Oatridge Campus news

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Farming Today broadcasts from Oatridge

Published: Wednesday, 31st May 2017

The BBC’s Farming Today team visited SRUC’s Oatridge Campus recently to record an edition of the daily programme which focuses on key agricultural issues.

The SRUC Oatridge students working at the Flanders Moss site.

Record number of volunteers from Oatridge help at heritage site

Published: Tuesday, 28th March 2017

Countryside Management and Rural Skills Students from SRUC's Oatridge Campus got their hands dirty by enjoying a day volunteering with Scottish National Heritage (SNH).

Oatridge student Laura Keddie with George Anderson, Honorary President of the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society.

Double horticulture award win

Published: Thursday, 16th March 2017

The Oatridge Campus of SRUC has been honoured with two awards from the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society.

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.

Opening paths at Oatridge Countryside Liaison Day

Published: Tuesday, 14th February 2017

A Countryside Liaison Day took place at the Oatridge Campus with key industry representatives last week.

Katie Dubarry, Stephen Moore and Megan Simpson

Four SRUC Oatridge Campus students shortlisted for the prestigious Lantra awards

Published: Wednesday, 8th February 2017

Four students from the Oatridge Campus of SRUC have been shortlisted for the prestigious Lantra awards in the categories of Higher Education, Engineering, Conservation and Equine Studies.

Beach clean

SRUC Oatridge students adopt a beach in national campaign to clean up the coastline

Published: Tuesday, 31st January 2017

A group of Animal Care students from the Oatridge campus have adopted a stretch of local beach at Blackness as part of the Marine Conservation Society’s (MCS) national Beachwatch program.

BBC out of doors

Audio: Oatridge neeps feature in Out of Doors Halloween Special

Published: Wednesday, 9th November 2016

The humble neep was the focus of an interview at the Oatridge campus for the Halloween Special of BBC Radio Scotland’s Out of Doors programme.

Horticulture student

Oatridge Horticultural Student Reaches Finals of Top UK Landscaping Competition

Published: Wednesday, 3rd August 2016

A horticultural student from the Oatridge Campus of SRUC has reached the finals of a prestigious UK-wide landscaping competition.

Louse Bulmer

Oatridge Equine Team Leader Wins Top Conference Award

Published: Wednesday, 3rd August 2016

Louise Bulmer, the Equine Programme Leader at SRUC Oatridge has received industry recognition for her presentation at a recent top conference.

Oatridge equine summer school

Oatridge Campus Hosts Successful Equine Summer School

Published: Tuesday, 19th July 2016

The equine team at SRUC Oatridge recently hosted another successful Equine Summer School – with 16 students from across America attending the four week residential programme.

BBC out of Doors interview

Oatridge WW1 Allotment goes Out of Doors!

Published: Wednesday, 6th July 2016

A First World War inspired allotment project run by SRUC Oatridge was featured on BBC Radio Scotland’s Out of Doors programme recently in a special feature recorded at the Royal Highland Show.

Final planting of the SRUC Oatridge WW1 allotment is almost in place for this year’s Royal Highland Show.

Oatridge WW1 Allotment Project Goes on Display at Royal Highland Show

Published: Tuesday, 21st June 2016

A First World War inspired allotment project run by the Oatridge Campus of Scotland’s Rural College will be going on display at this year’s Royal Highland Show.

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Oatridge Dazzles as Open Day is a Sunny Success

Published: Thursday, 26th May 2016

The sun shone over more than 2500 visitors who attended Sunday's open day at the Oatridge Campus of Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC).

Oatridge tree planting

SRUC Oatridge Students Gain Experience in Hedge Restoration at Local Country Park

Published: Wednesday, 11th May 2016

Countryside and Environmental Management students at SRUC Oatridge Campus have been gaining valuable experience managing a hedge restoration project at Beecraigs Country Park near Linlithgow.

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.

Janet Swalding, Riding for the disabled

SRUC’s Oatridge Campus Welcomes Royal VIP to Riding for the Disabled Conference

Published: Thursday, 29th October 2015

SRUC and Riding for the Disabled in Scotland welcomed HRH The Princess Royal to SRUC’s Oatridge Campus and the Scottish National Equestrian Centre (SNEC) for their Scottish Conference last week.

