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Award winners holding award at ceremony

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.

Student Cameron Howie is nominated

Lantra Learner of the Year Award

Published: Tuesday, 30th January 2018

Nine SRUC students and Modern Apprentices have been nominated for Lantra Scotland’s 16th Learner of the Year Awards.

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

SRUC graduates on course for great things

Published: Friday, 3rd November 2017

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

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.

Jim Goodlad, Donald Alexander from Isle of Gigha, Cameron Brown from Leslie, Declan Lindsay from Glenrothes and Jim McKerrachar.

From Fife to the Highlands - Head Keeper Poaches Students from SRUC Elmwood

Published: Wednesday, 11th March 2015

Game keeping student Cameron Brown (17), from Fife is bound for the Highlands and a grouse moor job following the visit to SRUC Elmwood by Head Keeper Jim McKerrachar of Phoines Estates, Dalwinnie.

Thomas Muirhead and Kyle Smith in action

Bronze for SRUC Student Curlers

Published: Wednesday, 18th February 2015

Two SRUC student curlers were in the men’s bronze medal winning rink at the 2015 World University Winter Games in Spain and the UK’s only medal winners.

Hazel Smith

SRUC Brushes Opposition Aside at World Student Winter Games

Published: Wednesday, 11th February 2015

Four SRUC students have spent the last six days curling for Great Britain at the 2015 Winter Universiade (World University Winter Games) joining 2,500 competitors from 50 nations in Granada, Spain.

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.

Kyle Smith

SRUC Students hope to Slide to Victory at the World University Winter Games

Published: Wednesday, 28th January 2015

Four SRUC students will be Curling for Great Britain at the 2015 Winter Universiade (World University Winter Games) in Granada, Spain next week.

Barony SRUC Students Reach Final of Prestigious Training Award

Published: Tuesday, 20th January 2015

An engineering apprentice from Tiree and a trainee tree surgeon from Glenrothes, both students at the SRUC Barony campus, have reached the finals of the prestigious LANTRA industry training awards.

Kay Russell

Industry Recognition for PhD Student Kay Russell

Published: Wednesday, 17th December 2014

A PhD student with Scotland’s Rural College won the recent British Poultry Council Scholarship Award for her work on digestive problems in poultry.

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.

Chickens

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

Published: Wednesday, 17th December 2014

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

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.

Ross Learmonth

Aberdeen Student Ross Shows His Agribusiness Acumen

Published: Wednesday, 3rd December 2014

Ross Learmonth, a BSc (Hons) Agriculture student at the Aberdeen Campus of Scotland’s Rural College, was crowned the winner of the AgriScot Business Skills competition during the event at Ingliston.

Matthew Jamieson receives RNAS Apprenticeship Award from Jane Mitchel of Clydesdale Bank

Royal Northern Awards Success

Published: Wednesday, 3rd December 2014

While many of those honoured annually by the Royal Northern Agricultural Society (RNAS) have had long careers, SRUC is proud to be linked with younger people making their mark in north east Scotland.

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.

Aberdeen Graduates

Winter Graduation Celebrates Successful SRUC Students

Published: Wednesday, 19th November 2014

HNC and HND students from Scotland’s Rural College were celebrating success in their studies at the recent winter graduation ceremony.

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.

Diverse Career Choices for Recent SRUC Aberdeen Graduates

Published: Monday, 17th November 2014

Four recent graduates from the Aberdeen Campus of Scotland's Rural College are all moving forward with very different careers after succeeding in their studies.

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.

Student Gamekeepers

SAFE Shooting Awards for Gamekeeping Students at SRUC Elmwood

Published: Wednesday, 15th October 2014

Student gamekeepers at SRUC’s Elmwood Campus received their Safe Shot Awards following specialist coaching and assessment from the British Association of Shooting and Conservation (BASC).

Kevin Laidlaw at the Ryder Cup

Elmwood Student Enjoys Opportunity to Work at Ryder Cup

Published: Wednesday, 1st October 2014

SRUC student Kevin Laidlaw, studying HNC Golf Course Management at the Elmwood Campus in Fife, has said he has the College to thank for his recent experience working at the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles.

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.

Barony Awards 2014

Students' Success at Barony Prizegiving

Published: Wednesday, 25th June 2014

Twenty-seven awards were distributed to successful students during the annual awards ceremony at the Barony Campus of Scotland’s Rural College.

