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SRUC helps cocaine fight in Colombia

Published: Monday, 26th February 2018

Researchers from Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) have been awarded more than £122,000 for a project that will help the Colombian government in its war against cocaine farming.

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Royal appointment at Palace

Published: Friday, 23rd February 2018

A ten-strong delegation from Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) recently attended a special investiture at Buckingham Palace to receive SRUC’s Queen’s Anniversary Prize from Prince Charles.

Pictured: Bill Gates and Penny Mordaunt at Easter Bush estate

Gates visits new Global Academy

Published: Wednesday, 31st January 2018

Bill Gates and Penny Mordaunt, the Secretary of State for International Development, were at Easter Bush recently to officially open the Global Academy of Agriculture and Food Security.

A woman with her chicken in the Southern Nations, Nationalities and People’s Region of southern Ethiopia (photo credit: ILRI/ Camille Hanotte).

£4m for research to aid sustainable livestock production in Africa

Published: Friday, 26th January 2018

Research to improve the health and productivity of farmed animals in tropical climates has received a £4 million boost from the UK Government.

PhD student Aluna Chawala meeting with a dairy farmer.

Aluna looking for the crème de la crème of African dairy cows

Published: Friday, 20th October 2017

A PhD student at Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), working in collaboration with the University of Edinburgh, is helping Tanzanian farmers find the crème de la crème of dairy cows.

Will Blair's drone

Flying high in Arkansas

Published: Thursday, 19th October 2017

While most students spend the summer months on holiday, SRUC Rural Business Management student Will Blair was flying drones in the USA.

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SRUC’s economists contribute to EAAE conference

Published: Wednesday, 11th October 2017

SRUC’s economists made a major contribution to the 50th European Association of Agricultural Economics conference held recently in Parma, Italy.

Professor Alistair Lawrence receives his Honorary Fellowship from Dr Bas Rodenburg, President of ISAE.

Animal Behaviour and Welfare team sweep board at international awards

Published: Wednesday, 30th August 2017

SRUC’s Animal Behaviour and Welfare team swept the board winning all the major prizes at the recent International Society for Applied Ethology (ISAE) Congress in Denmark.

Sebi team

£5.5m initiative bids to boost farm livestock health in Africa

Published: Wednesday, 16th August 2017

SRUC is one of the key partners in a new £5.5 million initiative to improve the health and productivity of farmed animals in sub-Saharan Africa.

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From Dumfries to Africa – environmental challenges faced in studying cow fertility

Published: Wednesday, 16th August 2017

SRUC PhD student, Bridgit Muasa, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has swapped Dumfries for Nairobi as she continues her studies into the fertility of dairy cows.

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Mizeck Chagunda leads advisory panel board for Supporting Evidence Based Interventions

Published: Wednesday, 5th July 2017

Mizeck Chagunda, Reader for Future Farming Systems at SRUC, has taken on a new responsibility in his commitment to supporting livestock health and production in sub Saharan Africa.

Mizeck with mobile phone

Dairy researcher in Dumfries uses mobile phone to monitor cows in Nairobi

Published: Tuesday, 18th April 2017

For Dr Mizeck Chagunda a mobile phone means more than just access to social media.

Dr Ian Collard at the left of the picture and David James at the right flanking the group.

British Ambassador in Panama visits Oatridge

Published: Wednesday, 22nd February 2017

SRUC's Oatridge Campus recently hosted a high profile diplomatic visitor – Dr Ian Collard, British Ambassador in Panama.

Postgraduate research student Xin Shu making her presentation at Nanjing Agricultural University in China.

PhD student hosts presentation on soil to Chinese university

Published: Wednesday, 1st February 2017

Xin Shu, an SRUC postgraduate research student with Crops and Soil Systems, recently hosted a high profile presentation to the Nanjing Agricultural University (NAU) in China.

Vertical stacking at ComCrop allows gen times the quantity of plants to be grown.

Ayr SAC Consultant sees intensive farming methods in Singapore

Published: Wednesday, 1st February 2017

Vertical farms, rooftop salads and bull frog meat are all part of farming Singapore style.

Students with a bagpiper on Burns Night

Students embrace #ScotlandWelcomesTheWorld campaign

Published: Monday, 23rd January 2017

Staff and students across SRUC's six campuses have been queuing up to sign Welcome Walls to celebrate the international community.

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USA internship proves to be time of their lives for SRUC students

Published: Wednesday, 26th October 2016

Students Callum Morrison and Michele Quarta recently returned from the blazing heat of Arkansas after a 10 week exchange programme with the University of Arkansas, thanks to help from the SRUC Trust.