Summer school students

SRUC Oatridge Hosted Successful Summer Schools for Students from USA

Published: Saturday, 20th June 2015

SRUC’s Oatridge Campus was delighted to welcome 22 American University students during the month of June as it opened its doors for its popular summer schools in Equine studies and in Ecology.

Oatridge Farm Open Day 2015

Wet Weather but no Dampened Spirits at Oatridge Farm Open Day

Published: Wednesday, 6th May 2015

Despite the damp conditions and cold temperatures, nearly 1000 visitors ventured out on Sunday 3 May to the annual Farm Open Day at SRUC Oatridge, near Broxburn.

Horticulture Students at Edinburgh Zoo Dinosaur Display

SRUC Oatridge Students Helped Create Scotland’s First ‘Jurassic Park’

Published: Wednesday, 22nd April 2015

Five horticulture students from SRUC’s Oatridge Campus put their skills to a rather unusual test as they helped RZSS Edinburgh Zoo’s dedicated Gardens Team recreate the natural habitat of dinosaurs.

Farm Open Day Oatridge

Open Farm Sunday at SRUC

Published: Wednesday, 22nd April 2015

Scotland’s Rural College farms at Broxburn, Dumfries and Crianlarich are welcoming in the public on or around Open Farm Sunday on 7 June 2015.

Winter Wheat Challenge

Student Farmer Craig and Team Relishing the Loirston Trust Challenge to Grow a Top Crop of Winter Wheat

Published: Wednesday, 8th April 2015

The Mains of Loirston Winter Wheat Challenge, organised by Scotland’s Rural College is entering a time of peak activity with 20 student teams battling to grow the most profitable crop of winter wheat.

Lantra Winners 2015

SRUC Students Celebrate Success at Prestigious Annual Training Awards

Published: Wednesday, 11th March 2015

SRUC Oatridge and Barony students celebrated winning four categories and coming runner up in two, at Lantra Scotland’s Land-based and Aquaculture Learner of the Year Awards ceremony.

CARAS Award Winners - Mary Bowman, Declan Brown, Ewan Lambie, Ruairidh MacKinnon

SRUC Students Impress Industry Leaders

Published: Wednesday, 11th March 2015

SRUC students from the Barony and Oatridge campuses were among those impressing the judges for the CARAS awards at the recent ceremony hosted by Lantra.

Heather Munro - Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society’s (Caley) Annual Awards

Double Award Win by SRUC Oatridge’s Students

Published: Wednesday, 11th March 2015

SRUC’s Oatridge Campus celebrated a double award win by two Horticulture students at the prestigious Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society’s (Caley) Annual Awards ceremony.

Oatridge Family Fun Day

Beat the Winter Blues and Get Outdoors at Family Fun Day

Published: Wednesday, 11th February 2015

Students from SRUC Oatridge Campus are inviting local families to shake off the winter blues and come along to a free day of fun activities on Sunday 15 February.

LANTRA winners 2014

SRUC Oatridge and Barony Students Finalists in Prestigious Annual Training Awards

Published: Wednesday, 28th January 2015

Seven students from the Oatridge and Barony campuses of Scotland’s Rural College have reached the finals of the prestigious LANTRA industry training awards.

Engineering students

SRUC Oatridge Offers New Introductory Course in Land Based Engineering – Begins January

Published: Wednesday, 17th December 2014

A new introductory course in Land Based Engineering, beginning in January 2015, is being offered for the first time at the Oatridge campus of Scotland’s Rural College.

Oatridge careers event

SRUC Careers Event Attracts Hundreds of Students

Published: Wednesday, 19th November 2014

Scotland’s Rural College hosted a record breaking careers day at their Oatridge Campus in West Lothian recently.

Oatridge Annual Awards Ceremony 2014

SRUC Students Celebrate Success at Annual Awards Ceremony

Published: Wednesday, 29th October 2014

The recent Annual Awards Ceremony at SRUC Oatridge Campus saw staff, students and their families come together to celebrate the year’s successes.

Oatridge Dig for Victory garden - Houses of Parliament

Oatridge “Dig for Victory” Garden Recognised in Westminster

Published: Wednesday, 29th October 2014

A group representing the Dig for Victory garden at SRUC Oatridge campus returned from the Houses of Parliament where they celebrated the Heritage Lottery Fund's First World War Centenary project.

