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First ever Student President and Vice President at SRUC

Published Wednesday, 12th June 2013 in Study at SRUC news

Cameron Law and Marcus Murray

Students at Scotland’s Rural College have a new Presidential team.

Cameron Law, from South Darkland near Elgin, now with an office at SRUC’s Craibstone Campus in Aberdeen, is the new Student President. Edinburgh-based Marcus Murray has been elected Student Vice President. He is 22 and from Crossford near Lanark.

The pair herald a new era, as this is the first year students across all six SRUC campuses have been able to vote for two representatives. President Cameron will serve on the main SRUC Board, and will be joined by another student representative to serve together on the Education Board.

Cameron (22) is just about to graduate with an honours degree in Countryside Management. He believes the skills he and Marcus have developed over their time at SRUC will help them form a dynamic team that can accurately articulate the views and needs of the students in all matters internal and external.

“I would like to congratulate Marcus on his election as vice-president. I am genuinely excited about the formation of the new SRUC student association. With the integration of six different campuses it will be truly unique, and hopefully will enhance the student experience.”

Although he is based in Aberdeen, Cameron will try to visit every campus at least twice a term. He feels it is important to engage with fellow students directly about the issues that concern them. He is considering writing a regular blog to help keep students abreast of what he and Marcus have been dealing with and any issues affecting the student body.

Already the pair have been discussing how to keep in touch with campuses from Dumfries (Barony) to Ayr (Riverside), Broxburn (Oatridge) and Edinburgh (Kings Buildings), Cupar (Elmwood) to Aberdeen (Craibstone). SRUC has 2,500 full time and 6000 part time students. The range of subject stretch from Access courses to PhDs in every conceivable land-based area, so the new team has a major task.

Marcus, who has just completed his degree in Agriculture, was an apprentice maintenance engineer before deciding to study at SRUC. He has served on previous student liaison groups and committees and stood for election because it was an opportunity for him to make a contribution during a time of change at the Rural College.

“I believe it is very important that the students’ opinions are heard at the highest level of decision making,  when changes are made that may affect the experience of those here now and in the future”, he says.” I would also like to focus on cultivating student interest in the new SRUC Students Association (SRUCSA), bring students at the various campuses closer together, improve communications and get as many involved as possible.”

Professor David McKenzie, SRUC Vice Principal Education said:

“It is important that we have student participation in every aspect of our education work and I am delighted that Cameron and Marcus will be taking an active part in developing student involvement in academic and non-academic activity during 2013/14.”

Outgoing President Sam Keir, elected before the merger of SAC with Barony, Elmwood and Oatridge is about to begin work with potato giant Albert Bartlett. He recognises only too well how difficult a one person job the Student Presidency is and wishes the new duo well. For their part the new team thanked Sam for his efforts on behalf of SRUC students.

To contact Cameron Law phone 07720 753432, cameron.law@student.sac.ac.uk. For Marcus Murray phone 07840 695600 or marcus.murray@student.sac.ac.uk.

Caption: Cameron Law (left) and Marcus Murray. The first of many video conferences.

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