Published Saturday, 20th June 2015 in Study at SRUC news
SRUC’s Oatridge Campus was delighted to welcome 22 American University students during the month of June as it opened its doors for its popular summer schools in Equine studies and in Ecology.
This is the fourth year that Oatridge has hosted summer schools with students this year coming from across the USA, including University of Missouri, Colorado State University, University of Arkansas and University of Findlay in Ohio.
Both summer schools had an action packed schedule and provided the students with credits towards their degrees.
Sydney Nichols took part in the Equine summer school and is studying at Missouri State University commented:
“I knew that the summer school was going to be a great experience but it has surpassed my expectations. From the canteen staff to the lecturers, everyone has been incredibly helpful and friendly and the course has been challenging but at the same time achievable. By the end of the course I will have accrued six credit hours from the classes here, which is quite a lot for four weeks. They will be transferred over and go into my transcript towards my studies in the States”
The equine summer school included classes on riding and stable management, anatomy and physiology of the horse, and equine fitness. Their stay culminated in a visit to the Royal Highland Show, along with the Ecology students, to see amongst many events Scotland’s award winning horses and ponies.
The Ecology summer school focussed on practical work such as habitat management, bird ringing and flora and fauna identification in both the local West Lothian area and further afield. The group learned how Scotland manages and preserves its unique landscapes and biodiversity through many visits including to Loch Leven RSPB Reserve, Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park, the Scottish Wildlife Trust and Beecraigs Country Park.
The study of horses and their management at SRUC Oatridge Campus is a specialist subject. The Campus is home to the Scottish National Equestrian Centre (SNEC) and has excellent facilities which include a recently built stable to house 30 horses, an older stable that houses around 14 horses and some of the best riding grounds in the country.
SRUC runs Environment and Countryside course from access to degree level, all of which blend theory with best practice.
SRUC offers a range of land-based courses at different levels, from access courses through up to degrees and postgraduate studies, across six campuses. A number of our subject areas offer progression routes right through these levels of study.
For more information on courses available at SRUC’s Oatridge Campus visit the Oatridge Campus website.
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