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Former student among new SRUC Board members

Published: Friday, 8th January 2021

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

Joint venture

Joint venture into farming

Published: Monday, 12th October 2020

New entrants, current farmers and landowners can learn more about a unique way of getting into agriculture or expanding current farming practices at a free webinar with leading industry experts.

SRUC’s business model can help it play an important role in Scotland’s green economic recovery

SRUC tops UK list for SME consulting income

Published: Tuesday, 29th September 2020

Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) provides more business value to SMEs than any other higher education institution in the UK.

Isla and George French with children Joy, Felicity and George at Little Rowater Farm, Aberdeenshire. Picture: BBC

This Farming Life returns to our screens

Published: Tuesday, 18th August 2020

Colleagues from around SRUC have again been sharing their agricultural expertise with producers of This Farming Life.

Tom Karas has seen many changes during his 40 years at Barony.

Forestry lecturer takes his leaf

Published: Thursday, 30th July 2020

A popular forestry lecturer is retiring from Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) more than 40 years after being appointed to develop and deliver forestry courses.

SRUC’s Kirkton has been named a Focus Farm by the Beef Shorthorn Cattle Society

Kirkton named Beef Shorthorn Cattle Society Focus Farm

Published: Monday, 27th July 2020

Introducing Beef Shorthorn to a suckler herd at Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) has added an essential hardiness to cope with the extreme conditions at its Perthshire-based research farm.

The new report shows the value of Scotland’s natural economy

Scotland’s natural economy valued at over £29 billion per annum

Published: Thursday, 23rd July 2020

A new report has defined and detailed for the first time the value of the ‘natural economy’ to Scotland’s overall economic output, finding it represents more than a fifth of the nation’s economy.

CTLGH’s ten-year vision details its support for tropical livestock development

Tropical livestock centre publishes ten-year vision

Published: Wednesday, 22nd July 2020

A livestock genetic research organisation involving SRUC has published its ten-year vision to support tropical livestock development and the lives of people who rely on them for food and income.

The virtual Arable Scotland event drew an audience from all over the world

Thousands log in for a digital Arable Scotland

Published: Friday, 10th July 2020

The 2020 edition of Arable Scotland – Scotland’s newest field event focussing on arable crops – took place online on 2 July with huge success.

Wayne Powell says SRUC is uniquely placed to help Scotland reset and rebuild

Natural evolution for SRUC

Published: Friday, 3rd July 2020

A focus on the sustainable natural economy is at the heart of a refreshed vision and mission for Scotland's Rural College (SRUC).

Golfers enjoy getting back on to the fairways at Elmwood golf course

Golfers enjoy fair days on the fairway

Published: Thursday, 4th June 2020

Golfers swung into action at Elmwood Golf Course in Fife after Covid-19 restrictions were lifted to allow players back on to the fairway.

The great SRUC virtual country show invites entries in nine categories

Roll up for virtual country show

Published: Friday, 29th May 2020

Those missing the sights, sounds and smells of the traditional country show and the thrill of winning a rosette will soon be able to enjoy the next best thing.

Free educational resources will help those who are home schooling during the coronavirus pandemic

Educational SEFARI

Published: Wednesday, 20th May 2020

Scottish research institutes are sharing educational activities and resources for teachers, parents and learners to use during the coronavirus pandemic.

Bed sheets find new life as NHS gowns

From bed to gown

Published: Wednesday, 6th May 2020

Bed sheets from Strathfillan Wigwams, part of Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), have been given a new lease of life as gowns for district nurses in Glasgow. 

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New role for SRUC Board member

Published: Friday, 1st May 2020

Dr Kate Richards, who serves as a Non-Executive Director on the SRUC Board, has been re-elected to the Council of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. 

Ann Charles from Marie Curie collects PPE donations from SRUC

From classrooms to care homes

Published: Tuesday, 21st April 2020

Scotland’s Rural College has been donating supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE) to the NHS, care homes and charities across the country. 

Fareshare staff sort donated food items

Chicken wings its way to charities

Published: Friday, 17th April 2020

Food banks, school breakfast clubs and homeless shelters have benefitted from a massive 1.4 tonne donation of chicken from Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC).

Binny Golf Club and Scotland’s Rural College partner to operate the Oatridge Golf Course

Putting Community First

Published: Thursday, 9th April 2020

The running of the Oatridge Golf Course at the Scotland’s Rural College at Ecclesmachan, near Uphall in West Lothian, has transferred to the Binny Golf Club. 

Professor Wayne Powell to provide expert scientific advice to UK government

SRUC principal appointed to DFID group

Published: Monday, 6th April 2020

The principal of Scotland’s Rural College has been appointed to the UK’s Department for International Development’s (DFID’s) Science Advisory Group (SAG).

Professor Malcolm Mitchell retires after improving welfare of millions of animals

Livestock transport expert calls it a day

Published: Monday, 30th March 2020

One of the world’s leading experts in livestock transportation is this week retiring after 15 years at Scotland’s Rural College.

Cath Seeds has been recording virtual field trips for her students

SRUC community swings into action over coronavirus

Published: Thursday, 26th March 2020

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

SRUC is introducing changes to the way teaching is delivered in the light of the coronavirus

SRUC to suspend face-to-face group teaching

Published: Wednesday, 18th March 2020

Scotland’s Rural College is suspending face-to-face group teaching from 6pm on Friday 20 March.

Torque of the farm

Torque of the farm

Published: Wednesday, 26th February 2020

Record-breaking Scottish strongwoman Kim Best has borrowed one of her employer’s six-tonne tractors while training for her next event. 

Professor Wayne Powell speaks at the launch event for the SeedPod – the new food hub for the North East of Scotland

North East Centre of Excellence for Food and Drink Industry

Published: Monday, 20th January 2020

A food and drink development hub for the north east of Scotland has secured £10 million of capital funding from the UK and Scottish Governments.

The application of drone technology for precision agriculture and the environment

SRUC and ADAS join forces

Published: Friday, 3rd January 2020

Agri-business across the UK will enjoy greater access to the latest independent advice backed by world-leading research and innovation, thanks to a new partnership between SRUC and ADAS.

