How we stole the Royal Highland Show

Published Monday, 2nd July 2018 in About SRUC news

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Students and staff at the Royal Highland Show invited members of the public to “taste greatness” at the mobile sensory lab

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.

The lab was among the highlights of SRUC’s attendance at one of the country’s most iconic events.

Members of the public of all ages passed through the doors of the lab, which is supported and funded by the Centre of Innovation Excellence in Livestock (CIEL) and Innovate UK, sampling everything from Crombies of Edinburgh sausages and beef from ABP Food Group to ice cream from Mackie’s and berry vinegars from Castleton Farm.

The Aberdeenshire fruit farm, meanwhile, features in a short film produced by SRUC’s Rural Policy Centre, which highlights the importance of the migrant workforce to Scottish agriculture. The film, which you can read more about and view here, was very well received when it premiered at the SRUC pavilion.

As part of Scotland’s Year of Young People, the pavilion was designed to highlight the numerous opportunities available in terms of courses and apprenticeships, while also strengthening SRUC’s engagement with industry promoting the organisation’s education, research and consultancy. 

The busy schedule of talks and events over the course of the show led to SRUC staff engaging with hundreds of visitors including Ruth Davidson, Leader of the Scottish Conservatives, and Jamie Hepburn, Scotland’s Minister for Employability and Training.

Mr Hepburn met with Professor Jamie Newbold and Professor Sarah Skerratt, as well as school pupils from East Lothian, to learn about a new Foundation Apprenticeship partnership with East Lothian Council.

The Minister also enjoyed a visit to the sensory lab, as did Tavish Scott, Liberal Democrat MSP for Shetland.

Professor Wayne Powell, Principal and Chief Executive of SRUC, said: “I would like to express my sincere thanks and appreciation to all those who put in a great deal of time and effort to make our attendance at this year’s Royal Highland Show such a wonderful experience.”

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