published: Wednesday, 3rd August 2016

An honours graduate in Countryside Management at SRUC Ayr has won the college’s prestigious Bayeux Prize after overcoming a series of considerable personal challenges to be successful in her studies.

Fast fury

Fast and the Furry-ious ….

Published: Wednesday, 3rd August 2016

Dogs are a fundamental part of rural life – but these working dogs also excel at dog sports like agility and flyball.

Martina Bradacova

SRUC Ayr Activity Tourism Student Reaches Finals of Prestigious National Business Competition

Published: Monday, 30th May 2016

A Czech student studying Activity Tourism Management at the Ayr campus of Scotland’s Rural College reached the finals of a prestigious national business competition for budding product inventors.

Claire Simonetta and Fraser Graham

Proposal for an Agricultural Supply Co-Op on Mull Wins SRUC Student a Trip to Ireland

Published: Wednesday, 11th May 2016

A business case for a new agricultural supply co-operative on Mull has won two third year SRUC Agriculture Honours students, studying at the Ayr campus, a study trip to Ireland.

Sports Coaching degree students

Training Trip of Lifetime to Sweden for Sports Students at SRUC Ayr

Published: Friday, 26th February 2016

With just under a month to go, preparation is in full flow for 26 Sports Coaching Degree Students from SRUC’s Ayr Campus, ahead of their two week training placement at the Olympic Institute in Sweden.

curling curler

Top Skip Sophie Bound for Denmark and World Junior Championships

Published: Thursday, 11th February 2016

Ayr based SRUC student Sophie Jackson’s recent success at the Scottish Junior Curling Championships means she will soon be Copenhagen bound to compete in the World Junior Competition.

Pinnacle Award winners 2015

SRUC Student Projects Praised at Pinnacle Awards

Published: Wednesday, 20th May 2015

Projects presented by two SRUC student finalists were praised by judges at the prestigious Farmers Club Pinnacle Awards in London.

Elmwood Professional Golf Students

Hands on EU Opportunities for SRUC Sports Students

Published: Wednesday, 6th May 2015

Over 60 students SRUC sports students have been in Spain and Sweden, furthering their studies while gaining work experience as part of an EU initiative.

Pinnacle Award Finalist Robert Clunas

SRUC Students Shortlisted for London Final of Prestigious Farm Business Award

Published: Wednesday, 22nd April 2015

Two students from Scotland’s Rural College are among eight finalists shortlisted in the 2015 Farmers Club Pinnacle Awards for Excellence in Business Management.

Frankie Alcock

Touching Rugby Down Under – Two From Scotland’s Rural College Represent Their Country in World Cup

Published: Wednesday, 8th April 2015

A student and a member of staff from Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) will be travelling to Australia to represent and to captain Scotland’s Touch Rugby Teams at the Touch World Cup later this month.

Ayr Riverside Erasmus Tour

SRUC Students at Elmwood and Ayr Riverside Offered Opportunity in Europe

Published: Wednesday, 17th December 2014

Over 60 students from the Elmwood and Ayr Riverside campuses of Scotland’s Rural College will take part in study tours to Sweden and Spain next year, through an EU funded Erasmus Project.


Vote of Confidence in Poultry Course at SRUC Ayr from Award Winning Distance Learner

Published: Wednesday, 17th December 2014

An award winning poultry student has given a vote of confidence on what the Ayr Riverside campus of Scotland’s Rural College has to offer.

Kathryn Trinder

Secret Garden Unearthed at Riverside Campus

Published: Wednesday, 19th November 2014

One of the best kept secrets at the Riverside Campus is being transformed by a group of horticulture students from Scotland’s Rural College.

SRUC's 25th Annual Horticulture Lecture Tackles Plant Grafting

Published: Monday, 10th November 2014

Horticulture Lecturer Peter MacDonald will offer a glimpse into the diverse world of plant grafting at the College’s 25th Annual Public Horticulture Lecture at the Riverside Campus on 2 December.

Tom Andrews China visit

A Busy but Rewarding Trip to Mongolia for Tom

Published: Wednesday, 15th October 2014

Tom Andrews, of the Agriculture & Business Management Department, Riverside Campus, Ayr, is the latest SRUC staff member to travel to the People's Republic of China.

Alex Robb and Briony Dall SRUCSA

Students at Scotland’s Rural College Elect New Presidential Team

Published: Wednesday, 25th June 2014

Students at Scotland’s Rural College have elected their new presidential team.

Crown Estate School Trophy

SRUC Bat Boxes help Award Winning Ayrshire Primary School

Published: Wednesday, 25th June 2014

Bat boxes built with the help of Students from SRUC's Ayr Campus contributed to Dreghorn primary school’s “Scotland’s Finest Woods Award” presented on the Crown Estate's stand at the Highland Show.

