Deputy First Minister highlights key role of SRUC

Published: 20 March 2019

The importance of Scotland’s Rural College to the current and future needs of the country’s economy has been highlighted at a parliamentary reception.

John Swinney, Deputy First Minister for Scotland and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, was the keynote speaker at the Holyrood event hosted by Emma Harper MSP on behalf of SRUC.

Sruc Deputy First Minister

Deputy First Minister John Swinney, Emma Harper MSP and Chief Executive
and Principal of SRUC Professor Wayne Powell

“We want our young people, who are the future of our rural communities, to stay and flourish in those communities, equipped with the skills and confidence they need to access high quality educational and employment opportunities.

“SRUC is a lead provider of learning and teaching in rural skills and qualifications, and an important contributor to research in support of the rural economy. Alongside other strategic partners and employers, they are ideally placed to be involved in actions to strengthen knowledge around rural skills gaps and to support scientific advances to meet the current and future needs of Scotland’s rural economy.”

John Swinney, Deputy First Minister for Scotland and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills

SRUC is in the process of becoming a new rural enterprise university – a move that could lead to a £4.5 billion boost to the Scottish economy according to a report published by BiGGAR Economics earlier this month.

“This would not just be another university, not just ‘number 19’ in a prestigious list, but a unique and valuable addition to the Scottish landscape with a clear contribution to make.

“A rural university offers a global outlook for Scotland but is connected to the local rural landscape, helping translate and transfer knowledge into practice that benefits the domestic economy. It helps to stimulate productivity and economic growth through developing skills, harnessing innovation and encouraging enterprise.”

Professor Wayne Powell, Chief Executive and Principal of SRUC

The college’s progressive research, teaching and industrial partnerships were brought to life at the event which was attended by a range of educational and rural enterprise organisations.

Guests were able to sample food and drinks products produced by businesses supported by SRUC, view interactive soil exhibits demonstrating the impact on agricultural yield, and hear first-hand from students who have changed their career paths to study at the college.

The event also highlighted partnerships between SRUC, the Moredun Research Institute and James Hutton Institute.


Source: SRUC



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