Staff news

SRUC Veterinary service team members carry out testing on samples at the Veterinary and Analytical Laboratory

Implementing a new model of disease surveillance

Published: Wednesday, 13th November 2019

Following an internal consultation, Scotland’s Rural College will progress with the new model of disease surveillance announced in August 2019.

Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing launches land matching service with farmers Patrick Kimpton and Robin Young

Cabinet Secretary launches new land matching service

Published: Friday, 27th September 2019

The launch of a new land matching service to tackle the issue of an ageing farming population and improve access for new entrants has been welcomed by consultants at Scotland’s Rural College.

Coffee pod news

Coffee Pod @ SRUC Peter Wilson building

Published: Friday, 6th September 2019

We are delighted to announce that your new Coffee Pod will open on Monday 9 September, just in time for the start of the new term.

Shopping locally at farmers' markets is one way to avoid single-use plastics

Walking away from Walkers

Published: Monday, 2nd September 2019

After watching the BBC documentary War on Plastic, Nikki McIntosh was inspired to go plastic-free.

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The Scottish Government’s Veterinary Services Programme

Published: Monday, 12th August 2019

Every year SRUC vets provide livestock disease surveillance; animal health planning and support for farm animal welfare across Scotland through the Scottish Government’s Veterinary Services Programme.

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Wyoming students get taste of Scotland

Published: Monday, 5th August 2019

Students from the University of Wyoming enjoyed a summer study tour to Scotland with the support of Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC).

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Chinese agricultural mission

Published: Friday, 2nd August 2019

Chinese visitors were given an overview of Scottish agriculture on a visit to Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC).

Borderlands Dairy Innovation Centre for SRUC’s South West Faculty

Dairy innovation investment

Published: Thursday, 4th July 2019

The Borderlands partnership have announced investment of up to £8 million into a new Centre of Dairy Innovation in the South and West Faculty of Scotland’s Rural College.

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Innovation coming home to roost

Published: Thursday, 6th June 2019

The UK’s largest facility to improve avian nutrition, health and welfare has opened today near Edinburgh. 

The new milkshake stand is set to be a big draw at this year’s Royal Highland Show

SRUC shaking things up at Royal Highland Show

Published: Monday, 3rd June 2019

Virtual reality headsets, milkshake created from a world-famous dairy herd and a chance to fly miniature drones are among the draws at the SRUC marquee at the 2019 Royal Highland Show (20-23 June).

Alasdair Sykes says mitigating greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture is a global challenge

Rising to the challenge of climate change

Published: Tuesday, 28th May 2019

A climate change researcher at Scotland’s Rural College has reached the semi-finals of this year’s Converge Challenge.

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Animal Disease Surveillance in the Lothians

Published: Friday, 24th May 2019

From 15 June 2019, vets and farmers in the Lothians will no longer send animals for post-mortem examinations at the Allan Watt building in the Bush Estate, near Edinburgh.

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Board makes history

Published: Tuesday, 21st May 2019

The appointment of three new “outstanding” non-executive directors means that, for the first time in its history, Scotland’s Rural College will have a 50:50 gender split on its board.

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Into Africa

Published: Thursday, 16th May 2019

Food security students travelled to Kenya to learn about food production and distribution, as well as retailing, poverty and malnutrition, in developing countries.

Elmwood to be nature organisation’s new home

Elmwood the natural choice

Published: Monday, 29th April 2019

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) staff have moved to a new location in Cupar on SRUC’s Elmwood campus

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Eileen takes up presidency

Published: Monday, 15th April 2019

The Head of Research at Scotland’s Rural College has been appointed President of the British Society of Animal Science (BSAS).

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Converge closing soon

Published: Friday, 12th April 2019

Time is running out for staff with exciting business ideas to apply for funding through Converge.

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Innovative film

Published: Thursday, 11th April 2019

A new short film, featuring the Cow Health Partnership Project, has been made to highlight SRUC’s successful work with industry.

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Montrose man’s Californian adventures lead to dream job

Published: Tuesday, 2nd April 2019

After more than a decade teaching in a Californian high school, Montrose-born Craig Davidson has returned to his alma mater – Scotland’s Rural College – as a lecturer.

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We have a winner!

Published: Friday, 8th March 2019

Civil rights activist Rosa Parks and pioneering US politician Shirley Chisholm are the focus of a prize-winning staff letter to mark International Women’s Day. 

