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Former student among new SRUC Board members

Published: Friday, 8th January 2021

A former student at SRUC is among three new non-executive directors to be appointed to the SRUC Board.

Four former SRUC students up for national award

Four former SRUC students up for national award

Published: Wednesday, 19th August 2020

Four former SRUC students – including one who now works for SAC Consulting – are among the finalists in this year’s British Farming Awards.

Cath Seeds has been recording virtual field trips for her students

SRUC community swings into action over coronavirus

Published: Thursday, 26th March 2020

Former students from Scotland’s Rural College have been joining staff to take action against the impact of coronavirus.

Former Barony student and herd manager Eamon Monaghan is up for a Young Farmer of the Year award

Former Barony student up for Young Farmer award

Published: Friday, 21st February 2020

A former Agriculture student and herd manager at SRUC’s Barony campus has been shortlisted for a Young Farmer of the Year award.

Seaweed cosmetics entrepreneur Ben Oakes with his body and lip balm products

New beard oil fit for Santa

Published: Tuesday, 17th December 2019

A Skye seaweed cosmetics entrepreneur has expanded his range of skincare products with the launch of a new beard oil and wax – just in time for Santa as he prepares for his busiest night of the year.

HRH Prince Philip at the official opening of Oatridge in 1974

Search for golden memories as Oatridge turns 50

Published: Tuesday, 3rd December 2019

Scotland’s Rural College is looking for former students and staff who studied or worked at its Oatridge campus to get in touch ahead of celebrations to mark its 50th anniversary.

Kirsty Wilson, Rosie Burgon and Jennifer Wright at the Grow Careers event

Planting seeds for the future

Published: Tuesday, 26th November 2019

Four former students from Scotland’s Rural College joined other experts at a Grow Careers event showcasing opportunities in the field of horticulture.

Former SRUC Animal Care students Rebecca (left) and Shari (right) now work with birds of prey

Elmwood students flying high in new careers

Published: Tuesday, 12th November 2019

Former Animal Care students from Scotland’s Rural College are flying high in their new careers after completing courses at the Elmwood campus in Fife.  

Iain, Rob and Kath Livesey of Firth Farm

Beefing up business

Published: Thursday, 7th November 2019

Two former SRUC students are among the finalists competing for the AgriScot Scotch Beef Farm of the Year award.

Vet nurses celebrate graduation from SRUC Barony

Vet nurses share top award

Published: Thursday, 7th November 2019

A fisherman and a qualified pharmacy dispensing assistant were among the 34 students graduating with an HND in Veterinary Nursing from Scotland’s Rural College.

Scott Campbell, Farmers Weekly Arable Farmer of the Year, at his farm in Aberdeenshire. Picture: Angus Findlay

Ex-student Scott named Arable Farmer of the Year

Published: Tuesday, 8th October 2019

A former student from Scotland’s Rural College has been named Arable Farmer of the Year.

Eilidh with the biggest trout found during her surveys

Catch of the day

Published: Thursday, 29th August 2019

Countryside Management graduate Eilidh Player has netted the perfect job after gaining an honours degree from Scotland’s Rural College.

Andy Barr, from the Texel Sheep Society, with Rachel Gateley

Ahead of the herd

Published: Tuesday, 20th August 2019

Applied Animal Science graduate Rachel Gateley proved she was ahead of the herd when she won a top award for her final degree project.

New module teaches students about financial aspect of farm management

Mentors needed for farmers of the future

Published: Thursday, 15th August 2019

Agriculture students are looking for mentors to help them complete a new module launched by Scotland’s Rural College.

Silvia with her son Elijah

First-class mum

Published: Tuesday, 6th August 2019

Silvia Divine has managed to juggle the challenges of getting married and having a baby with her studies to gain a first-class honours degree in Horticulture.

Jennifer Hart graduates with first class honours

California dreamin’

Published: Monday, 8th July 2019

California is famously the home of Silicon Valley, but a young woman from the Sunshine State’s tiny Scottish namesake is making a technological impact of her own.

Former beauty therapist Katie Dubarry graduates with a first-class honours degree in Agriculture

Agriculture student swaps beauty for beasts

Published: Friday, 5th July 2019

An agriculture student who started her career as a beauty therapist is among 650 students graduating from Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) today (Friday 5 July).

Tree cheers for young farmer finalists

Tree cheers for Young Farmer finalists

Published: Tuesday, 4th June 2019

Former students from Scotland’s Rural College once again dominate the final line-up in this year’s Young Farmer of the Year competition.