John Deere

Nick’s Thoughts from the Mid West - an SRUC Reflection

Published: Wednesday, 17th August 2016

In the first of two reports Nick reflects on how America’s mid-west states approach agricultural education.

Dr Marta Piotrowska

SRUC Research Shared Internationally - Thanks to Trust Fund

Published: Wednesday, 17th August 2016

Dr Marta Piotrowska, a researcher in Crop Protection and Soils at SRUC recently presented a paper at an international technical symposium in Germany, a trip made with the help of SRUC Trust funding.

Kirkton visitor

Busy Month of International Visitors to Kirkton and Auchtertyre

Published: Tuesday, 19th July 2016

July has been a very busy month for international visitors to SRUC’s upland research farms near Crianlarich.

Aluna Chawala

Developing a More Human Approach to Animal Science

Published: Tuesday, 21st June 2016

An SRUC PhD student will combine social science with animal genetics in an attempt to help African dairy farmers breed the ideal cow for their environment.

Now You See it Now You Don’t for Pondhoppers

Published: Wednesday, 8th June 2016

It was a case of now you see it now you don’t during a visit to SRUC Edinburgh by a group of students and staff from a US university.

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SRUC’s Mizeck Chagunda explains how Scotland is supporting Malawi’s economy through well known magic beans

Published: Thursday, 26th May 2016

SRUC’s Mizeck Chagunda, Reader in Diary Science and Vice Chair of the Scotland Malawi Partnership, has high praise for coffee growing in Malawi.

Danish visitors

SRUC Welcomes the Vikings

Published: Wednesday, 11th May 2016

A peaceful group of Vikings has been visiting Scotland’s Rural College for the last few days.

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SRUC Continues Brazilian Exchange

Published: Thursday, 10th March 2016

Three Brazilian researchers recently visited Scotland’s Rural College as part of ongoing collaboration between scientists at SRUC and EMBRAPA, Brazil’s giant agricultural research organisation.

Delegation of educationalists from India visiting Oatridge.

High Level Indian Delegation Visit SRUC Oatridge to Discuss Agricultural Education and More

Published: Monday, 8th February 2016

The SRUC Oatridge campus at Broxburn recently hosted a visit from a high level delegation of educationalists from India.

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Dr Chagunda’s Contribution to Scotland Malawi Partnership Recognised

Published: Thursday, 10th December 2015

SRUC researcher Dr Mizeck Chagunda, Reader in Dairy Science, has been elected Vice Chair of the Scotland Malawi Partnership in recognition of his contribution to the national network.

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£10m Award Boosts Bid to Aid Plight of Tropical Farmers

Published: Thursday, 26th November 2015

Efforts to tackle challenges faced by livestock farmers in developing countries have been boosted by a £10 million research award.

International exchange

SRUC Student Heads to Arkansas on Outward Mobility Scheme

Published: Wednesday, 11th November 2015

SRUC student Callum Peace is just getting used to the cooler weather again after returning from a 10 week Internship at Dale Bumpers College, Arkansas University, in the USA.

French horticulture students

SRUC Elmwood Hosts French Horticultural Student Exchange

Published: Thursday, 1st October 2015

SRUC’s Elmwood Campus recently welcomed over 50 horticulture students and lecturers from Ecole du Paysage, Grenoble as part of their two week exchange trip to Scotland.

Lutz Bunger

SRUC Professor Learns About Meat Quality Research in Italy

Published: Wednesday, 19th August 2015

Professor Lutz Bunger recently returned from a study trip to the University of Padova, Italy to learn more about their studies into the meat quality and genetic muscling of pigs and beef cattle.

Lorna Paton and Dave Roberts

Quebec Then Edinburgh for International Farm Management Congress

Published: Wednesday, 29th July 2015

Professor Dave Roberts and researcher Lorna Paton attended the recent International Farm Management Congress in Canada to both contribute and learn more before SRUC hosts the next event in 2017.

Matthew Brown with co-author, Mr Valentin Dereviankin, in the main meeting room of the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine in Kiev

Ukraine Benefiting from SAC Consulting’s Transferable Skills

Published: Wednesday, 15th July 2015

Matthew Brown of SAC Consulting Solutions has just completed a successful, 20 day assignment on behalf of the EU Delegation to Ukraine.

Sheep with a bright pink plaster

Pink Love Down Under

Published: Wednesday, 17th June 2015

SRUC livestock geneticist Dr Joanne Conington has recently returned from a trip to New South Wales, where she was helping the Australians set up a new phase of their sheep research programme.

Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture

Crichton Plays Host to Brazilian Delegation

Published: Wednesday, 3rd June 2015

SRUC’s Crichton Royal farm in Dumfries recently hosted a Brazilian delegation exploring opportunities for UK dairy exports.

Dr Alex Bach IRTA  (Programme Leader), Dr Geert Opsomer (Ghent University, Belgium),Prof Richard Dewhurst SRUC, Dr David Kenny (Teagasc, Ireland) and IRTA staff.

SRUC Research Links with Catalonia

Published: Wednesday, 3rd June 2015

SRUC’s Professor Richard Dewhurst has returned from Catalonia where he was part of an international group evaluating a research programme at an agricultural research institute.

Takayuki Suzuki

Japanese Guest Takayuki Adds to SRUC Nematode Research

Published: Wednesday, 20th May 2015

Researcher Takayuki Suzuki from the NARO Kyushu Okinawa Agricultural Research Centre has joined SRUC on a six month secondment to study nematodes in sweet potatoes, carrots and radish.

Bettie Kawonga

Former SRUC Student’s Plans on Malawi Dairy Farming Recognised

Published: Wednesday, 4th March 2015

A former student from Malawi, who carried out research at SRUC’s Crichton Dairy Research and Innovation Centre, recently won a prize for an idea encouraging unemployed young Malawians into dairying.

16 African PhD students - Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology (NM-AIST)

SRUC One Step up on Sub-Saharan Africa Collaboration

Published: Wednesday, 11th February 2015

SRUC staff will be among those mentoring 16 African PhD students in a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation supported programme to enhance the health and productivity of livestock.

Marabu harvesting, Cuba

Sweet Success for Scotland’s Rural College in Cuba

Published: Wednesday, 28th January 2015

After four years work in Cuba a group including specialists from SRUC has finally achieved their goal, producing renewable energy while returning abandoned sugar cane land to food production.

Argentina feedlot

Elaine and Robert’s Argentine Adventure Supported by SRUC Trust Fund

Published: Thursday, 15th January 2015

SAC Consultants Elaine Henderson and Robert Ramsay found their recent study tour of Argentinian farming a real eye opener.

Matthew Brown, Closing Conference in Chisinau

Matthew Signs off for SRUC in Moldova on a High

Published: Wednesday, 17th December 2014

SAC Consultant and our man in Moldova Matthew Brown has successfully completed the EU project that he has worked on for 33 months.

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.

Chinese Veterinary Conference

SRUC Researchers Invited Speakers at Chinese Veterinary Conference

Published: Wednesday, 17th December 2014

Simon Turner and Laura Dixon from the Veterinary Science Research Group of Scotland’s Rural College spoke recently about research into pig and poultry welfare at the Chinese Veterinary Conference.


SRUC’s Contribution to Brazilian Animal Welfare Conference

Published: Wednesday, 17th December 2014

At a recent high level animal welfare conference in Brazil Research Economist Bouda Vosough Ahmadi, explained how SRUC research can improve animal welfare without losing productivity.

Derek Daly, Director of Education at the Silver Lakes Academy in South Africa

SRUC Lecturer Maintains Elmwood’s Links with Golf in Africa

Published: Wednesday, 3rd December 2014

Dr Paul Miller, Lecturer in Greenkeeping and Golf Course Management at SRUC's Elmwood campus, has just returned from the first ever African R&A Greenkeeping Workshop held in Nairobi, Kenya.

Crichton Farm dairy cows

SRUC Dairy Research Published in America

Published: Wednesday, 3rd December 2014

SRUC research giving a snapshot of how UK dairy farmers house and feed their herds has been published in the official journal of the American Dairy Science Association.

Highland farming

Advice on EU High Nature Value Farming

Published: Wednesday, 3rd December 2014

A consortium of continental researchers, including Professor Davy McCracken of SRUC, have had the importance of their research into High Nature Value Farming recognised by the European Commission.

David Hume at the Scen China Youth Summit

SRUC Raises Profile at Gleneagles Third Scen China Youth Summit

Published: Wednesday, 3rd December 2014

Scotland’s Rural College was a noticeable presence in Gleneagles at the third Scen China Youth Summit.

Prof Andy Peters with Chinese delegation

SRUC Welcomes Chinese Delegation Visit

Published: Wednesday, 19th November 2014

Professor Andy Peters from the International Office of Scotland’s Rural College recently hosted a visit from a delegation from the Ministry of Industry and IT Technology in China.