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New student portal needs a name 

Published: Friday, 8th March 2019

SRUC is investing in a new app\web portal for students and teaching staff to improve student satisfaction and enhance the learning experience across all three faculties. 

Part of Elwood Golf Course’s Green Team. From left to right at the back are Ryan Stenhouse, Lucy Archibald and Dan Lang, Steve Johnstone. In the front row are Mark Hood, Stuart Pearson, Holly Scott and Greg Kilmour.

Driving for sustainability

Published: Friday, 22nd February 2019

In November 2018, Elmwood was assessed for the Golf Environment Organisation (GEO) Eco Mark, the gold standard for sustainable golf courses globally.

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International Women's Day competition

Published: Thursday, 21st February 2019

This year’s International Women’s Day (IWD) takes place on Friday 8 March. It’s a day to both celebrate women’s achievements and to highlight the need for a more gender-balanced world.

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Andrew Dunsire

Published: Tuesday, 12th February 2019

Job title: Senior Graphic Designer. Location: Edinburgh Campus.

Rachael Stark

Rachael Stark

Published: Tuesday, 12th February 2019

Job title: Lecturer. Location: Aberdeen Campus

Minister for Mental Health Clare Haughey discussed rural mental health on a visit to SRUC  in January 2019

Working together for Rural Mental Health

Published: Monday, 11th February 2019

We were thrilled to share our partnership work to improve rural mental health with the Minister for Mental Health Clare Haughey MSP, during a visit to King’s Building last month.

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Scots soil expert honoured by Swedes

Published: Monday, 11th February 2019

One of Scotland’s leading soil scientists has been given the royal seal of approval in Sweden.

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Edinburgh celebrates Chinese New Year

Published: Wednesday, 6th February 2019

Staff and students at SRUC’s Edinburgh campus gathered yesterday to enjoy Chinese tea and cakes to help celebrate Chinese New Year.

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Mental health campaign launched at Barony

Published: Monday, 4th February 2019

NHS 24 launched their new Breathing Space campaign ‘You Matter, We Care’ with the help of SRUC staff and students at Barony on Tuesday 29 January.

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Food and Drink on the Menu for SRUC

Published: Tuesday, 29th January 2019

The importance of food and drink provenance and the pressures of the current economic climate mean there has never been a better time for SRUC to shout about its farm to fork supply chain expertise. 

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Moving to Moredun

Published: Tuesday, 29th January 2019

Colleagues from SRUC Veterinary Services are making the final moves to their new home at the Moredun Research Institute (MRI), in the Pentlands Science Park.

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SRUC and the UK approach to animal health surveillance

Published: Tuesday, 22nd January 2019

This week (21 January 2018), the four Chief Veterinary Officers of the UK have updated and released the ‘The UK Approach to Animal Health Surveillance.

Lady Angela and Sir Michael Bonallack with SRUC students Lorna McClymont and Michaela Patzeltova and their tutor Fraser Hutchinson at the Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa

Tee Time for Golf Legends

Published: Monday, 7th January 2019

Golf students from Elmwood, teed off into the festive period with an event with two legends of British Golf, Sir Michael Bonallack OBE and Lady Angela Bonallack.

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Moving up the pecking order

Published: Thursday, 20th December 2018

SRUC Librarian, Lesley Reade picked up a clutch of awards at the Poultry Club of Great Britain’s National Poultry Show 2018 held in Telford earlier this month on 1 & 2 December 2018.

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KickStarting Entrepreneurship

Published: Friday, 14th December 2018

Three projects from SRUC have been chosen ahead of 106 other applications to make the shortlist for the prestigious Converge Challenge KickStart programme.

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Steven picks up national prize

Published: Wednesday, 28th November 2018

A laboratory scientist based at the SAC Consulting Veterinary Services Disease Surveillance Centre in Inverness has picked up a national award.

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Kerry Allison

Published: Monday, 26th November 2018

Job Title: Senior Food and Drink Consultant. Location: Aberdeen campus

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Robin Walker

Published: Monday, 26th November 2018

Job Title: Researcher (Agronomic Systems). Location: Aberdeen Campus

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Sir Stephen Watson SRUC Staff Prize

Published: Monday, 26th November 2018

The Sir Stephen Watson SRUC Staff Prize has this year been awarded jointly, after judges were so impressed by both candidates they were unable to choose between them.

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It’s showtime…

Published: Friday, 23rd November 2018

A team from SRUC has returned from Europe’s premier conference-led exhibition for veterinary professionals.