Graduate golfers tee up return match

Graduate golfers tee up return match

Published: Thursday, 18th April 2019

Professional golf students past and present will tee off against each other at an alumni event in St Andrews.

Some of the 22 graduates who achieved their HND in Veterinary Nursing pictured with Niall Connell, Junior Vice-President of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons

Words of Kung-Fu Panda inspire students

Published: Monday, 12th November 2018

Students at SRUC’s recent winter graduation ceremony were asked to take inspiration from the wise words of a noted philosopher – not Karl Marx or Confucius, but Kung Fu Panda.

Aimee (centre) with her award at the British Farming Awards Ceremony

Amazing Aimee named top British student

Published: Friday, 19th October 2018

An SRUC graduate has described the “amazing feeling” of being named Agricultural Student of the Year at the 2018 British Farming Awards.

five people in a field of wheat

A ‘Beast’ of a challenge

Published: Thursday, 19th July 2018

This year’s winter wheat competition at Scotland’s Rural College is proving a “Beast” of a challenge for students.

Ailidh reed

Graduates continue heritage of successful careers

Published: Friday, 6th July 2018

From a visitor centre manager on the “Queen of the Hebrides” to a surveyor with a leading environmental consultancy.

Young Farmer crown

Neilson rates highest to claim first Young Farmer crown

Published: Monday, 2nd July 2018

The inaugural Young Farmer of the Year award turned out to be a six-way battle of SRUC alumni.

Sally williams

Alumni play major role at Oxford Farming Conference debate

Published: Tuesday, 19th June 2018

Scotland’s Rural College will have a strong presence at The Oxford Farming Conference (OFC) debate at this year’s Royal Highland Show.

Mike Clark, SRUC Greenkeeping lecturer and James Macbeath, Course Manager at Brora Golf Links are pictured with Alistair Morrison.

Greenkeeper par excellence

Published: Tuesday, 1st May 2018

Alistair Morrison, Head Greenkeeper of Durness Golf Club in Caithness, recently won the BIGGA Young Greenkeeper of the Year Award 2018, which recognises up-and-coming talent in the golf industry.

Doddie weir at match

SRUC match raises £9k for Doddie’s charity

Published: Monday, 23rd April 2018

Nearly £9,000 was raised for Doddie Weir’s MND charity in a special rugby match that saw the ‘old boys’ of Scotland’s Rural College enjoy a convincing win over SRUC’s Edinburgh Agrics student team.

Successful return of SRUC Elmwood Alumni golf day

Successful return of SRUC Elmwood Alumni golf day

Published: Monday, 23rd April 2018

Elmwood Golf Course at Scotland’s Rural College in Cupar recently hosted its second alumni golf day which brought together more than 70 current and former professional golf students.

Doddie Weir

Doddie’s class act

Published: Wednesday, 11th April 2018

Former classmates of Doddie Weir are among past and present students at Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) scrummaging together to raise money for the rugby legend’s motor neurone disease charity.

James Coupland, centre, receives his RHASS Certificate for Long Service from Crichton Farm Manager Hugh McClymont, left, and Wayne Powell, Principal and Chief Executive of Scotland’s Rural College.

An Admirable Crichtonian

Published: Tuesday, 5th December 2017

A farm worker who has spent more than 30 years at Crichton Royal Dairy has been hailed as “exemplifying the commitment of SRUC staff”.

SRUC graduate Andrew McGregor receiving the award from Alec Ross, Scotland agent for Biocell Agri.

Andrew means business

Published: Friday, 17th November 2017

Sponsors of this year’s AgriScot Business Skills Award announced that “the future of farming is in good hands” after an SRUC graduate picked up first prize and a cheque for £1000.

SRUC graduates from left Adam Black, Euan Welsh, Jason Trinder

SRUC graduates on course for great things

Published: Friday, 3rd November 2017

A commis chef at a Michelin-starred restaurant, a national park ranger at Hadrian’s Wall and a greenkeeper at a Ryder Cup golf course are just some of the exciting roles landed by students from SRUC.

James Fairlie poses in field

Former student named as Young Farmer of the Year

Published: Wednesday, 11th October 2017

Former SRUC student James Fairlie has been named Young Farmer of the Year in the prestigious Farmers Weekly annual awards.

Agriculture Diploma Reunion

Craibstone Students Return after 50 years

Published: Friday, 21st March 2014

Over the course of the next year SRUC will be developing a much more focused approach for a programme of services, benefits and reunion events for former students.

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