Abbie and Darren with Chef Jean Christophe Novelli

Elmwood Students Success with Seafood

Published: Wednesday, 18th June 2014

Students Abbie Clunie and Darren Spence from the Elmwood Campus of Scotland’s Rural College came second in the UK Seafood Young Chef of the year award 2014.

Gamekeeping girls

SRUC Elmwood Gamekeeping Students in New Charity Calendar – Gamekeeper Girls

Published: Wednesday, 18th June 2014

Two gamekeeping students from Scotland’s Rural College are among the ladies chosen to feature in a charity calendar in aid of the Gamekeepers Welfare Trust.

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.

Student golfers caddying at Gleneagles

Student Caddies’ Top Flight Experience

Published: Wednesday, 18th June 2014

Golf students studying at the Elmwood campus of Scotland’s Rural College recently acted as caddies for a prestigious tournament held at Gleneagles.

Gardening Scotland 2014 - Woodsman's Hut

SRUC Students Grasp Gold and Silver at Gardening Scotland!

Published: Wednesday, 4th June 2014

SRUC garden design students excelled themselves at this year’s Gardening Scotland winning a Gold, a Silver Gilt, and two Silver medals.

Sokratis Ptochos

“Highly Commended” for PhD Student Sokratis

Published: Wednesday, 4th June 2014

A presentation, made to the recent British Society of Animal Science conference in Nottingham, by second year PhD student Sokratis Ptochos of SRUC Disease Systems, won him a certificate and prize.

Gardening Scotland - Donald Ferguson Craig Morrison

High Hopes for Four Fantastic Student Gardens

Published: Thursday, 29th May 2014

A woodsman's hut, a space age dome, childhood adventures and Scottish clans; these concepts may seem unrelated but they have one thing in common.

Ross Learmonth - Pinnacle Awards

Gold for Ross at Pinnacle Awards

Published: Wednesday, 30th April 2014

Ross Learmonth, a third year BSc Agriculture student from Methlick in Aberdeenshire, took the Gold Award in the seventeenth Pinnacle Business Management awards, held in the Farmers Club in London.

Elmwood hospitality

Elmwood Hospitality on the Excellence Shortlist

Published: Wednesday, 30th April 2014

The Hospitality Department at the Elmwood Campus of Scotland’s Rural College has been shortlisted for the Catering in Scotland (CIS) Excellence in Hospitality Education Award.

Dairy Student of the Year 2014 - Andrew Taylor

Scotland’s Rural College Student from Ayrshire Takes National “Dairy Student of the Year” Title – RABDF/De Lacy Executive Award

Published: Wednesday, 2nd April 2014

Andrew Taylor, a second year student studying BSc (Hons) Agriculture at Scotland’s Rural College in Ayr has won the prestigious Dairy Student of the Year competition.

SRUC NSPCC garden designers

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

Published: Wednesday, 2nd April 2014

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

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.

Nikki Sutcliffe

Ayrshire Student to Compete for Scotland in Celtic Nations

Published: Friday, 21st March 2014

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

Lachlan Rae Young Horticulturalist of the Year 2014

Edinburgh Student Wins Young Scottish Horticulturalist of the Year

Published: Friday, 21st March 2014

Lachlan Rae, a horticulture student at Scotland’s Rural College, has won the Scottish final of the Institute of Horticulture’s Young Horticulturalist of the Year.

LANTRA winners 2014

SRUC Students take the Treble at the LANTRA Awards!

Published: Wednesday, 12th March 2014

Three students from Scotland’s Rural College took home top prizes at the LANTRA award ceremony held at the Dunblane Hydro.

Kyle Smith

A Second Silver for SRUC Students!

Published: Wednesday, 12th March 2014

Scotland’s Rural College students recently bagged a silver medal at the World Junior Curling Championships in Switzerland.

Badminton ladies doubles - Chelsea Irvine, Elissa Nicholson

Badminton Brilliance from SRUC Students!

Published: Wednesday, 12th March 2014

Two students from Scotland's Rural College, studying at the Elmwood Campus, have qualified for the Scottish Student Sport badminton ladies’ doubles Cup Final.

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.

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.