Thomas Muirhead Curling

SRUC Student Curlers to Compete in World University Games

Published: Wednesday, 19th November 2014

Four SRUC students are among ten picked to compete in the World University Games. Thomas Muirhead and Kyle Smith are joined by Laura Ritchie and Hazel Smith.

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New Centre for Surveillance and Identification of Emerging Diseases in Europe

Published: Wednesday, 29th October 2014

As a member of the Easter Bush Research Consortium, SRUC is collaborating with animal health company Zoetis in a new European centre to identify emerging diseases in livestock and companion animals.

French Researchers visit Crichton

French Researchers Visit Crichton

Published: Wednesday, 29th October 2014

SRUC’s Dairy Research and Innovation Centre in Dumfries recently hosted 15 scientists from the French Livestock Institute (IDELE) and left having identified several opportunities for collaboration.

German farmers visit Hill & Mountain Research Centre

An international flavour at SRUC’s Kirkton & Auchtertyre Farms

Published: Wednesday, 29th October 2014

There was a decidedly international flavour when SRUC’s Hill & Mountain Research Centre, near Crianlarich, hosted visits from two separate groups on the same day.

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.

Vicki Munro and Lorna Logan in Michigan

SRUC Elmwood Forges links with Michigan, USA

Published: Wednesday, 15th October 2014

Vicki Munro, SRUC Hospitality Programme Leader at Elmwood Campus, and HNC Professional Cookery student Lorna Logan returned from Grand Rapids Community College, Michigan after establishing new links.


SRUC Impact at Finnish Economics Research Seminar

Published: Wednesday, 15th October 2014

Research economists from SRUC have just returned from Finland where they shared an award and presented talks at an international seminar on issues linked to animal production and climate change.

Sheep and lambs in field

Three for Copenhagen

Published: Wednesday, 15th October 2014

Three leading researchers from Scotland’s Rural College travelled to Copenhagen to take a leading part in a special event at the European Federation of Animal Science (EAAP).

Artur Steiner

Researcher Wins a Place on Visiting Scholars Programme

Published: Wednesday, 1st October 2014

Dr Artur Steiner, who is a researcher with SRUC’s Land Economy, Environment and Society Group, has a won a role as a visiting scholar at the Ruralia Institute.

Mizeck Chagunda, Dairy Science

Mizeck Chagunda an Adviser for International Foundation for Science

Published: Thursday, 18th September 2014

Dumfries-based SRUC Researcher Dr Mizeck Chagunda, Reader in Dairy Science, has been appointed as an adviser to an international research programme operating in sub Sarahan Africa.

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Ryder Cup Visit Inspires Young Fife Golfers

Published: Wednesday, 13th August 2014

More than 100 young golfers were inspired to reach for the stars when they got a close look at the Ryder Cup at SRUC’s Elmwood Golf Course.

Davy McCracken speaks in Galicia, Spain

Galician Exposure for Davy

Published: Wednesday, 13th August 2014

Professor Davy McCracken, Head of the SRUC Hill & Mountain Research Centre, has just returned from Galicia, in north-west Spain, where he had been invited to speak at a Summer School.

Dave Ross (right) speaks to Bill Gates (centre)

SRUC and the University of Edinburgh Demonstrate Promising Livestock Genetics

Published: Tuesday, 29th July 2014

SRUC and the University of Edinburgh showcased their research and development work on livestock breeding and genetics during a learning visit from Bill Gates, of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Malawi cows

Tropical Farmers’ Plight is Focus of Animal Research Initiative

Published: Tuesday, 29th July 2014

Challenges faced by livestock farmers in tropical developing countries are the focus of a new alliance involving researchers from Scotland and Africa.

Professor Dominic Moran

New Role for Dominic Supporting UK-China Collaboration

Published: Tuesday, 29th July 2014

SRUC agricultural economist Professor Dominic Moran has been recently appointed co-chair of a group which encourages collaboration between the UK and China on issues of agriculture and climate change.


SRUC Staff Member Joins ECONEWfarmers E-Learning Project

Published: Tuesday, 29th July 2014

SRUC Education’s Collette Coll is involved in a new project to educate students across the European Union about organic farming using e-Learning.

Douglas Shearer and Matthew Brown in Moldova

SRUC Creates Lasting Impact on Agriculture in Russia and Moldova

Published: Tuesday, 29th July 2014

Two SRUC experts have been lending their knowledge recently to farmers and those in the agriculture industry in Russia and Moldova.