Pictured at the joint Teagasc-SRUC conference in Dublin are, from left to right, Professor Gerry Boyle, Teagasc Director;  Liam Herlihy, Teagasc Chairman; Prof Wayne Powell, SRUC Principal and CEO; and SRUC Chairman Sandy Cumming

Joint conference explores sustainable solutions

Published: Friday, 6th December 2019

A joint conference between SRUC and Teagasc is taking place in Dublin today (Friday 6 December).

Auchtertyre in the 1980s and present day

Upland research farms reach 50-year summit

Published: Monday, 11th November 2019

Scotland’s Rural College is this week celebrating the 50th anniversary of its innovative, influential and international upland research and demonstration farms.

Scotland's Rural College commended by independent quality experts

Scotland's Rural College commended by independent quality experts

Published: Friday, 6th September 2019

The UK's independent higher education quality body has commended Scotland's Rural College for its work to raise awareness of mental health issues, and the support it offers its students in this area.

James Savage, right, holds up a honeycomb while being held captive at Stalag 383

The Beekeeper of Stalag 383

Published: Tuesday, 3rd September 2019

The long forgotten story of a beekeeping Scottish prisoner of war has been unearthed by researchers at Scotland’s Rural College, writes Nick Drainey.

Simon Gibson-Poole helped young visitors take flight in the Drone Zone

Royal Highland Showstoppers

Published: Tuesday, 2nd July 2019

Scotland’s Rural College is celebrating its most successful year as an exhibitor at the Royal Highland Show.

Wilson Hall

SRUC remarkets Auchincruive

Published: Monday, 1st July 2019

Scotland’s Rural College is to remarket the east side of its Auchincruive site in Ayrshire.

The Revolution is Rural

The Revolution is Rural

Published: Monday, 17th June 2019

Scotland’s Rural College is showing that it doesn’t “follow the herd” with a new set of films designed to “dispel myths, challenge stereotypes and broaden horizons”.

Drones can be used to aid agriculture and the environment News

From drones to climate change

Published: Wednesday, 12th June 2019

From the use of drones in agriculture to the impact of what we eat on climate change, Scotland’s Rural College is tackling the latest issues at the 2019 Royal Highland Show (20-23 June).

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).

Elma Murray, Margaret Khnichich and Annette Bruton

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.

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

Sruc invests in inverness

SRUC Invests in Inverness

Published: Wednesday, 24th April 2019

Following the sale of its Drummondhill site, Scotland’s Rural College is looking to reinvest in Inverness.

Deputy First Minister John Swinney, Emma Harper MSP and Chief Executive and Principal of SRUC Professor Wayne Powell

Deputy First Minister highlights key role of SRUC

Published: Wednesday, 20th March 2019

The importance of Scotland’s Rural College to the current and future needs of the country’s economy has been highlighted at a parliamentary reception.

Women at cutting edge of agriculture

Women at cutting edge of agriculture

Published: Tuesday, 19th March 2019

It’s the spectacular home to the family of King Robert the Bruce, but Broomhall House will soon welcome women farmers looking “tae think again” about how they run their business.

Joyce Campbell, Co-chair of the Taskforce, says there is ‘untapped potential’ in Scotland’s women

‘Untapped potential’ – opportunity for developing women in agriculture

Published: Wednesday, 13th March 2019

Developing the role of women is key to the survival of Scottish agriculture, according to a Scottish Government Taskforce.

4,5 Billion

Strategic Economic Case for a Rural University

Published: Wednesday, 6th March 2019

When SRUC becomes a new rural enterprise university it could lead to a £4.5 billion boost to the Scottish economy, according to a new report.

One of the PhDs will investigate the causes of lamb loss on Highland farms and crofts

New PhD projects to tackle rural issues

Published: Thursday, 14th February 2019

Farmers are set to benefit from 18 new PhD research projects being funded by Scotland’s Rural College to address a wide range of issues within the rural sector.

Eileen Wall

New SRUC Academic Leadership

Published: Tuesday, 12th February 2019

Scotland’s Rural College has appointed a new Head of Research and a new Head of Learning and Teaching. 

SRUC Principal and Chief Executive, Professor Wayne Powell and Professor Julie Fitzpatrick, Scientific Director of the Moredun Research Institute and Chief Executive of the Moredun Foundation

Smarter about rural animal health

Published: Wednesday, 19th December 2018

SRUC and the Moredun Research Institute (MRI) have set out plans for their new strategic partnership to benefit Scotland’s livestock and farming industries.

Professor Wayne Powell Examines Cereals

SRUC Principal joins Scottish Science Advisory Council

Published: Tuesday, 11th December 2018

The Principal and Chief Executive of SRUC, Professor Wayne Powell is to join the Scottish Science Advisory Council (SSAC).

Birds and moon aligning into what looks like a hedgehog. Photo taken by Jarlath Flynn

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.

Oatridge students received CSI-style lessons in farm safety

‘CSI-style’ accident scenes teach value of farm safety

Published: Monday, 19th November 2018

Accident scenes recreated in the style of hit series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation have been helping to teach students at Oatridge the value of farm safety.

Joyce Campbell with two dogs  outdoors.

Women in agriculture make their voices heard

Published: Tuesday, 23rd October 2018

Women working in Scottish agriculture will be “making their voices heard” at this year’s autumn conference.

Poultry story

SRUC and Aviagen form strategic alliance to tackle global poultry demand

Published: Thursday, 4th October 2018

With global demand for poultry continuing to soar, SRUC has teamed up with Aviagen to increase research and promote sustainable production.

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First phase of university transformation plan announced

Published: Thursday, 20th September 2018

Proposals include new £35m facility in Dumfries & Galloway in SRUC transformation into Scotland’s new rural university by 2022.


Andy honoured with special award

Published: Tuesday, 10th July 2018

The parents of a popular member of Scotland’s Rural College staff who died suddenly last summer attended last week’s graduation ceremony to accept a special award posthumously on their son’s behalf.

Sruc at highland show

How we stole the Royal Highland Show

Published: Monday, 2nd July 2018

More than 2,200 visitors “tasted greatness” as the Scotland’s Rural College mobile sensory lab made its debut at this year’s Royal Highland Show.

Jamie hepburn with pupils

Minister meets young apprentices

Published: Monday, 2nd 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.

