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Diverse Career Choices for Recent SRUC Aberdeen Graduates

Published Monday, 17th November 2014 in Study at SRUC news

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.

Robbie Simpson, who graduated with a first class honours degree in Countryside Management in July, is now a professional hill runner based in Austria. As Robbie was racing abroad at the time of the ceremony in the summer he joined his peers at SRUC’s recent graduation which celebrated the results of HNC and HND students.

Cathy Hooper is also a graduate in Countryside Management receiving her HND during the Graduation Ceremony at Bute Hall, University of Glasgow.

Now working as a ranger on Glenlivet Estate Cathy began her studies at SRUC’s Ayr campus achieving an HNC. After spring and summer holiday jobs as a seasonal ranger on the Balmoral Estate Cathy moved to SRUC’s Aberdeen Campus, for the further year needed to complete her HND in Countryside Management.  

Cathy then considered progressing to a degree, something encouraged within the SRUC system, but having by then secured a full-time post at Glenlivet Cathy decided to put her HND to good use.

“I loved all my time at SRUC,” says Cathy. “During my time I helped monitor the red squirrels on the College Estate, took part in John Muir Award environmental trips to Durness and received an SRUC bursary to learn about upland hay meadow management in Transylvania. I would thoroughly recommend the Countryside Management course and the Aberdeen Campus.”

Angus Dowell and Fraser Thomson both graduated with HNDs in Agriculture and are now working on their family farms. Angus is based in near Arbroath and has a particular interest in potato farming while Fraser’s livestock farm is in Fife. Both boys are keen curlers; Angus is a National Curling champion and is currently competing in the European championships while Fraser is competing at regional level.

Senior Tutor Collette Coll says: “All four were great students who will be much missed. They were the kind of students who set a good example for others to look up to, something very much appreciated by staff. We wish them all the best in their future careers.”

SRUC’s Aberdeen Campus offers a number of higher education courses including agriculture, countryside management, rural business management and sustainable environmental management. For more information please visit

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