US Visitors

American High School Students Tour Includes Fife and SRUC Elmwood Campus

Published: Wednesday, 25th June 2014

The Elmwood Campus of Scotland’s Rural College is one of the key stops for parties of high school students from America during June and July.

Molly Rosett in Malawi

Molly Speaks to Locals About Forests in Malawi

Published: Wednesday, 18th June 2014

MSc student Molly Rosett recently traveled to southern Malawi to collect data for her dissertation on the impacts of deforestation and forest degradation in the area on food security.

Chinese delegation - Signing MOU

SRUC Signs a Memorandum of Understanding with Chinese University

Published: Wednesday, 4th June 2014

Scotland’s Rural College has formalised a bond with Zhejiang Agriculture and Forestry University following the recent signing in Edinburgh of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

CT Scanning Training, Edinburgh

SRUC Hosts Training School on Analysing CT Images

Published: Wednesday, 4th June 2014

More than 20 trainers and trainees from across Europe met at Scotland’s Rural College in Edinburgh recently to learn more about CT scanning of livestock.

Keel bone hen diagram

Vicky Invited to Workshop on International Poultry Welfare Issue

Published: Thursday, 29th May 2014

SRUC Researcher Dr Vicky Sandilands recently joined 32 other specialists at a workshop in the Swiss city of Bern to discuss keel bone damage in laying hens.

Food Security MSc students at UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)

Paris and Rome on the Grand Food Security Study Tour

Published: Wednesday, 30th April 2014

Dr Fiona Borthwick and 10 MSc Food Security students from Scotland’s Rural College/University of Edinburgh have recently returned from a ten day study tour taking in Paris and Rome.

Fiona off to NZ After Farmers Club Awards

Published: Wednesday, 16th April 2014

Fiona Bannerman, a Veterinary Investigation Officer working at SRUC’s Inverness Disease Surveillance Centre, is to study health issues linked to Kiwi Deer Farming.

Matthew Brown (left) with Mrs Aliona Vasilica and Mark Ballingall in Moldova

The Scotland’s Rural College Man in Moldova Stands in for the Ambassador

Published: Friday, 21st March 2014

Consultancy staff from Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) need to be adaptable but for Matthew Brown flexibility has meant going beyond even the normal call of duty.

Siena College visitors

The Special Relationship and SRUC

Published: Wednesday, 12th March 2014

Recently a group of 14 staff and students from Siena College in New York visited Scotland's Rural College.

Cathy Dwyer in India

Cathy and Fritha Take their Welfare Message to India

Published: Wednesday, 5th March 2014

Professor Cathy Dwyer and Dr Fritha Langford from the Animal Behaviour and Welfare Team of Scotland’s Rural College have just returned from a conference in India.

Ornamental garden

Young Edinburgh Grower Wins Industry Sponsored Scholarship

Published: Wednesday, 5th March 2014

A horticulture student from Scotland’s Rural College is heading to Australia courtesy of an industry sponsored scholarship.

Ohio Greenkeeping Elmwood

American Golf Internships for Elmwood Students

Published: Wednesday, 5th March 2014

Greenkeeping students at the Elmwood Campus of Scotland’s Rural College recently had the opportunity to learn about long-term placements working on some of America’s finest golf courses.

Australian Prize for SRUC Economist Klaus

Published: Wednesday, 26th February 2014

Ecosystems Economist Dr Klaus Glenk, a member of SRUC’s Land Economy and Environment Group, has won an award presented by the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society.

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Hungarian PhD’s Chose SRUC Crops and Soils

Published: Wednesday, 26th February 2014

A party of 6 PhD students from the Balassi Institute in Budapest recently spent 2 days with the Crops and Soils research group from Scotland’s Rural College.

Slurry application

SRUC Contribution to International Research on Value of Soil Microbes

Published: Wednesday, 22nd January 2014

Two Environment and Design Consultants from SRUC, Dr’s Bill Crooks and Alex Sinclair, are among an international group of scientists contributing to new research on the importance soil microbes.

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SRUC Staff Positive About Teaching Students in Inner Mongolia

Published: Wednesday, 11th December 2013

Two members of the Education Division of Scotland’s Rural College have been detailing their recent experiences in the Peoples Republic of China.

Cows feeding Dumfries

SRUC Contribution to EU Animal Task Force

Published: Wednesday, 13th November 2013

Researcher Professor Alistair Stott, Group Manger Future Farming Systems with Scotland’s Rural College, was amongst the speakers at the 3rd Animal Task Force Seminar, held recently in Brussels.