Sally williams

Alumni play major role at Oxford Farming Conference debate

Published: Tuesday, 19th June 2018

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


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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Welcoming the finest maltsters

Published: Tuesday, 22nd May 2018

Scotland’s Rural College hosted the Maltsters Association of Great Britain (MAGB) in Edinburgh for a two-day meeting of its Trade and Technical Committees.

grazing lambs

Graze academy

Published: Thursday, 17th May 2018

A sheep and grassland specialist from SAC Consulting, part of Scotland’s Rural College, will be one of the key speakers at a series of free events organised by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Speaker Heather Wildman, left, and June Geyer, Chair of Women in Agriculture, at the Women in Agriculture event at Battleby Conference Centre

Women in Agriculture holds successful spring event

Published: Tuesday, 15th May 2018

The Chair of Women in Agriculture has hailed the group’s “fantastic” spring event in Perthshire.

Queen’s Anniversary Prize reception

Queen’s Anniversary Prize reception

Published: Wednesday, 25th April 2018

SRUC scientists, whose world-leading research has spanned nearly half a century of study into the Langhill dairy herd, were among guests at a reception to celebrate our Queen's Anniversary Prize.

WIA spring event announced

Rural women encouraged to ‘realise ambitions’

Published: Tuesday, 24th April 2018

Women working in Scotland’s rural sector will be encouraged to “identify their potential and realise their ambitions” in Perthshire next month.

Doddie weir at match

SRUC match raises £9k for Doddie’s charity

Published: Monday, 23rd April 2018

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

Doddie Weir

Doddie’s class act

Published: Wednesday, 11th April 2018

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

Eileen Wall

Professor an excellent choice

Published: Monday, 26th March 2018

A noted professor in livestock genetics at Scotland’s Rural College has been appointed to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) Panel 2021.

Rural Scotland

Scottish rural businesses who go digital could add £2.5bn to Scotland’s economy says new report

Published: Monday, 12th March 2018

Annual business turnover in rural areas could grow by at least £1.44 billion across Scotland, with rural microbusiness and small-sized business seeing the greatest returns.

Woman in agriculture

Inspiring events for women in agriculture

Published: Wednesday, 7th March 2018

A series of free events offering inspiration and advice for women working in Scottish agriculture has been announced.

Wayne powell prince charles

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.

Prof David Hopkins, Prof Caroline Argo and Prof Nick Sparks

Deans represent ‘a new dawn’

Published: Monday, 5th February 2018

The Academic Director of Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) says the appointment of three new Faculty Deans is part of the “dawning of a new era” for the institution.

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.


‘Catalysts’ can help convert ideas into reality

Published: Wednesday, 17th January 2018

A graduation ceremony with a difference has been held at Oatridge campus, where a dozen members of SRUC staff recently completed their training to become fully-fledged entrepreneurial ‘Catalysts’.

Hugh Anderson

SRUC appoints new Director of Finance

Published: Tuesday, 19th December 2017

Scotland’s Rural College is pleased to announce the appointment of its new Director of Finance.

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The Prince’s Countryside Fund announces research into rural communities with Scotland’s Rural College

Published: Monday, 18th December 2017

The Prince’s Countryside Fund has appointed Professor Sarah Skerratt of SRUC to conduct research into the sustainability of rural communities across the UK, entitled Recharging Rural.

Rena Baillie after receiving a national award.

Rena’s a happy camper

Published: Monday, 18th December 2017

A long-serving member of staff at Scotland’s Rural College is a very happy camper after picking up a national award.

Scotland`s Rural College logo

£2m investment in SRUC Centre of Excellence for Digital Agriculture and Animal Health

Published: Monday, 11th December 2017

SRUC today confirmed plans for a £2 million investment at Inverness Campus, expanding its existing research and commercial operations.

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

An Admirable Crichtonian

Published: Tuesday, 5th December 2017

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

SRUC Dairy cows Crichton farm

Royal honour for Scotland’s Rural College

Published: Thursday, 30th November 2017

World-leading research recognised with Queen’s Anniversary Prize.

The golf teams from SRUC’s Elmwood campus

Golfers driving for Nationals

Published: Friday, 17th November 2017

Two golf teams from SRUC’s Elmwood campus are on course to qualify for the chance to compete among the best in Britain.

Entrepreneurial spark vets scheme

Unleashing our full potential

Published: Monday, 13th November 2017

As television audiences watch competition continue to heat up on The Apprentice, a new campaign has been launched to inspire staff and students at Scotland’s Rural College through entrepreneurship.

Minette Batters

Joint working key to farming’s future

Published: Wednesday, 8th November 2017

Women have an important role to play in the future of farming but it is ultimately about everyone working together to generate new ideas for the good of the industry.

Mr Sandy Cumming, CBE

SRUC announces changes to Board membership

Published: Tuesday, 1st August 2017

Scotland’s Rural College has announced a number of forthcoming changes to the membership of the SRUC Board.

Highland show 1020

SRUC Principal to sit on new Women in Agriculture taskforce

Published: Wednesday, 5th July 2017

The Principal & Chief Executive of SRUC, Professor Wayne Powell, will sit on the new Women in Agriculture taskforce announced at the Royal Highland Show by the First Minister.

Entrance to SRUC pavillion at the Royal Highland Show

SRUC at the 2017 Royal Highland Show

Published: Wednesday, 14th June 2017

The Royal Highland Show is one of the highlights of the SRUC year.

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SRUC joins list of supporters of rural charity RSABI

Published: Wednesday, 14th June 2017

SRUC has become a corporate supporter of RSABI, the Scottish charity providing practical support and financial assistance to individuals and families across agriculture and the land-based industries.

New appointments

SRUC appoints two senior directors in line with new strategic vision

Published: Wednesday, 31st May 2017

SRUC has announced the appointment of two new senior directors to key roles within the organisation.

Strategy cover

Encouraging levels of input to SRUC strategy discussions

Published: Wednesday, 17th May 2017

Principal and Chief Executive of SRUC Professor Wayne Powell has expressed his thanks to the many individuals and groups who have given their views about SRUC’s new strategy over the last month.

Wayne strategy

High level of engagement with new strategy

Published: Wednesday, 3rd May 2017

SRUC is delighted with the level of engagement from staff, students and stakeholders since the launch of the new strategy document on 19 April.