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Jarlath’s feeling supersonic as ‘hedgehog’ photo goes viral

Published: Thursday, 22nd November 2018

Business and SharePoint Analyst Jarlath Flynn has been taking the twittersphere by storm after a photo he took of a starling murmuration went viral.

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Martha Dellar

Published: Tuesday, 13th November 2018

Role at SRUC: PhD student

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Raymond Crerar

Published: Tuesday, 13th November 2018

Job title: Senior Consultant and Area Manager Location: Ayr office

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Rita Ribeiro

Published: Thursday, 1st November 2018

Job Title: PhD student (currently in the second year), at SRUC and Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh Location: Based at Inverness (Epidemiology Research unit (ERU))

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James Ripley

Published: Tuesday, 30th October 2018

Job Title: Campus Librarian Location: Edinburgh

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Q&A with Bill Dingwall

Published: Monday, 29th October 2018

In his own typically modest way, Dr Bill Dingwall thinks he’ll be remembered at SRUC as “the guy who was always taking students out on field trips in the minibus”.

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Closing the net

Published: Thursday, 25th October 2018

SRUC has achieved formal accreditation for its work to minimise cyber attacks.

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Doors Open at Easter Bush

Published: Monday, 22nd October 2018

More than 750 members of the public attended the recent Open Day at Easter Bush Campus, an increase of 200 people from last year.

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David Hume

Published: Thursday, 18th October 2018

SRUC has said goodbye to a long-serving and well respected member of staff as Dean of Ayr Campus, David Hume, has left after 31 years with the organisation.

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​​​​​​​Andrew Tennant

Published: Thursday, 18th October 2018

Job Title: Senior Procurement Manager. Location: Edinburgh.

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Willie Budge

Published: Thursday, 18th October 2018

Job Title: Senior Agricultural Consultant. Location: Thurso Office.

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SRUC Takes Time Out for Tea and Talk

Published: Wednesday, 17th October 2018

Edinburgh-based staff and students gathered together to raise over £113 for the Mental Health Foundation at a Tea and Talk event on World Mental Health Day.

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Doors Open Day

Published: Monday, 8th October 2018

The Peter Wilson Building was abuzz with members of the public recently as SRUC took part in this year’s Edinburgh Doors Open Day.

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Raising money to help cancer support

Published: Friday, 5th October 2018

Two staff members are looking for your help to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support, as George Houliston abstains from alcohol for a month and Graeme Ligertwood takes part in Brave the Shave.

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Never a Dull Moment

Published: Thursday, 4th October 2018

After 39 years of dedicated service to SRUC, this year’s recipient of the SRUC Award for Excellence in Teaching, Lesley Howie, is retiring from the organisation on 12 October.

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Elmwood dishes up new dining experience

Published: Thursday, 27th September 2018

SRUC’s training restaurant at Elmwood has undergone a makeover during the summer and is now open for lunchtime bookings.

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Lindy Nelson CEO Agri-Women's Development Trust New Zealand

Published: Wednesday, 26th September 2018

Visionary New Zealand farmer Lindy Nelson will be speaking at the Dewars Centre, Perth on Thursday 4 October.

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South and West Faculty Development Plans

Published: Thursday, 20th September 2018

As you are aware, we have been working hard to set a vision for what kind of institution we want SRUC to be in the future, and how we can be financially sustainable in the long term.

Professor Alistair Stott

‘We can all make a real difference’ – retiring Alistair reflects on 27 years at SRUC

Published: Thursday, 13th September 2018

After more than quarter of a century at SRUC, during which he has led research on numerous animal welfare and breeding projects, Professor Alistair Stott is retiring on 28 September.

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Poppy Frater

Published: Wednesday, 12th September 2018

Job title: Sheep and Grassland Specialist. Location: St Boswells office.

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Gavin Elrick

Published: Wednesday, 12th September 2018

Job title: Senior Consultant - Soil and Drainage Specialist. Location: Turriff Office

The awards

‘It’s turned into a good day!’

Published: Thursday, 6th September 2018

This was how Professor Mike Coffey reacted when he was told that his EGENES project had earned SRUC one of two nominations in this year’s Times Higher Education Awards.

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Workforce Transformation Project

Published: Friday, 31st August 2018

Gavin Macgregor, Director of Professional Services, explains how we need to reshape SRUC in order to meet our strategic ambitions.