Representatives of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

SRUC Host Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Published: Wednesday, 6th November 2013

The GreenCow research facilities at Scotland’s Rural College in Edinburgh provided the backdrop to a visit from representatives of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Slovenian visitors

Slovenian Delegation Seek Scottish Experience on Renewables

Published: Wednesday, 23rd October 2013

SRUC played host to a visiting delegation from Slovenia keen to know more about Scottish activity with renewable energy.


Japanese Interest in Elmwood Gamekeeping

Published: Wednesday, 23rd October 2013

A Japanese journalist visited the Elmwood Campus of Scotland's Rural College to find out more about the gamekeeping course run there.

HENGE workshop

Launch of EU-wide Online Rural Business Course - SRUC Oatridge Campus Contributes

Published: Tuesday, 15th October 2013

New online rural business training materials, partly designed by staff from SRUC Oatridge Campus, have been launched across the EU.


Rooftop Farms in Cities Could Help Ensure Future Food Security

Published: Wednesday, 2nd October 2013

Delegates at a recent international environment conference were introduced to the concept of urban agriculture in Edinburgh.

Dr Tom McEvoy with award

Tom McEvoy Awarded for Contribution to Pioneering Science

Published: Wednesday, 2nd October 2013

Dr Tom McEvoy, an Animal Science Lecturer at Scotland’s Rural College has just returned from Istanbul where he was presented with the European Embryo Transfer Association’s Pioneer Award.

Sustainable Intensification Conference

Sustainable Intensification Conference Tackles the Big Issues

Published: Wednesday, 2nd October 2013

Last week’s highly successful SRUC conference discussed the vital new concept of sustainable intensification: producing more food while minimising our environmental impact.

Dr Faical Akaichi with his poster

SRUC Economics Stands Out in North Africa

Published: Wednesday, 2nd October 2013

Economists from the Land Economy and Environment Team at Scotland’s Rural College recently attended a conference in Tunisia, coming away with an award and glowing reports.

Cows pedometer

Pedometer-wearing Cows Win SRUC International Science Award

Published: Thursday, 19th September 2013

Research by Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) which measured cows’ behaviour by fitting them with high-tech ‘pedometers’ has won an international science award.

Malawi photo

Creating links with Africa on David Livingstone Day

Published: Thursday, 19th September 2013

This SRUC event aims to bring together the many people in Dumfries and Galloway who have an interest in Sub-Saharan Africa, or are involved in projects in that region.

Gwendoline Lechat and Charlotte Remy

French Take Their Leave from Auchincruive

Published: Wednesday, 11th September 2013

Two students from ENSAT (the French National Institute of Agronomy in Toulouse), have just completed a three month summer work placement with SRUC’s Sustainable Ecosystems Team at Auchincruive.

Natalie Pickering

SRUC and NZ Researchers Co-operate on Dairy Cow Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Published: Wednesday, 17th July 2013

Researcher Natalie Pickering from New Zealand’s AgResearch organisation is in Edinburgh working with animal science researchers from Scotland’s Rural College.

Mountain biking

SRUC Oatridge staff help design online training for rural entrepreneurs

Published: Wednesday, 10th July 2013

Staff from SRUC Oatridge Campus joined their European partners in Bulgaria to continue their work on the Henge project recently.

SRUC Golf Education Alliance

China Celebrates Progress for SRUC Elmwood Golf Alliance

Published: Wednesday, 3rd July 2013

Humza Yousaf MSP, Scotland’s External Affairs Minister, was amongst those celebrating the progress of a golf training initiative in China, delivered by SRUC Elmwood Golf International.

SRUC Researchers Attend World Milk Day in Malawi

Published: Wednesday, 26th June 2013

Three SRUC researchers were in Blantyre, Malawi for this year’s World Milk Day, which the country has been participating in since its inception in 2001.

Study Tour Discovers The Conflicts Between Development and Conservation

Published: Wednesday, 26th June 2013

Ecology Masters students studying in Edinburgh have just returned from a study tour in Tanzania where they observed the real-life conflict between development and conservation in Africa.

Brazilian visit - CT Scanner

CT Scanner proves a Magnet for Brazilian visitors

Published: Wednesday, 26th June 2013

Scotland’s Rural Colleges links with Brazil continue with a visit by a delegation of sheep breeders specifically interested in the work of the CT unit.

Barony Tree Climbing

Getting to Know SRUC: Opportunities for Forestry

Published: Wednesday, 19th June 2013

SRUC Barony Campus is located in the most densely forested region in the UK, Dumfries and Galloway.