Strategy launch

SRUC launches new strategy to deliver for rural Scotland

Published: Wednesday, 19th April 2017

SRUC launches its new strategy today (19.04.17), setting out the direction it will take to better serve Scotland’s rural communities and economy.

Andrew Gellan on his bike

Pedal power rates surge as students and staff get on their bikes!

Published: Tuesday, 18th April 2017

SRUC staff have certainly taken the “get on your bike” message to heart.

Mr Sandy Cumming, CBE

New Chairman for SRUC – Sandy Cumming CBE

Published: Tuesday, 28th March 2017

SRUC has announced that Sandy Cumming CBE is to be its new Chairman.

Award being given out

Top prize at the Scottish Rural Awards sponsored by SRUC

Published: Tuesday, 28th March 2017

As a leader in the industry Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) sponsored the prestigious Lifetime Achievement accolade at the annual Scottish Rural Awards.

Professor Christine Watson, Caroline Millar and Professor Wayne Powell at SRUC’s International Women’s Day event.

SRUC celebrates International Women’s Day with talk from agribusiness leader

Published: Wednesday, 15th March 2017

SRUC celebrated International Women’s Day with a talk from Caroline Millar who shared the story of her journey to become an award winning business leader in agritourism.

The Green Smoothie Bike in action

Sustainable travel roadshow tours SRUC campuses

Published: Tuesday, 14th February 2017

In preparation for spring a sustainable travel roadshow has been touring the SRUC campuses to inspire staff and students to make their journeys more eco-friendly.

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.

Ashley Stamper and Sarah Haughey with Mike Wijnberg at the Oxford Farming Conference.

Oxford means early start for SRUC students

Published: Wednesday, 18th January 2017

For two fourth year Agriculture students, new year meant three long but rewarding days at the Oxford Farming Conference.

John Campbell

SRUC Fellow John Campbell knighted in New Year honours

Published: Wednesday, 18th January 2017

Glenrath Farms founder John Campbell – an Honorary Fellow of SRUC – was delighted to be knighted in the recent New Year honours list.

Social bite logo

Principal Wayne Powell raises over £1000 to tackle homelessness in Scotland

Published: Wednesday, 21st December 2016

Last week SRUC Principal Wayne Powell spent the night sleeping rough to raise money for the charity Social Bite as part of the charity’s CEO Sleep out.

Comms team xmas jumpers

Ho! ho! ho! Christmas wishes from the SRUC Communications team

Published: Wednesday, 21st December 2016

The SRUC Communications team decided to get into the Christmas spirit while preparing the last issue of SRUC News before the festive break.

Wayne powell

Wayne Powell joins over 200 CEO’s sleeping rough to battle homelessness

Published: Wednesday, 7th December 2016

SRUC Principal Wayne Powell and over 200 other Scottish business leaders will soon be braving the cold to take part in the Social Bite CEO Sleep out.

Edinburhg students prize giving

Video: Pudsey Bear at Edinburgh prize giving!

Published: Wednesday, 23rd November 2016

Children in Need day coincided with the prize giving for the Edinburgh campus - which saw Pudsey Bear activities take equal billing with proud students receiving their awards.

Rnas award image credit press and journal kirsten black and rachel turner

SRUC sponsors Under 35 award at Royal Northern Agricultural Society

Published: Wednesday, 9th November 2016

The driving force behind a rural education charity has won the SRUC sponsored Under 35 prize at the Royal Northern Agricultural Society awards.

Wayne Powell

Ambitions for Future of SRUC Set out by Principal and CEO

Published: Thursday, 13th October 2016

SRUC must do all it can to support Scotland’s farmers and rural economy but also make a significant contribution to tackling the global issues of food, nutrition and environmental security.

An Lòchran

SRUC is Key Tenant at New An Lòchran Hub in Inverness

Published: Wednesday, 7th September 2016

SRUC is a key tenant of a new collaborative centre in Inverness which was opened recently by Deputy First Minister John Swinney.

The SRUC Aberdeen team happy to reached the finish of the Great Glen Challenge.

Aberdeen Team Battle Rain to Complete Great Glen Challenge

Published: Wednesday, 7th September 2016

After much sweat – and lots of rain - but thankfully no blood or tears, an intrepid team from SRUC Aberdeen completed the RSABI team building ‘Great Glen Challenge’ fundraiser at the end of August.

Voices of Women in Agriculture

New SRUC Video Gives Voice to Women in Agriculture

Published: Tuesday, 19th July 2016

The communications team at SRUC has produced a new video which aims to encourage more women into the Scottish agricultural industry.

SRUC Supports Joint Statement on EU Students

Published: Wednesday, 6th July 2016

SRUC Principal and Chief Executive Professor Wayne Powell has said SRUC fully supports the recent statement on the position of EU students by Scottish Government and Universities Scotland.

SRUC CEO and Principal Janet Swadling, with SRUC Chair Pat Machray and Cabinet Secretary Fergus Ewing.

Farming Sector should Encourage more Women into the Industry

Published: Wednesday, 6th July 2016

The farming sector needs to encourage more female participation in the industry and promote the significant role of women already working in agriculture.

Joint statement: Scottish Government and Universities Scotland on the outcome of the EU referendum

Published: Monday, 4th July 2016

We welcome the contribution EU students make to our society, culture and economy.

Prof Geoff Simm

SRUC Wishes Professor Geoff Simm Well in His New Role

Published: Tuesday, 28th June 2016

Professor Geoff Simm leaves SRUC to take up a new role as Head of the University of Edinburgh’s Global Academy of Agriculture and Food Security with thanks and very best wishes for the future.

Statement from the Acting Chief Executive regarding the EU referendum

Published: Tuesday, 28th June 2016

It is clear that we may have to wait to know when negotiations on UK’s exit from the EU will begin. SRUC will monitor the situation closely and liaise with our partners over any developments.


New Student Leadership Team Elected at Scotland’s Rural College

Published: Tuesday, 21st June 2016

The new team to lead the award winning Scotland’s Rural College Students Association (SRUCSA) through 2016/17 has just been elected and take up their posts in July.

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.

Scotgrass tractor

Successful ScotGrass 2016 – SRUC Hosts Congratulated

Published: Thursday, 26th May 2016

Scotgrass 2016, which took place at SRUC’s Crichton Royal Farm, has been judged a great success, despite the difficulties agriculture and in particular the dairy and livestock sectors are facing.