Activity Tourism event - Oatridge Campus and the Loch Lomond and Trossachs Skills Partnership

SRUC and the Skills Partnership Join Forces to bring Activity Tourism to Loch Lomond

Published: Wednesday, 15th October 2014

SRUC Oatridge Campus lecturers, the Loch Lomond and Trossachs Skills Partnership, school pupils and local businesses met recently to explore the opportunities for young people in activity tourism.

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Primary Schools Buzzing with Excitement about Bee Competition

Published: Wednesday, 1st October 2014

The excited buzz from school pupils around the West Lothian Schools’ Bee Garden Competition has ended with Dedridge Primary declared the winner.

Allotment Open Day

Field of Dreams for Allotment Open Day at SRUC Oatridge

Published: Thursday, 18th September 2014

There was a great turn out for the Allotment Open Day held at SRUC Oatridge Campus recently.

West Lothian Wild Day Out

SRUC and Rural Connect Create a Buzz at the Wild Day Out

Published: Tuesday, 15th July 2014

SRUC staff and the Rural Connect project, a two year LEADER and Lottery Heritage funded project operating from Oatridge Campus, took part in the recent West Lothian Wild Day Out in Livingston.

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.

Student Group in Mallaig on way to Rum

Oatridge Students in Rum Deal

Published: Wednesday, 18th June 2014

Students from the Oatridge Campus of Scotland’s Rural College recently spent five days on the Isle of Rum during their annual study tour.

Jemma Black and Magali Tuke Rural Connect Farming Education Pack

Down on the Farm – a Different Approach to Learning!

Published: Wednesday, 18th June 2014

A West Lothian project has joined forces with Broxburn Primary School to produce a new Farming in West Lothian education pack.

Rural Connect Farm open Day.

Oatridge Doubles the Numbers

Published: Wednesday, 14th May 2014

Over 3,000 visitors flocked to the Rural Connect Farm Open Day hosted recently at SRUC’s Oatridge Campus. Organisers were delighted to see such a large number on the day, twice as many as last year.

Dancing Cows - Oatridge Farm Open Day

Bigger, Better, Beefier Farm Open Day - SRUC Oatridge Campus Welcomes Visitors

Published: Wednesday, 16th April 2014

The Oatridge Campus of Scotland’s Rural College, in collaboration with Rural Connect are throwing open the gates again for the 2014 Farm Open Day!

Ann Burns - Oatridge Lantra day

Getting the Message across about the Land-based Sector

Published: Wednesday, 16th April 2014

SRUC and Lantra recently ran a very successful careers seminar at the Oatridge Campus of Scotland’s Rural College.

WW1 garden at Oatridge

SRUC Receives Funding to Create a WW1 Style Allotment

Published: Tuesday, 25th March 2014

Scotland’s Rural College has received £10,000 funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to design and build a First World War inspired allotment on their Oatridge Campus in West Lothian.

Tree planting at Holmes Park, Broxburn

Tree Planting Project Takes Root

Published: Tuesday, 25th March 2014

Pupils at Our Lady’s Primary School in Stoneyburn put down some new roots recently assisted by horticulture students from the Oatridge Campus of Scotland's Rural College.

Cameron Tasker Horticultural Prize

SRUC Student Stands Among Gardening Greats!

Published: Friday, 21st March 2014

A horticulture student from Scotland’s Rural College has won a prestigious horticultural prize.

Seafield Primary School bees

West Lothian Pupils Challenged to Bee Supportive

Published: Wednesday, 12th March 2014

A local community group have launched an exciting new competition which challenges West Lothian schools to learn all about the world of bees.

Wind and Snow Welcomes Oatridge Students to Hill Farming

Published: Wednesday, 26th February 2014

Even blizzards failed to dampen the spirits of students from the Oatridge Campus of Scotland’s Rural College as they saw hill farming at first hand during a recent visit to Strathtay, Aberfeldy.

Kaleem Shaikh, Lantra

Barony and Oatridge Students Through to LANTRA Final

Published: Wednesday, 5th February 2014

Six students from Scotland’s Rural College are through to the final of the Lantra Scotland, Land-based and Aquaculture Learner of the Year Awards to be held in the Hilton Dunblane Hydro on Thursday 6th March.