Sheep and lambs in field

Ground breaking study finds the offspring of stressed mothers brains develop differently

Published: Wednesday, 12th June 2013

While most mothers try to take it easy in those last weeks of pregnancy, new research involving SRUC has found that reducing stress may be vitally important for foetal brain development.

American interns

American Interns Sweep Through SRUC Campuses

Published: Wednesday, 5th June 2013

American students are sweeping the campuses of Scotland’s Rural College this summer.

David Colthart

Young Shepherds Win Trip to France

Published: Wednesday, 5th June 2013

Two SRUC “students” are to represent Scotland in the national finals of the Young Shepherd of the Year competition.

Scottish Agriculture Brings Texan Students to SRUC Kirkton

Published: Wednesday, 29th May 2013

Kirkton served as a learning ground for seven students and one professor from Texas A&M University (College Station) when they attended the Open Day at SRUC Kirkton and Auchtertyre Units.

Prof George Wiggans

SRUC and the Special Relationship

Published: Wednesday, 1st May 2013

Professor George Wiggans, from the United States Department for Agriculture (Usda), is visiting SRUC for two weeks to work with staff from EGENES.

Marta Piotrowska California

Californian Coup for Student Marta

Published: Wednesday, 10th April 2013

It was no dream - Marta Piotrowska returned from a Californian Research Conference with an award for her poster.

Post Grad conference 2013

SRUC postgraduate students showcase their research

Published: Wednesday, 27th March 2013

This year’s SRUC Postgraduate Research Conference in King's Buildings was bigger than ever, with forty-five students presenting their work in posters and lectures over the two days.

Mizeck Dines with President Banda

Published: Wednesday, 20th March 2013

Dumfries based Senior Researcher Dr Mizeck Chagunda was amongst those invited to dine with the President of Malawi, Her Excellency Mrs. Joyce Banda, in the Great Hall of Edinburgh Castle.

SRUC Professor Evaluates DFID Climate Change Project

Published: Wednesday, 20th March 2013

SRUC’s Professor Dominic Moran recently travelled to Columbia University in New York to assess the work of an international climate modelling project.

Cuban Delegation Visits Kings Buildings

Published: Wednesday, 13th March 2013

There was an SRUC focus on Cuba this week with two visits to Kings Buildings, Edinburgh.

SRUC Arable Specialists in Snowy Ukraine

Published: Wednesday, 20th February 2013

Arable specialists Julian Bell and Mark Ballingall recently visited Kiev where they spoke at an agricultural conference.

Malawi photo

Mobiles and Milk in Malawi

Published: Wednesday, 6th February 2013

It’s now five years since SRUC’s researchers first set foot on the somewhat dry and dusty soil of Malawi.

SRUC Supports Pioneering Cuban Renewable Energy Venture

Published: Wednesday, 5th December 2012

SAC Consulting (a Division of SRUC) has played a key role in a ground-breaking agreement between the Cuban Government and a British renewable energy company.

SRUC Barony Award

SRUC Barony Campus Award Goes Global

Published: Wednesday, 5th December 2012

An internationally-successful training project developed by SRUC’s Barony Campus has been recognised in Scotland's Colleges Annual Awards.

Artur with parrot

SRUC to learn from Australia’s rural communities

Published: Wednesday, 5th December 2012

SRUC’s Dr Artur Steinerowski has recently returned from a research trip to southern Australia where he began a study on the effects of private companies on rural communities.

Labex Europe visit

SRUC Strengthens its links with Brazil

Published: Wednesday, 5th December 2012

The Animal and Veterinary Sciences Research Division recently welcomed visitors from the Brazilian agri-business and research organisation Embrapa.

Saltire scholarships for SRUC Students

Published: Wednesday, 28th November 2012

SRUC is one of the recipient Higher Education Institutions of a Scottish Government funding project helping students study overseas.

Faroe Islands Golf

SRUC Elmwood Boost Faroe Islands Hopes of Hosting Islands Games

Published: Wednesday, 7th November 2012

Experts from SRUC’s Elmwood Campus have been meeting Faroe islanders and doing their bit for the international sporting events business

Horticulture Tour of Japan

A Fascinating Tour: Discovering Japanese Gardens

Published: Wednesday, 7th November 2012

Peter MacDonald, SRUC Senior Lecturer in Horticulture, saw many incredible, and meticulously cared for, gardens, on a recent visit to Japan with the International Plant Propagators Society (IPPS).