GB Curlers Muirhead Smith Waddell

Congratulations to Student Curlers – Silver at 2013 World University Winter Games

Published: Wednesday, 15th January 2014

A Great Britain’s Men’s Curling team, including three students from Scotland’s Rural College, won silver at the 2013 World University Winter Games, at Trentino in Italy in December.

Robbie Simpson Alps Run

Student Runner Robbie Feels Flat After Scaling New Heights in Europe’s Finest Mountains

Published: Wednesday, 11th December 2013

Robbie Simpson, a fourth year Countryside Management student at Scotland’s Rural College, says his successful summer season spent competing high in the Alps has improved his performances on the flat.

Joseph Williams - 2013 AgriScot Business Skills Winner

SRUC Student’s Business Skills Shone Through at Agriscot

Published: Thursday, 28th November 2013

Joseph Williams, a student at SRUC’s Ayr Campus, won the recent AgriScot Business Skills competition, impressing the judges with his critical appraisal of a new agriculture product.

Winter Wheat Challenge winners with John Rhind

Aberdeen-Based SRUC Students Win First Winter Wheat Challenge

Published: Thursday, 21st November 2013

The first Mains of Loirston Winter Wheat Challenge has been won by a team of four, first year BSc Agri students, from the Aberdeen campus of Scotland’s Rural College.

Chickens

Poultry Student Steven up for Trainee of the Year Award

Published: Thursday, 21st November 2013

SRUC student Steven McMorrine is one of three chosen finalists for the Zoetis and British poultry Council Trainee of the Year Award.

Curling

SRUC Student Curlers on the Winning Students List

Published: Wednesday, 6th November 2013

Four students at Scotland’s Rural College are amongst 165 “promising athletes” to receive funding support and academic flexibility through national sports scholarships Winning Students.

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.

April Ketting

Sustainable Environmental Management Student April gets to Parliament Final

Published: Wednesday, 23rd October 2013

April Ketting has continued a long tradition of successful association between SRUC Aberdeen and the Bright Green Partnership.

Garden Designer's Grotto, Gardening Scotland

Award Winning Gardener Barry Wins Again

Published: Wednesday, 14th August 2013

Ayr student Barry Small whose Show Garden won a Silver Gilt at Gardening Scotland returned to the Flower Show that first got him into gardening and won a Gold!

Avian House with worker

Another Award for SRUC Poultry Researcher Adekunle

Published: Wednesday, 14th August 2013

SRUC Poultry PhD student Adekunle Adebiyi, based at Auchincruive and supervised by Dr Oluyinka Olukosi, recently received the Jones-Hamilton Co. Graduate Student Travel Grant Award.

Jenna Stuart - Best in Show Designer, Gardening Scotland

Casting a spell in Silver Gilt

Published: Wednesday, 10th July 2013

After a bit of a rocky beginning Jenna Stuart and her team ended up with a fantastic Silver Gilt at this year’s RHS Hampton Court Flower Show.

Elmwood Animal Care students qualify as Marine Animal Medics

Elmwood Students Have a Whale of a Time

Published: Wednesday, 10th July 2013

A group of SRUC Animal Care students based at Elmwood Campus have recently qualified as Marine Animal Medics.

Organic Farming students at Whitmuir Organics

SRUC’s Organic Farming Students Learn from the Professionals

Published: Wednesday, 10th July 2013

Students studying for a Masters in Organic Farming recently visited Whitmuir Farm in the Borders as part of a three day study tour.

Principal Congratulates First SRUC Graduands

Published: Wednesday, 3rd July 2013

More than 180 new graduates attended the first ever Scotland’s Rural College graduation ceremony on 5th July 2013 at Bute Hall, University of Glasgow.

SRUC Barony Campus Awards Students

Published: Wednesday, 26th June 2013

The hardworking students at the Barony Campus of SRUC received certificates and trophies marking their achievements over the past academic year, during the recent annual Awards Presentations.

First Students on MSc Applied Poultry Science go the Distance to Graduation

Published: Wednesday, 26th June 2013

The first 7 students at Scotland’s Rural College studying for an MSc in Applied Poultry Science by distance learning, will be among those graduating on 5th July.

Jenna Stuart - Best in Show Designer, Gardening Scotland

Scotland’s Rural College takes Macbeth’s Witches to Hampton Court

Published: Wednesday, 19th June 2013

The Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) entry for the biggest flower show on earth is on schedule for delivery.