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.

Wayne Powell

New Principal and Chief Executive for SRUC

Published: Wednesday, 27th April 2016

The Board of Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) is pleased to confirm that it is to appoint Professor Wayne Powell as its new Principal and Chief Executive, with effect from 1 July 2016.


Three Chimneys Pioneer Wins SRUC Sponsored Award

Published: Thursday, 7th April 2016

The SRUC sponsored Lifetime Achievement Award was recently presented at the 2016 Scottish Rural Awards to the highly esteemed Three Chimneys Restaurant on the Isle of Skye.

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Criminal Cases and Cycling Successes on Show at SRUC

Published: Thursday, 10th March 2016

SRUC celebrated International Women’s Day in style with a series of talks from some of their most inspiring staff, as well as the renowned forensic soil scientist Professor Lorna Dawson.

Pat Machray, Janet Swadling and Lord Jamie Lindsay

SRUC Launches Search for New Principal and Chief Executive

Published: Thursday, 1st October 2015

Scotland’s Rural College has begun the process to recruit a Principal and Chief Executive.

National Strategy for Land-Based Education and Training

Future of Land-based Education Directed by New Report

Published: Wednesday, 19th August 2015

Scottish colleges offering land-based education and training must engage more effectively with industry, schools and the wider community to ensure the sector’s growing employment needs are met.

Pat Machray

SRUC Appoints New Chairman and Board Members

Published: Wednesday, 29th July 2015

Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) has announced its new Chairman and the appointment of three new Board members, with effect from October this year.

SRUC and Students Association Secure 'Responsible Futures'

Published: Wednesday, 29th July 2015

Scotland’s Rural College and SRUC’s Student Association have gained recognition for their commitment to sustainability under the National Union of Students’ Responsible Futures initiative.

Past Students

Interested in the Alumni Network?

Published: Wednesday, 29th July 2015

SRUC is rebuilding its alumni network to create a global community of current students, staff and ex-staff.

"BeefMonitor" at Royal Highland Show

SRUC Celebrates Success at the 2015 Highland Show with its Popular Pie Themed Pavilion

Published: Wednesday, 1st July 2015

The Royal Highland Show is one of the most exciting dates in the agricultural calendar and this year was no exception with the SRUC pavilion positively buzzing across all four days.

Alistair Marshall with Tom Karas

Barony’s Tom Awarded for his Exceptional Contribution

Published: Wednesday, 1st July 2015

Tom Karas, a popular lecturer at the Barony campus of Scotland’s Rural College got the shock of his life when he ended up as one of the award winners at the College annual prize giving.

Some of the Interns at the Highland Show L-R: Skye Rose, James MacIver, Dean Cruickshank, Liam Marr & Scott Kyle, Brian Williams SRUC and Peter Wood, Training Manager, Ringlink Services

New Farm Internship Programme Underway - SRUC and Ringlink Delighted with Progress in First Weeks

Published: Thursday, 25th June 2015

Scotland’s Rural College and Ringlink Scotland, the UK’s largest agricultural business co-operative, are delighted with the progress of their latest group of farming interns.

SRUC/University of Edinburgh Discussions

Published: Wednesday, 24th June 2015

After significant consideration, SRUC and the University of Edinburgh have agreed to build on their existing strong relationship and to continue to work closely as independent institutions.

SRUC Welcomes Scottish Agriculture Discussion Document

Published: Friday, 19th June 2015

SRUC has welcomed the launch today (19 June 2015) of the Scottish Government’s discussion document about the future of Scottish agriculture.

Royal Highland Show

SRUC Plans a Packed Highland Show

Published: Wednesday, 17th June 2015

The Royal Highland Show is one of the most exciting dates on the agricultural calendar.

UHI New Campus

SRUC Welcomes New Inverness Campus – Open for Business

Published: Wednesday, 20th May 2015

SRUC researchers and staff from SAC Consulting will be early tenants of a new Inverness campus, bringing together businesses, research and educational organisations from across the Highlands.

Kate Richards

SRUC Board Member Joins Council of Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons

Published: Wednesday, 6th May 2015

Kate Richards, who serves on the Scotland’s Rural College Board and the Board of SAC Commercial has been elected to the Council of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.

Nigel Miller at 2014 SRUC Graduation

SRUC Appoints Nigel Miller as New Board Member

Published: Wednesday, 8th April 2015

Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) is delighted to have appointed respected farming industry figure Nigel Miller to the Boards of SRUC and SAC Commercial Ltd.

Mike Wijnberg, SAC Consulting Managing Director

New SAC Consulting Managing Director Appointed

Published: Wednesday, 11th March 2015

The Board of SAC Consulting, part of Scotland’s Rural College, has confirmed the appointment of Mike Wijnberg as the business’ new Managing Director.

Technical Notes

SRUC Technical Notes Catalogue Extended and Revised

Published: Wednesday, 4th March 2015

The catalogue of SRUC’s short, practical field guides has been extended and revised with a number of additions to the list available on the SRUC website.

Campuses Map

SRUC Signals Commitment to Regional Delivery of Services

Published: Wednesday, 19th November 2014

Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) has signalled its commitment to the regional delivery of its services by announcing a number of priorities for investment across Scotland.

Highland farming

Upcoming Public Lectures Focus on Wildlife Biodiversity and Sustainable Farming

Published: Tuesday, 21st October 2014

Balancing biodiversity and climate change with the need to feed our growing population is a key focus of much of the research at Scotland’s Rural College.

Lord Jamie Lindsay, Professor Ian Boyd and Janet Swadling

SRUC Enjoying “the Most Exciting Period in its History”

Published: Wednesday, 15th October 2014

Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) is enjoying one of the most exciting periods in its 100 year history, Chairman Lord Jamie Lindsay has said.

SRUC Core values logo, RISE

Scotland’s Rural College Launches New Shared Values

Published: Wednesday, 1st October 2014

SRUC has launched a new set of shared organisational values which have been developed in consultation with staff.

students chatting

Crichton Institute asks Young People in Dumfries and Galloway to look to the Future

Published: Wednesday, 10th September 2014

Young people are vital to the future of Scotland’s rural areas: they bring ideas, energy, enthusiasm and skills.

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.

