Published Wednesday, 3rd July 2013 in Study at SRUC news
More than 180 new graduates attended the first ever Scotland’s Rural College graduation ceremony on 5th July 2013 at Bute Hall, University of Glasgow.
As they took to the stage to receive their awards, they were applauded by a further 900 friends, family and academic staff.
In his address to the graduands, Professor Webb wished them well for the future, saying: “You will be presented with new opportunities and challenges during which you will undergo the anxiety of confronting difficulties, and experience the joy of your achievements. All of this will take place in a challenging world in which we all have to adapt continually to new circumstances. This is particularly the case in our sector with the global food security and climate change challenges. However it is my sincere belief that your time at Scotland’s Rural College will have equipped you with the knowledge and skills to prosper in this rapidly changing world. You are among the brightest of your generation and I very much hope you realise your potential to the full and have happy and fulfilling lives.”
The graduation ceremony is the first to take place since SRUC was formed by the merger of SAC with Barony, Elmwood and Oatridge Colleges. In his address, Professor Webb reminded guests that SRUC evolved from organisations with over 100 years of tradition and innovation in the rural sector. He thanked SRUC’s staff for putting students first during the recent period of change and praised the student body for its work in developing a single SRUC Students Association. Professor Webb also acknowledged the Scottish Government’s support throughout the merger period.
Reflecting on key success during the last 12 months, Professor Webb highlighted SRUC’s research, which during the year won awards from a range of funders totalling £16 million and which is benefiting from the growing numbers of research and postgraduate students choosing SRUC.
The quality of SAC Consulting’s advisory and veterinary activities also received praise. Examples cited by the Principal included the delivery of the Scottish Government’s Veterinary Surveillance scheme and its ‘New Entrants to Farming’ programme; a new service to help farmers reduce their energy costs; and the continued growth of the Food Marketing team’s support of Scotland’s food and drink businesses.
During the ceremony, Ian Galloway, Chairman and Chief Executive of the J W Galloway group was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of SRUC.
Seven SRUC researchers received Personal Professorships: Mike Coffey; Tony Edwards; Bryan Griffiths; Mike Hutchings; Davy McCracken; Bob Rees; and Christine Watson. Four others received Readerships: Ian Bingham; Mizeck Chagunda; Rick D’Eath and Raphael Mrode. A Visiting Professorship was awarded to Professor Roel Veerkamp of Wageningnen University.
SAC Consulting’s Donald Archie MacLellan received the R C Stewart Prize for Consultancy and John Elcock received the Principal’s Award for Lifetime Achievement in Teaching.
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