Uists Trip

Reinvigorating the Ridges

Published: Wednesday, 19th June 2013

You don’t have to go far in Scotland to see what look like ridges on some hill sides.

Chillilicious cook off

Chillilicious Cook Off at SRUC Elmwood Campus

Published: Wednesday, 19th June 2013

For the second year SRUC Elmwood Campus and local food company Chillilicious, have come together to challenge the hospitality students to use the company’s products in an innovative way.

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.

Cameron Law and Marcus Murray

First ever Student President and Vice President at SRUC

Published: Wednesday, 12th June 2013

Students at Scotland’s Rural College have a new Presidential team.

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.

Tresco gardens, Isle of Scilly courtesy of scillytoday.com

Gardener Callum Chosen as One of Tresco Bound Trio

Published: Wednesday, 22nd May 2013

Second year, Horticulture with Plantsmanship student Callum Halsted is to spend a year working at the famous Tresco Gardens in the Isles of Scilly.

butterflies

SRUC Experience Gets UWS Student Buzzing About Bees and Butterflies

Published: Wednesday, 8th May 2013

A work placement with SRUC’s Sustainable Ecosystems Team stimulated a new interest in Agricultural Ecology for UWS student Amy Brown.

Pinnacle Awards 2013

SRUC students finalists at the Pinnacle Awards

Published: Wednesday, 1st May 2013

Three of the eight finalists at this year’s Pinnacle Awards in London were SRUC students.

Students Jacqui and Stuart Shortlisted in National Competition

Published: Wednesday, 24th April 2013

SRUC students Jacqui Gardiner and Stuart Mitchell are among a list of 9 UK entries shortlisted for the Farmers Guardian Agricultural Student of the Year.

An all SRUC Scottish Final of Percy Thrower Trust Young Horticulturist of the Year

Published: Wednesday, 20th March 2013

All four of the finalists in this years search for the Scottish winner of the Young Horticulturalist of the Year, organised Percy Thrower Trust, came from SRUC.

SRUC Student Curlers hailed as World Champions

Published: Wednesday, 13th March 2013

A rink skipped by 2nd Year Agric student Kyle Smith won the gold medal at the World junior Curling Championships in Sochi, Russia.

Abbie Clunie

Elmwood Hospitality Student Wins Award

Published: Wednesday, 20th February 2013

SRUC Hospitality student Abbie Clunie from Pittenweem, recently won the Rotary District 1010 Young Chef Competition at Dundee College.

Robbie Simpson

Snow Problemo

Published: Wednesday, 20th February 2013

Super fit Robbie battles blizzards in running shoes to sit Degree exams.

SRUC Barony Students shortlisted for Lantra Awards

Published: Monday, 11th February 2013

Three students from SRUC’s Barony Campus near Dumfries have reached the prestigious final of the Lantra Scotland, Land-based and Aquaculture Learner of the Year Awards.

H. Knottenbelt Cow

Agri Artist Student Stages Coo at Craibstone

Published: Wednesday, 6th February 2013

Hamish Knottenbelt, a 2nd Year Agricultural Degree student has surprised everyone at Craibstone Campus, including his tutors.

Kyle Smith, Thomas Muirhead, Kyle Waddell, Cameron Smith (brother). Coach David Ramsay

Kyle Retains Scottish Curling Title

Published: Wednesday, 6th February 2013

SRUC Students Kyle Smith and Thomas Muirhead, together with team mates Kyle Waddell and Cameron Smith retained the Scottish Junior Men’s Curling Title recently in Aberdeen.

Sarah Rauch-Lynch

SRUC Student Sarah Rauch-Lynch Joins Scotland TranServe

Published: Wednesday, 30th January 2013

A fourth year Sustainable Environmental Management student has just joined Scotland TranServ which provides highways management and maintenance services in Scotland’ s north west.

Hortic awards ceremony

Matt’s an Horticultural Star

Published: Wednesday, 5th December 2012

Matthew Lowe, a 3rd year SRUC Horticulture student from North Berwick, was named Westland Star of the Future at the Recent Garden Retail Awards.

Important Support for SRUC’s Winning Curlers and Squash Players

Published: Wednesday, 31st October 2012

Yet more SRUC students have been recognised for their sporting achievements.

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