Get out of Town for a Family Fun Day!

Published: Tuesday, 21st January 2014

SRUC’s Oatridge Campus is hosting a family fun day, run by our very own HNC Countryside Management Students.

Four Oatridge Students in Line for Top Training Award – Success for New Entrants to Scotland’s Land-based Industries

Published: Monday, 20th January 2014

Four young men from Doune, Uddingston, Uphall and Glenrothes are through to the final of a prestigious competition for those studying for a career in agriculture and other land-based subjects.

One Year on and Growing Strong

Published: Friday, 13th December 2013

West Lothian-based project Rural Connect is celebrating the end of a very successful first year having connected with 2,500 people in the area.

College Development Network Awards - Barony Winner

SRUC Campuses Shine at the College Development Network Awards

Published: Wednesday, 11th December 2013

Two SRUC campuses took home prestigious prizes at the College Development Network Awards.

Torness visit

SRUC Oatridge Students Energised at Torness

Published: Thursday, 28th November 2013

Students studying for a National Certficate in Land-based Engineering at SRUC’s Oatridge Campus saw how a nuclear power station operates when they visited EDF Energy’s Torness site in East Lothian.

Oatridge Careers event

Career Advisers Learn About Rural Sector Job Opportunities

Published: Wednesday, 13th November 2013

A recent gathering of more than 30 teachers and Skills Development Scotland career advisors at our Oatridge Campus heard about the numerous possibilities offered to students across SRUC.

Heather Stuart

Oatridge Campus Award List Reflects Diversity of New Entrants to Agriculture

Published: Wednesday, 23rd October 2013

A 20 year old student from the remote and beautiful Sutherland Flow Country, a retired rugby star and an aspiring new entrant were all amongst the award winners at the recent SRUC graduation ceremony.

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SRUC Campuses at the Forefront of the College Development Network Annual Awards

Published: Wednesday, 25th September 2013

SRUC Barony and Oatridge Campuses have been shortlisted for the College Development Network Annual Awards.

Horse event

Getting Great Grass for Grazing (Horses)

Published: Wednesday, 25th September 2013

Horses and their pastures were the subject of a recent SAC Consulting event held at SRUC’s Oatridge Campus in West Lothian.

Grazing Regeneration Project Oatridge

Oatridge Grazing Regeneration Project

Published: Wednesday, 14th August 2013

Over 70 farmers attended the latest progress report on the grazing regeneration project at the Oatridge Campus of Scotland’s Rural College.

Andrew Hurrell with an Argocat

A long way for a short course!

Published: Wednesday, 14th August 2013

Not everyone will travel over 400 miles for a short course but that’s what Andrew Hurrell did when he made the trip all the way from Essex to our Oatridge campus to learn how to drive an Argocat.

Sheep

Oatridge Sheep Event Addresses Threats to our Flocks

Published: Wednesday, 24th July 2013

With new and emerging diseases, parasite epidemics and the long term legacy of appalling weather the sheep industry is facing major challenges.

Grassland

Grassland Event at Oatridge

Published: Wednesday, 17th July 2013

While the recent outstanding summer sunshine has done much to brighten the mood of farmers across the country the problems underlying their pastures remain.

Woodland walk

Local project goes wild this summer!

Published: Wednesday, 17th July 2013

People in West Lothian are being encouraged to go wild this summer. Local communities will find a huge variety of activities on offer at the Rural Connect Wonderful Wild Wednesday Roadshow.

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.

Nicola McArthur and Amaretto VI

Oatridge Show Jumping Paves Way to Horse of the year Show

Published: Wednesday, 19th June 2013

The National Equestrian Centre based at SRUC's Oatridge campus recently hosted an event with two direct qualifying tickets for the final of the Prestigious Horse of the Years show up for grabs.

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.

Graham Gillespie

Getting to Know SRUC: Horses for Courses at Oatridge

Published: Wednesday, 5th June 2013

Oatridge campus has been running equine courses for many years now. Past students have gone on to compete internationally, gain prestigious positions in industry and run their own businesses.