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An update from Wayne Powell

Published: Thursday, 30th August 2018

The Principal and Chief Executive gives the latest on student numbers, ELT and the Outline Business Case for the South and West.

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Voting now open for SRUC Board elections

Published: Thursday, 30th August 2018

Elections are now open to vote two staff members on to the SRUC Board, with 12 candidates receiving nominations.

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SRUC staff takes on Pedal for Scotland

Published: Thursday, 30th August 2018

A group of SRUC staff who are used to cycling to work have decided to go a bit further than their usual morning commute.

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SAC Consulting tackles the Great Glen Challenge

Published: Thursday, 30th August 2018

Colleagues from across the country will be taking on the Great Glen Challenge 2018, a fundraising event for the Royal Scottish Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RSABI).

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Deep Impact

Published: Thursday, 30th August 2018

Scotland’s Rural College has been recognised for the global impact of its dairy research by a leading scientific journal.

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Susan Pirie

Published: Thursday, 30th August 2018

Job title: Senior Agricultural Consultant and Area Manager. Location: Kirkwall

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David Gibson

Published: Thursday, 30th August 2018

Job title: Senior Veterinary Investigation Officer – Labware Development. Location: Perth

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Goodbye to Bruce

Published: Thursday, 16th August 2018

Soil Science expert Bruce Ball, who is also a keen author and poet, is retiring from SRUC on 22 August after a long career with the organisation.

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Graeme Sharpe

Published: Thursday, 16th August 2018

Job title: Beekeeping Advisor. Location: Auchincruive

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Malcolm Young

Published: Thursday, 16th August 2018

Job title: Senior Forestry Consultant. Location: Stirling Office.

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Cycle to Work Day

Published: Wednesday, 15th August 2018

Cycle to Work Day, which took place this week, is the UK’s biggest cycle commuting event, with over two million miles ridden since the event began in 2012.

Time is running out to make your nominations for two new staff members on the SRUC Board.

A combined approach

Published: Thursday, 2nd August 2018

Staff from SRUC's Veterinary Services team will be moving into the Moredun Research Institute building at the Pentland Science Park.

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SRUC Board looking for new recruits

Published: Thursday, 2nd August 2018

Time is running out to make your nominations for two new staff members on the SRUC Board.

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National Marine Week

Published: Thursday, 2nd August 2018

When he isn’t representing the SRUC student body, SRUCSA President Stuart MacKenzie volunteers for the RSPB’s Dolphinwatch at Torry Battery, just outside Aberdeen Harbour.

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David Nasseri

Published: Wednesday, 1st August 2018

Job title: Lecturer in the Environment. Location: Kings Buildings, Edinburgh

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Iain Riddell

Published: Wednesday, 1st August 2018

Job title: Products and Commercial Developments Manager. Location: Perth

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Summer Graduation

Published: Friday, 20th July 2018

Nearly 200 students graduated from SRUC on Friday 6 June, as degrees ranging from Bachelors through to Masters were awarded at our summer graduation in Glasgow.

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Queen’s Anniversary Prize 2019 - call for submissions

Published: Friday, 20th July 2018

Submissions are open for the Queens Anniversary Prize 2019. Do you have work that should be considered? The deadline for the QAP competition is 15 September 2018.

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Trevor Polley

Published: Wednesday, 18th July 2018

Job title: Agricultural Consultant Location: Oban Office

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Dr. Lorna Cole

Published: Wednesday, 18th July 2018

Job Title: Agricultural Ecologist/Lecturer Location: Auchincruive

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Sarah Skerratt

Published: Thursday, 5th July 2018

Job title: Director of Policy Engagement. Location: Kings Buildings, Edinburgh

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David Hopkins

Published: Thursday, 5th July 2018

Job title: Dean of the SRUC’s Central Faculty. Location: Edinburgh.

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Joint Research Cluster for SRUC and Moredun

Published: Thursday, 5th July 2018

45 researchers from SRUC and Moredun Research Institute met last week for the first in a series of joint workshops to develop our strategic partnership.

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Staff Elections to SRUC Board

Published: Thursday, 5th July 2018

Staff Elections being held for two staff members to SRUC Board. Call for nominations.

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Film highlights ‘human story’ of migrant workforce

Published: Thursday, 5th July 2018

A short film highlighting the “human story” behind Scottish agriculture’s seasonal migrant workforce has been unveiled by SRUC’s Rural Policy Centre.

