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SRUC Students Impress Industry Leaders

Published Wednesday, 11th March 2015 in Study at SRUC news

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

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.

CARAS, or the Council for Awards of Royal Agricultural Societies, has a membership drawn from leaders in the agricultural and land based sectors. The Scottish Fellows and Associates administer a CARAS Trust fund used to help young people progress in their chosen fields. SRUC students have often featured in the CARAS awards and this year three of the four recipients were from Scotland’s Rural College.

Declan Brown (19) from Barony with Ewan Lambie (18) and Ruairidh MacKininnon (19) of Oatridge joined Mary Bowman to receive their awards and cheques.

Earlier Keith Redpath, one of the judges, without giving away secrets, had told a CARAS meeting how impressed the judges had been with the standard of young people coming forward.

“We were looking for individuals able to demonstrate innovation, skills and determination within the sector,” he said.

“We were really encouraged by the people before us and found choosing the final group very difficult. They are a credit to their chosen industries.”

SRUC Assistant Principal of Further Education, David James congratulated the students:

“It is remarkable that three of four CARAS award winners came from SRUC.”

One or more of those winning a CARAS award are invited to the Annual Meeting of Fellows and Associates where they explain what the award has meant to them and their future careers. The latest speaker came from Stirling University, next year SRUC?

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