Graduation 2014

SRUC Graduation Ceremony 2014

Published: Tuesday, 15th July 2014

More than 160 graduands attended the Scotland’s Rural College graduation ceremony on 11 July 2014 at Bute Hall, University of Glasgow.

Nigel Miller Graduation 2014

SRUC Honorary Fellowship Awarded to Nigel Miller, President NFUS

Published: Tuesday, 15th July 2014

Nigel Miller, President of NFU Scotland, has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship of Scotland’s Rural College.

Lutz Bunger Graduation 2014

SRUC Growth Genetics Expert Dr Lutz Bunger Becomes a Professor

Published: Tuesday, 15th July 2014

Dr Lutz Bunger, was conferred as Professor of Growth Genetics at SRUC’s Graduation ceremony in Bute Hall, University of Glasgow on 11 July 2014.

Simon Turner Graducation 2014

Recognition for SRUC Expert on Animal Behaviour and Aggressiveness – A Readership for Dr Simon Turner

Published: Tuesday, 15th July 2014

Dr Simon Turner, an internationally recognised expert on aggressiveness in farm animals was awarded a Readership by Scotland’s Rural College.

Gavin Hill Graduation 2014

Gavin Hill Receives SRUC Award for Contributions to Scotland’s Beef and Sheep Industries

Published: Tuesday, 15th July 2014

Gavin Hill, Assistant Regional Manager for SAC Consulting, is the latest recipient of the RC Stewart Prize.

Lou Ralph Graduation 2014

Aberdeen Lecturer Lou Voted Tops by SRUC Students – Teaching Excellence Award at Craibstone Campus

Published: Tuesday, 15th July 2014

Lecturer Dr Lou Ralph was nominated for an Excellence in Teaching Award by students from Scotland’s Rural College in Aberdeen.

Strathfillan wigwams

SRUC Strathfillan Wigwams Celebrate 20 Years - Kirkton Hill Farm Diversification Near Crianlarich Going Strong

Published: Tuesday, 15th July 2014

What began twenty years ago with two small, bothy-style wooden tents in a hill-farm field outside Crianlarich in Strathfillan has grown into a business welcoming over 22,000 guests a year.

Patrick Hughes, Jonathan Cowens and David Lamb

New Board Set to Strengthen SAC Consulting

Published: Wednesday, 9th July 2014

Scotland’s Rural College has announced new developments in relation to its consultancy division, SAC Consulting.

RHS 2014

SRUC Interactive at the Highland Show

Published: Wednesday, 25th June 2014

Interactivity, high tech farming, Trolley the Sheep and chocolate all played their part in a busy and successful Royal Highland Show for Scotland’s Rural College.

RHS Pavillion entrance

SRUC Showcases Smart Farming at the Highland Show

Published: Wednesday, 18th June 2014

The displays have been printed, the staff rota is complete, and the pavilion stands ready, awaiting the thousands of visitors who will pour through the doors over the next few days.

Chocolate cherry truffle

New Chocolate Trail to be Launched at this year’s Highland Show

Published: Wednesday, 18th June 2014

Cabinet Secretary for Food Richard Lochhead will launch Scotland’s Chocolate Trail at the Royal Highland Show on Friday.

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).

Maitland Mackie

Published: Sunday, 1st June 2014

Joint statement by SRUC Chairman Lord Jamie Lindsay and Acting Chief Executive Janet Swadling.

SRUC and University of Edinburgh

SRUC and University of Edinburgh Explore Closer Alignment – A Vote of Confidence in the Future of Scotland’s Agriculture

Published: Friday, 21st March 2014

Scotland’s Rural College and the University of Edinburgh have announced they are exploring a closer degree of collaboration - a move with the potential to create an influential force in agriculture.

Edinburgh Campus, Kings Buildings

Professor Bob Webb Steps Down as SRUC Principal & Chief Executive

Published: Thursday, 28th November 2013

Professor Bob Webb is to step down this month as SRUC’s Principal and Chief Executive, over one year since the successful merger of Barony, Elmwood, Oatridge and Scottish Agricultural College.

Children in Need 2013

SRUC as One(sies) About Children in Need

Published: Thursday, 21st November 2013

Staff and students have fun for Children in Need.

Annual Dinner 2013

More Work to do as SRUC Enters 2nd Year, says Principal

Published: Tuesday, 15th October 2013

Staff of Scotland’s Rural College must be congratulated on a successful first year.

First birthday Ayr

Happy 1st Birthday to Scotland’s Rural College!

Published: Wednesday, 2nd October 2013

Tuesday 1 October marked SRUC’s first birthday after Scotland’s land-based colleges came together in a historic merger last year.

Tourism meeting at Elmwood campus

First Meeting of New SRUC Tourism Department

Published: Wednesday, 11th September 2013

The Elmwood Campus Golf Course recently hosted the inaugural meeting of the Sports and Tourism Department of Scotland’s Rural College.

Professor Bob Webb, SRUC Chief Executive & Principal

SRUC Welcomes UK ‘Agri-Tech’ Strategy

Published: Wednesday, 24th July 2013

SRUC’s Principal and Chief Executive has welcomed this week’s launch of the UK Agricultural Technologies Strategy.

Waitrose visit

Waitrose Wowed by SRUC

Published: Wednesday, 24th July 2013

A group from the Waitrose Farming Partnership ambled up north this week to visit Scotland’s Rural College.

SRUC Celebrates Success!

Published: Wednesday, 10th July 2013

On a softly shimmering July day, in the elegant confines of Glasgow University’s Bute Hall, over a thousand happy souls sat; joy mingled with anxiety which bumped up against sheer unadulterated relief

It’s Awards Season at SRUC

Published: Wednesday, 10th July 2013

The first Honorary Fellowship of Scotland’s Rural College was one of several awards given to many deserving people on a glorious graduation day in July.

Farming futures

Scotland’s Rural College Joins Centre of Excellence for UK Farming

Published: Wednesday, 3rd July 2013

SRUC has become a partner in the Centre of Excellence for UK Farming (CEUKF), an agri-food supply-chains alliance to help UK farming address production and sustainability challenges.

Dutch Geneticist with Edinburgh Connections Conferred as SRUC Visiting Professor

Published: Wednesday, 3rd July 2013

SRUC conferred Professor Roel Veerkamp as Visiting Professor in Numerical Genetics during SRUC’s graduation ceremony in Bute Hall, University of Glasgow on Friday 5th July.