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Minister meets young apprentices

Published: Thursday, 5th July 2018

Scotland’s Minister for Employability and Training has welcomed a new partnership between SRUC and East Lothian Council to give secondary school pupils the chance to work in SRUC’s laboratories.

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Neilson rates highest to claim first Young Farmer crown

Published: Thursday, 5th July 2018

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

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Carol-Anne Duthie

Published: Thursday, 5th July 2018

Job title: Interim Head of Beef and Sheep Research Centre. Location: Easter Howgate.

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Lecturer Masters the Golf Course

Published: Thursday, 5th July 2018

A professional golf lecturer at SRUC has drawn on over 25 years of experience and a lifetime’s passion for the game to help students aiming to continue their studies in the US.

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How we stole the Royal Highland Show

Published: Friday, 29th June 2018

Thanks to everyone who helped make our attendance at this year’s Royal Highland Show such a great success.

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A picture of health

Published: Tuesday, 26th June 2018

Scotland’s Rural College and their Students’ Association SRUCSA are delighted to have been awarded two stars at the Healthy Body Healthy Mind Awards for the academic year 2017-18.

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Athena Swan

Published: Wednesday, 20th June 2018

SRUC is stating its ambition to achieve gender equality by signing up to the ten principles of the Athena SWAN charter.

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New SRUCSA Officers

Published: Wednesday, 20th June 2018

New officers have been chosen as the SRUCSA team across SRUC Campuses.

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Plotting Victory

Published: Wednesday, 20th June 2018

Congratulations to all of our first year Horticulture and Garden Design students who prepared their end of year plots for display at the King’s Buildings last week.

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Bugging Out - National Insect Week

Published: Wednesday, 20th June 2018

National Insect Week is 18-24 June and SRUC researchers are doing some important work with insects, such as solitary bees and honeybees.

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Kylie Ehlers

Published: Wednesday, 20th June 2018

Job title: Communications Intern. Location: King’s Buildings, Edinburgh.

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Making a Difference

Published: Wednesday, 20th June 2018

A new publication, Making a Difference, showcasing the world-leading research of Scotland’s Rural College is available online.

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Cath Seeds

Published: Wednesday, 20th June 2018

Job title: Programme Leader Countryside Management. Location: Riverside Campus, Ayr.

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Dr Jet Mars - Moredun Seminar

Published: Tuesday, 19th June 2018

Dr Jet Mars of the Dutch Animal Health Service, Deventer will be giving a presentation entitled Monitoring Cattle Health for Farmers, Industry and Government, the perspective from the Netherlands.

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A taste of greatness

Published: Monday, 18th June 2018

A state-of-the-art food sensory lab that could see UK consumers playing an important role in livestock genetics is making its debut at this year’s Royal Highland Show (21-24 June).

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Edinburgh Marathon Relay in memory of Andy Drysdale

Published: Monday, 11th June 2018

Well done to our colleagues from SRUC who raised nearly £3000 in memory of Andy Drysdale.

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SRUC awarded the European Foundation for Quality Management

Published: Wednesday, 6th June 2018

SRUC has been awarded the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) ‘Committed to Excellence’ award by Quality Scotland, following a rigorous validation day on 31 May. 

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CARNEVALE’ shows animals’ responses to unique objects

Published: Wednesday, 6th June 2018

Pig KerPlunk and a popcorn-dispensing piñata are among a collection of unique objects created for an event at the pig research unit in Easter Howgate which explored how pigs like to play.

Prof. Julie Fitzpatrick, Scientific Director and Chief Executive of Moredun Research Institute and Prof. Wayne Powell, Principal & Chief Executive of Scotland’s Rural College

SRUC and Moredun partnership develops

Published: Wednesday, 6th June 2018

The new strategic partnership with the Moredun Research Institute has taken a significant step forward as work starts on the joint laboratories at the Pentland Science Park, Midlothian.

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Researchers helping African farmers diversify

Published: Wednesday, 6th June 2018

Researchers from Scotland’s Rural College have recently returned from Guinea-Bissau in Western Africa to assist in building networking and knowledge transfer centres between international researchers.

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Marketing team pulls off double HEIST nomination

Published: Wednesday, 6th June 2018

SRUC has been shortlisted for two prestigious national higher education marketing awards.

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Rural skills on display at Kirkton & Auchtertyre

Published: Wednesday, 6th June 2018

More than 60 secondary school pupils recently attended an enjoyable Rural Skills Day at SRUC’s Kirkton & Auchtertyre farms, near Crianlarich.

