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£100k research project to explore agricultural policy impacts on island communities

SRUC has been awarded a £100k research grant to gather the views of island communities in Orkney, Shetland and the Outer Hebrides on the forthcoming agricultural and land use policy changes.…

  • SRUC
  • 09/01/2024
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Entrepreneurial Spirit: Powering Scotland’s rural economy through innovation

SRUC’s mission is to foster a campus environment where entrepreneurial skills are not only taught but also become deeply integrated into the fabric of rural enterprise.…

  • Wayne Powell
  • 13/11/2023
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Scotland Praised by the OECD in a new report on rural innovation

A new report by The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) praising the innovation of rural Scotland was launched this week.…

  • Ian Merrell
  • 29/09/2023
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Equality, Opportunity, Community: What does it mean for Scotland’s rural communities?

If the First Minister is to achieve his ambition of delivering a wellbeing economy which is ‘fair, green and growing’, policies need to deliver for rural and island Scotland as much as they do for urban Scotland. Read more from our Rural Policy Centre's response to the Scottish Government's Programme for Government 2023-24 here.…

  • Rural Policy Centre
  • 06/09/2023
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The Entrepreneurial Campus

Scotland’s Chief Entrepreneur Mark Logan and co-author of the Entrepreneurial Campus Blueprint Report Ross Tuffee met Wayne Powell, Carol Langston, Teresa Shutter and Susannah Bolton to discuss The Entrepreneurial Campus report commissioned by the Scottish Government and launched by the First Minister in June.…

  • Susannah Bolton
  • 02/08/2023
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Lost in translation? Insights from an international approach to rural issues at ESRS 2023

Dr Ana Vuin, a Research Fellow with the Rural Policy Centre, shares her experience of attending The European Society for Rural Sociology’s biennial congress in July 2023.…

  • Ana Vuin
  • 27/07/2023
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Rural Enterprise Hubs: creating a home for business and communities

Supporting Scotland’s rural and island communities in ways that make financial sense while also benefitting those living and working locally requires a thought-out approach and careful planning. That’s where Rural Enterprise Hubs can come into their own. …

  • Ian Merrell
  • 21/07/2023
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Zero carbon production ‘moon shot’ in reach for Scotland’s livestock farmers

A recent call on social media from former Defra adviser and rewilding advocate Ben Goldsmith for sheep to be removed from national parks and other marginal landscapes across the UK has led to a stepping-up of the debate over the future of ruminant livestock in our food supply chain.…

  • Wayne Powell
  • 27/04/2023
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Sharing a Canadian perspective on the 2023 Rural Housing Conference in Birnam, Perthshire

"Rurality is defined by community, and in the post-COVID era, community is no longer defined just by those in your immediate vicinity. By embracing and discovering new partnerships, rural spaces can only become more sustainable and resilient for years to come."…

  • Blake Glassford
  • 28/03/2023
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UK Government must rethink support for rural people living in poverty, say experts in new book

The needs of the poorest and most vulnerable people living in the countryside are overlooked and underserved by UK Government policy in comparison with those in urban areas, say academics in a new book.…

  • SRUC
  • 14/03/2023
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Agriculture Bill provides just transition opportunity, but only if we embrace innovation

I see opportunity, particularly for rapid growth in our natural economy – but only if we take steps to act quickly, decisively and with ambition.…

  • Prof Wayne Powell, Principal and CEO, SRUC
  • 13/12/2022
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Breathing life back into Scotland’s neglected crofts

SAC Consulting, part of SRUC, has recognised that legislation surrounding crofting is presenting barriers to succession planning and the team has been helping individuals to better understand their options, to maximise the potential of their croft and to support the next generation get a foot hold in the industry.…

  • SRUC
  • 05/12/2022
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