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Trainer Spotlight: SRUC College

Updated: Feb 20, 2023

In this week's Trainer Spotlight blog, we take a look at Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) who currently have 160 live course listings on SkillSeeder. We've been working with SRUC for quite some time now and with their diverse course offering they are the perfect choice for anyone looking to embark on a career within the rural sector. SRUC’s courses relate to ways in which we use the land and natural resources around us – from agriculture to the bio-economy, veterinary nursing, and a huge variety of exciting and relevant topics in between. Some of their latest courses include: Horse care, animal nutrition, forestry, wildlife conservation, land based engineering, lambing, and much more!

It’s not just about sitting in a classroom... At SRUC you can learn in many different ways across all six of their campuses. Alongside traditional lectures, there may be guest speakers and practical classes, and depending on your course, laboratory. You will also participate in seminars and tutorials, group presentations, projects and written assignments. Whatever course you’re studying you’ll find that study tours, field trips and real life case studies all feature.

The college was Established in 2012 through the merger of the Scottish Agricultural College (SAC) with Barony, Elmwood and Oatridge Colleges. Through these institutions, the lineage dates back over 100 years. SRUC focuses on agriculture and life sciences with their moto being ‘Anchored locally, impacting globally’. They have a variety of land-based courses from further education to postgraduate level. Depending on the course, degrees are currently awarded by either the Edinburgh or Glasgow University.

Ways of learning

SRUC has six campuses across Scotland – Aberdeen, Ayr, Barony, Elmwood, King’s Buildings and Oatridge. There are a few different learning options at SRUC which helps to make studying as flexible as possible. There is the option for distance learning, part-time or work-based study. SRUC understand that there is 'no typical student' and therefore promote adult and continuing education. If you are interested in becoming a mature student Click here to read their guide for more information.

The college also offer a ‘Change your path’ bursary, for those who are 25 or over and looking to change their career. You can apply for £1000 to help towards your studies. As well as college, undergraduate and postgraduate courses/degrees, SRUC offer a wide range of training and short courses so there is literally something to suit everyone!

A vison and mission to grow a natural sustainable economy

In today's world where the environment and sustainability is top of mind SRUC aim to create and mobilise both knowledge and talent to create a natural economy fuelled by responsible use of the world's natural resources: people, land, energy, water, animals and plants. By partnering locally and globally this helps to benefit Scotland’s natural economy through education, research, and consultancy. Take a look at their strategy to find out more.

Student support

SRUC offer various avenues of student support, from health and well-being to career and academic. They are “Committed to providing an accessible and inclusive study environment where everyone gets the support they need” and each campus has Study Support Staff who are able to discuss additional support to those who feel they would benefit from it.

The college are also able to help individuals apply for Disabled Students Allowance to help with the cost of equipment, readers, mentors and transport costs.

Interested in studying with SRUC? Want to find out more about their courses and how to apply? Visit their website for upcoming open days and current the prospectus, or browse the latest SRUC course details at SkillSeeder!

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