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Allison Craig

Published: Wednesday, 6th June 2018

Job title: PhD student. Location: Auchincruive, Ayr.

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Tom Maxwell

Published: Wednesday, 6th June 2018

Job title: Senior Communications Officer. Location: Edinburgh campus.

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Digital fact finders

Published: Friday, 25th May 2018

A group of SRUC staff involved in the innovative Digital Classroom project made a recent visit to the University of the West of Scotland’s Paisley campus on a fact-finding mission.

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SRUC’s people strategy

Published: Wednesday, 23rd May 2018

Work is currently underway on developing our People Strategy, a key transformation project, which supports the delivery of our strategic priorities as outlined in our Strategic Plan.

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For the record: SRUC’s archive project

Published: Wednesday, 23rd May 2018

Over the past two years a team of staff have been collecting and collating historical material from across SRUC’s campuses to form the basis of the new SRUC library archive.

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SEFARI PhD Competition

Published: Wednesday, 23rd May 2018

SRUC employees and students are invited to the SEFARI PhD Competition, on Thursday 24 and Friday 25 May in Lecture Theatre E at SRUC Kings Buildings Campus, Edinburgh. 

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Calum Johnston

Published: Wednesday, 23rd May 2018

Job title: Food and Drink Consultant (as part of SAC Consulting), Location: Aberdeen campus.

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British Tomato Week

Published: Wednesday, 23rd May 2018

This week is British Tomato Week, an opportunity for the country to celebrate all this tomato based and raise awareness about the benefits of buying locally grown produce.

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Pan-SRUC Seminar

Published: Thursday, 17th May 2018

Mental Health Week - Stress: Are we coping?

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Mental Health Awareness Week at SRUC

Published: Thursday, 17th May 2018

As part of SRUC’s commitment to positive mental health for our students and employees, we are pleased to support Mental Health Awareness Week.

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Transforming SRUC – Reaching our new strategic goals

Published: Wednesday, 9th May 2018

SRUC is changing. Our new Strategic Plan has established an ambitious target of transforming our organisation to become a University.

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Real fillip for Science for Life Lecture

Published: Wednesday, 9th May 2018

A world-renowned professor of agricultural research will discuss the changing global landscape of agriculture at the upcoming Science for Life Lecture, given as part of the SEFARI PhD competition.

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Pride and Prejudice and podcasts

Published: Wednesday, 9th May 2018

A stately home featured in the BBC’s 1995 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice provided a stunning setting for an SRUC researcher to make her podcast debut.

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Andrew Leggate

Published: Wednesday, 9th May 2018

Job title: Temporary IACS support assistant.

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Emma Penman

Published: Wednesday, 9th May 2018

Job title: Library Assistant. Location: Oatridge campus

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Hello Mr Mackenzie

Published: Tuesday, 8th May 2018

A former SRUC graduate who went on to enjoy a successful career in the United States government last week stepped foot in the King’s Buildings for the first time in nearly 60 years.

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Let the drain take the strain

Published: Tuesday, 1st May 2018

Scottish drainage expertise will help the capital of Iceland to cope with warmer and wetter winters in the future. 

New structure for SAC Consulting Business Managers

New structure for SAC Consulting Business Managers

Published: Wednesday, 25th April 2018

When Andrew Lacey arrived at the end of last year to the role of Head of SAC Consulting Solutions, one of his first challenges was to develop an organisational structure to meet future needs.

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Work starts on SRUC’s new Poultry Science Research Centre

Published: Wednesday, 25th April 2018

Work has started on a new state-of-the-art Poultry Science Research Centre at the Bush Estate, Midlothian, just outside Edinburgh.

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SRUC match raises £9.5k for Doddie’s charity

Published: Wednesday, 25th April 2018

Over £9,500 (including gift aid) was raised for Doddie Weir’s MND charity, My Name’5 Doddie, in a special rugby match that saw the ‘old boys’ of SRUC enjoy a convincing win over the Edinburgh Agrics.

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SRUCSA launches Keep Cups

Published: Wednesday, 25th April 2018

SRUCSA have launched an SRUC Keep Cup as part of their commitment to the environment within their Responsible Futures initiative.

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Rare Breeds post Brexit

Published: Wednesday, 25th April 2018

SRUC researchers facilitated a workshop hosted by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust to explore the development of support structures for conservation of the UK’s Native Breeds at Risk post Brexit.