Tianjin group golf

Elmwood Welcomes Chinese Visitors

Published: Wednesday, 7th November 2012

A group from Tianjin University of Commerce (TUC) in China recently visited SRUC’s Elmwood Campus to discuss Golf Management Courses.

Arkansas visit

Arkansas Visit Opens Doors to US Interns at SRUC

Published: Wednesday, 31st October 2012

An SRUC delegation has just returned from a fruitful trip across the pond to the University of Arkansas.

SRUC’s Barony Campus on International Awards Shortlist – Global, Online Hydraulics Teaching Package Impresses

Published: Tuesday, 30th October 2012

An entry from SRUC’s Barony Campus near Dumfries has been shortlisted for the “International” category of “Scotland’s Colleges Annual Awards, to be presented at Murrayfield on Tuesday 27th November.

Malawi Group with flip chart sheets

Malawi Dairy Diploma Course Stresses the Fun

Published: Wednesday, 24th October 2012

Staff from SRUC have returned from Malawi and a Fun filled Dairy Diploma training course.

Chinese visitors

Our Friends in the East

Published: Wednesday, 24th October 2012

SRUC Edinburgh welcomed a group of visitors from China recently looking to strengthen the links between the Scottish and Chinese rural sectors.

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.

Henge project turkey visit

Oatridge Boosting Rural Entrepreneurship in Eastern Europe - SRUC Staff Help Inspire Green Business Ideas

Published: Tuesday, 23rd October 2012

Staff from the Oatridge Campus of SRUC (Scotland’s Rural College) have been in Eastern Turkey developing online materials for entrepreneurs with eco friendly ideas.

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.

European Maize Growers Meet at SAC

Published: Monday, 3rd September 2012

The facilities at SAC’s Crichton Royal Farm are being used to host a meeting of the European Maize Growers Association during September 10th and 11th.

Next Steps with Nanjing

Published: Monday, 3rd September 2012

A recent visit to SAC by Professor Zhu Wei-Yun, Head of the College of Animal Sciences, Nanjing Agricultural University, marked another step in the development of relations with the University.

Bruce’s Kiwi Tramping

Published: Monday, 23rd July 2012

SAC soil specialist Dr Bruce Ball endured record low temperatures and dumps of snow in Canterbury in New Zealand’s South Island.

Dumfries Researcher Wins SAC Award

Published: Friday, 6th July 2012

Dr Mizeck Chagunda, the well respected senior researcher at SAC’s Dairy Research Centre in Dumfries was presented with the 2012 Inverarity Award during SAC’s annual graduation ceremony.

Christine Goes Scandinavian

Published: Tuesday, 12th June 2012

Christine Watson Team Leader SAC Crop and Soil Systems, has been spending 3 months at SLU (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences) in Uppsala on an OECD Fellowship.

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.

Chris Zambia Bound

Published: Tuesday, 29th May 2012

Chris Stockwell, Agriculture Programme Leader with the Life Sciences Teaching Group in Aberdeen will spend September in Zambia.

SAC Develops Research Links with Denmark

Published: Tuesday, 29th May 2012

Research links between SAC’s Auchincruive-based researchers and scientists from Germany and Denmark are helping to increase our understanding of pain in animals.

SAC Welfare Work Impresses Iowa Students

Published: Thursday, 17th May 2012

A group of 14 students from Iowa State University include SAC Edinburgh in their recent UK study tour of Farm animal Welfare.

Brazilians Brave Scotland

Published: Thursday, 17th May 2012

After the recent SAC trip to the warmth of Brazil it was the turn of a small, hardy party of Brazilians to brave May in the Pentlands and visit SAC’s research facilities outside Edinburgh.

MSc-ing in France just Brrrrrrilliant

Published: Thursday, 17th May 2012

A party of MSc students from SAC have just returned from an annual field trip to Cevenne region of France.

SAC Establishes Further Links with China

Published: Thursday, 17th May 2012

SAC Professors, Geoff Simm and David McKenzie have just returned from a productive visit to China.

SAC’s Visitors from Shandong

Published: Tuesday, 1st May 2012

A delegation of senior officials from Shandong in China saw some of SAC’s leading research projects during a visit to Scotland.

SAC Delegation Back Bouyant after Brazil Visit

Published: Tuesday, 1st May 2012

An SAC-led party of 19 UK scientists has returned from the Brazilian capital Brasilia.

SAC Masters Students Learn from Italian Experience

Published: Tuesday, 1st May 2012

Eight SAC Masters Degree Students and two members of staff have just returned from an Italian trip many would happily volunteer for.

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