All Smiles at the Highland Show!

Published: Wednesday, 26th June 2013

With a new name, a revamped pavilion and (mainly) sunny weather, it was odds on this year’s Royal Highland Show would be a success, and it certainly was.

Drew Easton receives award from Sandy Inverarity CBE

Barony Engineer Drew Wins Top SRUC Award for Business Development

Published: Wednesday, 26th June 2013

Well respected agricultural engineer, Drew Easton, Head of Engineering at the Barony campus of Scotland’s Rural College, has been presented with the 2013 Inverarity Award.

SRUC Appoints New Board Members

Published: Wednesday, 26th June 2013

Scotland’s Rural College has appointed four new Board members.

Come See SRUC at the Science Festival

Published: Wednesday, 27th March 2013

As Easter draws closer, many parents may be wondering how they will entertain their little ones over the holidays.

Genevieve races

Genevieve’s World Cyclo-cross Success

Published: Wednesday, 27th February 2013

SRUC’s own Genevieve Whitson finished in the top thirty at the recent cyclo-cross World Championships in Kentucky.

Climate fair poster

SRUC’s First Climate Fair

Published: Wednesday, 27th February 2013

Learn, network, “bee” inspired and have fun – that’s the theme of SRUC’s Climate Fair.

cyclocross, genevieve, world cup

Wheeling all over the World

Published: Wednesday, 9th January 2013

While many SRUC staff members and students were no doubt over-indulging over the festive holiday. Genevieve Whitson, PA to Finance and Corporate Affairs Director, was competing in three world cyclo-cross (CX) events in Belgium.

Prof Bob Webb DSc

Professor Webb a "Doctor of Science"

Published: Wednesday, 12th December 2012

SRUC Chief Executive and Principal Professor Bob Webb has added “Doctor of Science” to his list of qualifications.

SRUC winner of AgriScot, Sara Sands

SRUC Student is first female winner of AgriScot Business Skills Award

Published: Wednesday, 28th November 2012

Aberdeen-based SRUC student Sara Sands recently won the Business Skills award at AgriScot 2012. Not only is she the first woman ever to do so, she is also the only woman to ever make it to a final.

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.

Children in Need

SRUC's fundraising antics for Children in Need

Published: Wednesday, 28th November 2012

Once again Children in Need has swept in and out of our lives and pockets and once again SRUC staff have laid aside their dignity in favour of raising money for this inspiring charity.

Working Lunch

Published: Wednesday, 14th November 2012

SRUC’s senior staff enjoyed an informal lunch meeting with student representatives at King’s Buildings in Edinburgh.

Green Gown 2012

Double Success for SRUC as GreenCow wins a Green Gown

Published: Wednesday, 7th November 2012

SRUC (Scotland’s Rural College) has triumphed in two categories at the Green Gown Awards 2012.

Long Service

Long Service Recognised

Published: Wednesday, 7th November 2012

SRUC Chief Executive and Principal Professor Bob Webb recently recognised the long service of five members of staff based in Edinburgh.

Boghall field winter wheat

Winter Wheat Challenge on the Ground – Weather in SRUC Organised Competition Already Having an Effect

Published: Wednesday, 31st October 2012

With planting complete the first Mains of Loirston Winter Wheat Challenge, organised by SRUC (Scotland’s Rural College) is underway.

Greskine visit

SRUC’s Riverside Students Share Barony Forestry Expertise

Published: Wednesday, 31st October 2012

A group of third year Countryside Management Students from SRUC’s Riverside campus in Ayr visited the Forestry Commission site at Greskine (west of Moffat).

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.

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.

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.

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.

Elmwood Sports Student Receives Leadership Award

Published: Wednesday, 24th October 2012

A HNC Sports Coaching student from the Elmwood Campus of SRUC (Scotland’s Rural College) has been awarded a Rotary Youth Leadership Award.

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.

Green keeping

Come to Fife for the best golf ‘courses’ in the world!

Published: Wednesday, 24th October 2012

Scotland may be the home of golf, but Fife is the home of golf education, something it is now being recognised for worldwide.

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.

Lord Jamie Lindsay announcing the bursary

SRUC Launches ‘Going Further’ Bursary

Published: Wednesday, 10th October 2012

SRUC has celebrated its launch with the creation a new £10,000 bursary that will give students the chance to progress on to further study.

Mike Russell MSP Lord Jamie Lindsay Chairman

Food for Thought at SRUC Launch

Published: Wednesday, 10th October 2012

Quality ingredients are vital to every menu, whether a menu of services or the contents of a celebratory banquet, but both were highlighted at the inaugural SRUC Dinner.

Drew Easton talks about Soil Compaction

Barony Event Delivers for Dairy Farmers

Published: Wednesday, 10th October 2012

Local dairy farmers turned out in force for the specialist Dairy Event held at the Barony Campus by Scotland’s Rural College, SRUC.

Scottish parliament

SRUC Warning over CAP to Scottish Parliament Cross Party Group

Published: Wednesday, 10th October 2012

Scotland may struggle to meet its environmental targets if CAP reform is delayed further.

Sutton and Hunter halls

Sizzling Summer at Craibstone

Published: Wednesday, 10th October 2012

We may not have had the greatest farming weather this summer, but business at the Halls of Residence on SRUC’s Aberdeen Campus certainly hotted up this year!

Education Secretary Mike Russell, Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead and SRUC Chairman Lord Jamie Lindsay joined by SRUC students

SRUC Launch Strengthens Support for Agriculture and Rural Sector

Published: Tuesday, 2nd October 2012

Four leading land-based colleges officially merged on 1 October 2012.

SRUC launch - Kings Buildings Campus

Launching SRUC - A Piece of Cake

Published: Tuesday, 2nd October 2012

Merging four colleges is no easy task and there is bound to be the odd hitch along the way, but the local campus events marking the start of Scotland’s Rural College, were a piece of cake, or six.

SRUC Dinner Menu

SRUC Offers Food for Thought at Inaugural Dinner

Published: Tuesday, 2nd October 2012

SRUC’s contribution to Scotland’s food and drink sector will be emphasised at the Inaugural Dinner being held in Murrayfield on Thursday 4th October.