Riverside community garden - Melanie Hall (SAUWS)

Riverside Community Garden Takes Root at Ayr Campus

Published: Wednesday, 16th April 2014

Designs by two Garden Design students at Scotland's Rural College Ayr campus form the basis of a new Riverside Community Garden which aims to encourage staff to get active in helping the environment.

SRUC NSPCC garden designers

Delight as NSPCC and Scotland’s Rural College win Artisan Garden Design Award

Published: Wednesday, 2nd April 2014

NSPCC Scotland and students from SRUC’s Ayr campus are celebrating after their entry to this year’s Gardening Scotland event won an Artisan Garden Design award for its ‘stylish and desirable’ design.

SCONUL Design Award - Riverside Campus Library

Ayr Campus Library Unveils design Award

Published: Wednesday, 2nd April 2014

Staff from SRUC Ayr Riverside campus joined colleagues from University of the West of Scotland (UWS) at the unveiling of the prestigious SCONUL Design Award, won for their Campus Library.

Dairy cattle

Student Andrew Taylor Makes London Final

Published: Tuesday, 25th March 2014

Ayrshire young farmer Andrew Taylor, an agriculture student at the Riverside campus of Scotland’s Rural College is one of four to reach the London final of a national dairy competition.

Nikki Sutcliffe

Ayrshire Student to Compete for Scotland in Celtic Nations

Published: Friday, 21st March 2014

A student from Scotland’s Rural College has been selected to play for Scotland in the prestigious Scottish Universities’ Celtic Nations tournament.

Ayr Maddie Woods Survey

Sustainable Building – An Innovative Challenge for Ayr Students

Published: Wednesday, 13th November 2013

Second year Sustainable Building Technology students at the Ayr Campus of Scotland’s Rural College recently received their brief for an innovative course competition.

Studying in Riverside Campus Library

Leading Design Award for Ayr Riverside Library

Published: Wednesday, 6th November 2013

The library students and staff at the Ayr Campus of Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) share with the University of the West of Scotland has won a prestigious design award.

Student Stephen Porch, measuring and condition scoring a Juniper bush

SRUC Students Get Juniper Restoration Project Underway

Published: Wednesday, 14th August 2013

Students and staff from our Ayr campus have begun work on the Juniper restoration project they are undertaking in partnership with the Scottish Wildlife Trust and distillers William Grant and Sons.

Bee Serious at Ayr Flower Show

SRUC Staff and Students Could Not Bee More Serious About Science

Published: Wednesday, 14th August 2013

SRUC and the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh teamed up for a “Talking Science” event at the Ayr Flower Show.


How to Run Racerunning – Learning Means Fun for Ayr Students

Published: Wednesday, 5th June 2013

SRUC Sports students recently helped organise a ‘Racerunning’ event in Ayr.

Countryside Management students

Getting to Know SRUC: Countryside Management

Published: Wednesday, 29th May 2013

First year Countryside Management students at Riverside recently had a great session down on the River Ayr doing some kick sampling to work on their freshwater invertebrate ID skills.

Cornucopia show team

Entries to Gardening Scotland from the Ayr, Cupar, Broxburn and Edinburgh Campuses of Scotland’s Rural College

Published: Wednesday, 22nd May 2013

With gardeners from fifteen months to fifty-plus contributing to its entries at Edinburgh’s annual “Gardening Scotland” show, SRUC emphasises the role horticulture can play for all generations.

Riverside Hears Lecturer on Government Energy

Published: Wednesday, 6th March 2013

The UK Government’s strategy for keeping the lights on while meeting targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions was the focus of a recent talk at SRUC’s Riverside campus, Ayr.

Ayr Together Now

Published: Wednesday, 27th February 2013

Sports students at Riverside Campus have been awfully busy since term began planning and running a number of sporting and charity events.


Have fun on a run for a fantastic cause!

Published: Wednesday, 30th January 2013

SRUC students have organised a fun run along the river to raise money for Ayrshire Hospice as part of their degree in Sports Coaching and Development.

Harewood’s Himalayan Garden: 24th SRUC/Royal Horticultural Society Annual Public Lecture

Published: Thursday, 20th December 2012

The story of a pre–war garden and its twenty-first-century revival will be told at the 24th annual lecture to be organised in Ayr by SRUC (formerly SAC) and the Royal Horticultural Society.

Celebrating our Students… and our Staff!

Published: Wednesday, 12th December 2012

Last month was a time of celebration for SRUC’s Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Ayr Campuses as they hosted their annual student prize giving awards.

Greskine visit

SRUC’s Riverside Students Share Barony Forestry Expertise

Published: Wednesday, 31st October 2012

A group of third year Countryside Management Students from SRUC’s Riverside campus in Ayr visited the Forestry Commission site at Greskine (west of Moffat).

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