Oatridge open day

Farming on a fun-sized scale at SRUC Oatridge

Published: Wednesday, 29th May 2013

The Farm Open Day at SRUC Oatridge Campus, run in partnership with Rural Connect, proved incredibly popular with locals in West Lothian this weekend, with an estimated 1,500 people through the gates.

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.

Farm Machinery Lectures

Students Collaborate in Search for Ways to Improve Damaged Grazing

Published: Wednesday, 22nd May 2013

Work by students at the Oatridge Campus of Scotland’s Rural College will advise farmers on ways to quickly restore grassland and grazing badly damaged by months of poor weather.

Young horticulturalist

SRUC Students Make Scottish Final of Young Horticulturist of the Year

Published: Wednesday, 13th March 2013

Four SRUC students have made it through to the Scottish final of the Young Horticulturist of the Year Competition.

Lumberjill - Fiona Fitzelle

Oatridge Lumberjill Wins Special Award from Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society

Published: Wednesday, 13th March 2013

Fiona Fitzelle, who recently completed an SVQ Level 3 in Horticulture at SRUC’s Oatridge Campus, was awarded the first ever Student Certificate of Merit by the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society.

Findlay Ross - Agri Winner

SRUC Students Shine at LANTRA Awards

Published: Wednesday, 6th March 2013

Students from the Oatridge, Barony and Craibstone Campuses shared in an outstanding list of success at the prestigious Lantra, Scotland Land-based and Aquaculture Learner of the Year Awards.

Oatridge Taster Day

Pupils get a taste for land-based industries at Oatridge

Published: Wednesday, 6th March 2013

Over 200 pupils from as far away as the Scottish Borders took part in a variety of land-based activities over the two Taster Days that ran recently at SRUC, Oatridge Campus.

Oatridge Course Offers Skills Needed to get a Job

Published: Wednesday, 27th February 2013

In these straightened times young people, indeed people of all ages, are having huge difficulties finding work.

SRUC’s Oatridge Campus Celebrates Student’s Success at Industry Training Awards

Published: Wednesday, 27th February 2013

Students from the Oatridge Campus of Scotland’s Rural College shared in an outstanding list of success at the prestigious Lantra, Scotland Land-based and Aquaculture Learner of the Year Awards.

SRUC Oatridge shortlisted for five Lantra Awards

Published: Monday, 11th February 2013

Four students from SRUC’s Oatridge Campus have reached the prestigious final of the Lantra Scotland Land-based and Aquaculture Learner of the Year Awards.

Soil Aeration Demo

Concern over Soils Draws Big Crowds to Oatridge Event

Published: Wednesday, 30th January 2013

It was standing room only at SAC Consulting’s recent soil aeration event at SRUC’s Oatridge Campus.

Rural Connect

Rural Connect embark on their journey of discovery

Published: Wednesday, 30th January 2013

A recent event held by the Rural Connect project at SRUC Oatridge has highlighted the importance of strong community links in West Lothian.

Tackling Saturated Soils – Practical SRUC Event at Oatridge Focuses on Drainage, Aeration and Reseeding

Published: Wednesday, 9th January 2013

An open event planned for SRUC’s Oatridge campus on January 24th aims to help farmers facing the problems of waterlogged soils.

Oatridge careers convention

Oatridge Venue for Careers Convention

Published: Wednesday, 12th December 2012

Oatridge Campus proved an excellent venue for the latest SRUC Careers Convention.

Oatridge Wins West Lothian Tourism Award

Published: Wednesday, 5th December 2012

Oatridge College (now the Oatridge Campus of Scotland’s Rural College, SRUC) has been named Best Tourism Business at the West Lothian Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards.

Earthship

SRUC Students’ Project Pushes the Final Frontiers of Conservation

Published: Wednesday, 14th November 2012

Countryside Management students from SRUC Oatridge are using Earthship technology in a bid to enhance the local environment.

Erin and Heather

Olympic endeavours at SRUC!

Published: Wednesday, 31st October 2012

With the Olympic fever still burning throughout the country, two SRUC students based at Oatridge Campus, Erin Lee and Heather O’Leary, are about to put their riding skills to the test.

Equestrian display

Equine Students are Trading for Charity

Published: Wednesday, 31st October 2012

Business-like and socially conscious students at SRUC’s Oatridge Campus have organised a table top sale to support the World Horse Welfare Charity.

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.

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