Mike Russell snaps

A Secretary Snaps!

Published: Tuesday, 2nd October 2012

It’s not every day you see a government minister behind the camera, then again, it’s not every day you see students up not long after sunrise.

Go Further with SRUC: Scotland’s Rural College Announces a New Bursary to Celebrate its Launch

Published: Tuesday, 2nd October 2012

SRUC is celebrating its launch with the creation a new £10,000 bursary that will give students the chance to progress on to further study.

SAC Bowlers Polish Technique

Published: Monday, 3rd September 2012

Staff at SAC’s Edinburgh campus are cranking up their social/sports activities for another term, this time at King Buildings Jewel Miners Club for lawn bowls.

Green Gown Awards 2012

Seconds Away…Round Two

Published: Monday, 20th August 2012

The annual Green Gown Awards are the Olympics of sustainability best practise within the further and higher education sectors.

SAC Launches New Website

Published: Wednesday, 1st August 2012

SAC’s new website has been launched today, Wednesday 1 August 2012.

A Welcome to Wildlife At Crichton

Published: Monday, 30th July 2012

SAC and RSPB Scotland have announced an official partnership aimed at making SAC’s Crichton Royal Dairy Research Farm in Dumfries an exemplar for wildlife-friendly dairy farming.

SAC Statement On Dr Sarah Skerratt’s Appointment to Land Reform Review Group

Published: Tuesday, 24th July 2012

In response to today’s Scottish Government announcement that Dr Sarah Skerratt as been appointed Vice-chair of the Land Reform Review Group, SAC Chief Executive and Principal Professor Bob Webb said:

Kirkton Farm: flood waters pouring through the yard

The Kirkton Flood

Published: Monday, 23rd July 2012

As the SAC staff based there constantly remind us, it can be very wet at Kirkton. However, Thursday last week was really wet and I mean really wet!

SAC Chief Executive and Principal Congratulates Graduands

Published: Friday, 6th July 2012

SAC Chief Executive and Principal Professor Bob Webb has congratulated the 177 graduands who attended this year’s SAC’s graduation ceremony on Friday 6 July.

Scientific Advisor to the EU Receives SAC Honorary Fellowship

Published: Friday, 6th July 2012

Professor Anne Glover, Chief scientific Adviser to the president of the European Commission has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship of SAC.

Top Prize For SAC’s Fiona Burnett

Published: Friday, 6th July 2012

Dr Fiona Burnett, who leads the Applied Practice Team of SAC’s Crop and Soil Systems Group, has received the 2012 RC Stewart Prize for effort and excellence in outreach activities.

Land-based Colleges Welcome Education Secretary’s Parliamentary Statement of Support

Published: Thursday, 28th June 2012

This news has been released on behalf of the four colleges - Barony, Elmwood, Oatridge and SAC.

Highland Show is Out of This World

Published: Monday, 25th June 2012

This year’s Royal Highland Show at Ingliston may have been wet and muddy but this did not dampen the enthusiasm of the several hundred visitors who passed through SAC’s Show Pavilion.

New SRUC Shadow Board Appointed to Progress College Merger

Published: Monday, 11th June 2012

A special meeting of members of the SAC Board and Board representatives of Oatridge, Elmwood and Barony Colleges has now agreed the composition of the SRUC Shadow Board.

Craibstone Reunion after 50 Years

Published: Monday, 11th June 2012

SAC Craibstone recently played host to 13 former students from the North of Scotland Agricultural College celebrating 50 years since their graduation.

Gold and Silver Gilt for SAC Students at Gardening Scotland

Published: Friday, 1st June 2012

Both Show Gardens designed and built by SAC students have won medals at Gardening Scotland, the country’s premier Horticultural Festival.

Horn of Plenty Gardeners Win Silver Gilt at Gardening Scotland

Published: Friday, 1st June 2012

The SAC students who collected a Silver Gilt Medal at Gardening Scotland for the Cornucopia “Horn of Plenty” design are delighted.

Olympic Roller coaster For SAC Staff and Students

Published: Wednesday, 30th May 2012

SAC students and staff have an added interest in this year’s Olympics and Paralympics. Three colleagues are directly involved in one way or another, but it has proved a roller coaster for them.

Meanwhile at Ingliston - Gardening Scotland Entries Readied

Published: Tuesday, 29th May 2012

After Chelsea comes Gardening Scotland on the Royal Highland Showground at Ingliston.

Westminster Minister Visits SAC

Published: Tuesday, 29th May 2012

Lord Taylor of Holbeach, the Parliamentary Under Secretary at DEFRA, recently visited SAC to see at first hand the research being carried out with DEFRA funding.

Colleges Announce Their Decision to Merge

Published: Tuesday, 29th May 2012

The Boards of Barony, Elmwood and Oatridge Colleges and SAC have today announced their formal agreement to merge.

Westminster Minister Learns from Borders Monitor Farm

Published: Monday, 28th May 2012

When Borders farmer Alistair Hodge volunteered to put his farm in the spotlight he realised he was opening up his business to his peers.

Tailored policies needed now for rural Scotland, argues new SAC report

Published: Sunday, 27th May 2012

National policies must be better tailored and localised for supporting rural Scotland, argues a new SAC Rural Policy Centre report.

SAC Very Proud As Garden Design Students win Chelsea Medal

Published: Tuesday, 22nd May 2012

SAC Principal and Chief Executive Professor Bob Webb has congratulated the 6 SAC HND Garden Design Students who have just been awarded a RHS Silver-Gilt Medal at the Chelsea Flower Show.

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.

Death of Former Auchincruive Deputy Principal

Published: Thursday, 17th May 2012

SAC was saddened by the death of Dr David Martin, former Deputy Principal of the West of Scotland Agricultural College.

Land-based College Merger Consultation Closes

Published: Wednesday, 9th May 2012

The public consultation for the merger of Scotland’s four leading land-based colleges has officially closed.

One Week To Go Before Land-based College Merger Consultation Closes

Published: Wednesday, 2nd May 2012

There are just a few days to go before the public consultation for the merger of Scotland’s four leading land-based colleges officially closes.

Merger Consultation is Underway

Published: Monday, 26th March 2012

Scotland’s four leading colleges for the land-based industries have launched a public and stakeholder consultation seeking input into their proposal to merge.

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