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Paula Cuccurullo

Published: Wednesday, 25th April 2018

Job title: SRUC Learner Engagement Officer (LEO). Location: Edinburgh Campus.

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John Scholefield

Published: Wednesday, 25th April 2018

Job title: Marketing & Business Development Officer. Team: SAC Consulting Veterinary Services.

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Eileen named Senior “Veep”

Published: Thursday, 19th April 2018

Professor Eileen Wall has been named Senior Vice President of the British Society of Animal Science (BSAS).

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Alumni tackle students in charity rugby match

Published: Wednesday, 11th April 2018

Former classmates of Doddie Weir are among past and present students scrummaging together to raise money for the rugby legend’s motor neurone disease charity. 

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ELT Breakfast Meetings - Updated Schedule

Published: Wednesday, 11th April 2018

The series of breakfast meetings for the Executive Leadership Team (ELT) has just one more stop in Aberdeen.  However, the date has been postponed from 1 June to 18 June 2018. See schedule below. 

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Digital Classroom

Published: Wednesday, 11th April 2018

A working group made up of staff from IS and Education have been collaborating to create a new digital classroom, which lays down the foundations to change the way we teach at SRUC.

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Julie van den Driesche

Published: Wednesday, 11th April 2018

Job: Alumni Relations Manager. Location: Edinburgh.

Martins A

Martins Admidins

Published: Wednesday, 11th April 2018

Job: Web Editor. Location: Edinburgh. Team: Professional Services.

Professor Alistair Stott

Alistair Stott

Published: Wednesday, 11th April 2018

Job Title: Interim Head of Research. Location: Edinburgh. Team: Research

Ainslay Bagnall staff prize

Staff prizes at SRUC – call for nominations

Published: Thursday, 5th April 2018

The call for nominations is open for two SRUC Staff prizes.

Namss award

Top performers in a supporting role

Published: Thursday, 5th April 2018

The SRUC Learner Engagement Team are celebrating after being awarded third place in the National Association for Managers of Student Services (NAMSS) Student Services Team of the Year 2017-18.

Sruc postgraduate research conference 2018

SRUC Postgraduate Research Conference 2018

Published: Thursday, 5th April 2018

The annual SRUC Postgraduate Research Conference took place at King’s Buildings on 21 and 22 March.

Challange for change

Challenge for Change 100 Days Later

Published: Wednesday, 28th March 2018

Challenge for Change 100 Days Later was held last Friday, 23 March. 

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A new kind of university

Published: Wednesday, 21st March 2018

SRUC will become a new, 21st-Century university.

Sensory lab

New mobile sensory lab hits the road

Published: Wednesday, 21st March 2018

SRUC’s new mobile sensory lab, which will allow consumers around the UK to play an important role in livestock genetics, was officially unveiled this week.

Dairy calves at Crichton Farm

A day in the life of the Langhill Dairy Herd

Published: Wednesday, 21st March 2018

SRUC has recently celebrated winning the Queen’s Anniversary prize for Higher Education.

SRUCs royal appointment at Palace

SRUC’s royal appointment at Palace

Published: Wednesday, 21st March 2018

A ten-strong delegation from SRUC recently attended a special investiture at Buckingham Palace to officially receive our Queen’s Anniversary Prize from Prince Charles.

Marketing awards

Marketing and Student Recruitment team pick up awards

Published: Wednesday, 21st March 2018

The Marketing and Student Recruitment team have scooped two awards at the College Development Network’s annual Marketing Awards.

Womens Day films highlight reel issues

Women’s Day films highlight reel issues

Published: Wednesday, 21st March 2018

SRUC held its first International Women’s Day film competition on Thursday 8 March.

Professor Wayne Powell

Principal made Fellow of The Royal Society of Edinburgh

Published: Wednesday, 21st March 2018

Professor Wayne Powell, Principal and Chief Executive, has been made a Fellow of The Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Jennifer Brown

Jennifer Struthers

Published: Wednesday, 21st March 2018

Title: Senior Agricultural Consultant and Area Manager. Location: Lanark.

Simon Gibson Poole

Simon Gibson-Poole

Published: Wednesday, 21st March 2018

Job: Post Doc (Technology and information systems). ​​​​​​​Location: Edinburgh

Gabriele Schanz

Gaby Schanz

Published: Wednesday, 21st March 2018

Role: PMO Manager. Team: Professional Services. Campus: Edinburgh

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