Twenty-seven awards were distributed to successful students during the annual awards ceremony at the Barony Campus of Scotland’s Rural College.
Having been nominated by their tutors, they received their certificates and prizes in front of a large audience of friends, family, staff and invited guests.
Alistair Marshall, Vice Chairman of the SRUC Board, welcomed everyone to the ceremony and introduced Vice Principal for Education Professor David McKenzie who spoke about the success of recent external reviews of SRUC’s education and teaching. He said:
“It has been a very busy and challenging year for us at SRUC, but one that has resulted in us moving forward with new developments and consolidating the work we have done in the past. This is not only reflected in the highest possible rating of our education provision but also the outcomes achieved by our students, as illustrated by today’s awards ceremony."
Guest speaker Dr Dave Roberts, SRUC’s Head of Dairy Research, highlighted the advantages of practical, hands-on training and experience. After congratulating the students, he then proceeded to present the prizes and certificates to acknowledge the considerable achievements of the students.
Among those collecting prizes were Susan Dempster from Thornhill, Dumfriesshire, who was awarded the Ishbel Cup as the top student in Agriculture. Susan, whose father was once a farm worker, does not come from a farm but it is obviously in her blood. She has secured a job on a farm in Auldgirth and plans to continue next year on the HNC Agriculture Course with a view to progressing to the HND.
The top student in engineering and winner of the BAGMA Shield was Tim Morgan from nearby Beattock. He had studied fish farming at Barony some years ago but, with an interest in machinery, he decided on a career change and registered for a National Certificate in Agricultural Engineering.
“The Barony course was well laid out,” says Tim. “The theory in the classroom ran at the same time as doing practicals in the workshop, and covered a wide range of skills, which I have now built on.”
Tim gained work experience at local company Clark Engineering where he now has a job working on machines and repairing and servicing hydraulic rams.
Closing the ceremony Drew Easton, Senior Tutor and Dean of Barony Campus, said:
“We have had a good year on Campus with a large number of our students going into jobs or deciding to continue with their studies. This prizegiving event is all about students and their achievements, and I hope we have given you a good foundation to develop your career from.”
Commenting on the long list of awards, he remarked:
“At Barony we have always had very good links with the industry and I would like to thank all the industry partners who have very generously donated awards and prizes to this year’s event”.
Complete Prize List
- Carrs Billington Award - Most improved student in Agriculture, William Blanche;
- Novartis Award - The best practical student in Agriculture, Fraser Kennedy;
- Kilco International Dairy Trophy - The best dairy student, Cameron McGregor;
- The Alisdair Clark Memorial Award - The best Stockperson prize, Claire Milroy;
- Robbie Weir Memorial Quaich - William Blanche;
- The Smith Trophy - The best trainee in Agriculture, Rory Pringle;
- Ishbel Cup and College Quaich - The top student in Agriculture, Susan Dempster;
- The Watson Award - The best practical Animal Care student, Josh Fleming;
- College Quaich -The top student in Animal Care, Lauren Brown;
- College Quaich - The top Animal Nursing Assistant student, Helen Anderson;
- The Scottish Oils Shield - The top student in Introduction to Service Engineering, Ben Hyslop;
- CLAAS Prize -The student contributing most to the course, David Mitchell;
- CLAAS Prize -The best performing student in Claas ND Year 1 – Connor Saunders
- The Terry O’Neill Trophy - The most promising Engineering trainee, Andrew Fairfull;
- The Rickerby Prize - The best practical Engineering student, Morgan Kirk;
- The BAGMA Shield and College Quaich - The top student in Engineering, Tim Morgan;
- The Harkness Shield - The student contributing most to the Horse Care course, Amy Wilson;
- BHS Trophy -The student most likely to continue in the industry, Kaitlin McMillan;
- The Buckaroo Biz Award and College Quaich - The top student in Horse Care, Laura Gillan;
- Robert Beamish Memorial Shield - The student who put the most into the Countryside and Environment course, Scott Smith;
- Forestry Contracting Association Prize - Hardest working practical student – David Hickman;
- RFS Silky Fox Handsaws Award – The student demonstrating excellence in practical Forestry – Andrew Senior;
- Yerburgh Trophy and College Quaich - The top student in Forestry – Euan Borthwick;
- College Quaich – The top student in Go Green – Jamie McClelland;
- Hope Service Shield – The student most ready for employment – Ruaridh MacLeod;
- Barony Campus (Snowball) Citizenship Award – Marie Reid
- Barony Campus Inspiration Award – Amy Morkel
Photo Caption (L-R): Back – Claire Milroy, Ben Hyslop, Fraser Kennedy, William Blanche, Susan Dempster, Josh Fleming, Lauren Brown. Front – Amy Morkel, Tim Morgan, Marie Reid, David McKenzie, Drew Easton, Alistair Marshall, Amy Wilson, Cameron McGregor.