As Chief Executive and Principal of SRUC, I would like to extend a very warm welcome to you as you begin your studies. This is a very exciting time, as Scotland’s four leading land-based colleges – Barony, Elmwood, Oatridge and SAC – join together to embark on a unique initiative that has not been seen in Scotland before.
We are merging to become SRUC – a new organisation providing land-based education from access level to PhD, integrated with world-class research and extensive consultancy services helping rural businesses.
Our ambition is to become Scotland’s first rural university college. We are working towards an SRUC launch date of 1st October. Students will be kept updated on progress but if you have any questions at the moment, a member of staff will be happy to answer them.
It is you, our students, who are central to the success and future of SRUC. We want you to be closely involved in its development. The four colleges’ Students Associations will be working together to ensure your voices help shape SRUC. They will establish a single student association, which will be represented on the Board. It will also maximise student involvement and create a collective student body through representation and social activities.
Importantly, being part of something bigger will not be at the expense of the learning experience. Feedback tells us that, at every campus, our students value the friendliness of staff, the support provided and the strong sense of community. We are certainly committed to maintaining this very positive and supportive environment and I hope this gives you the reassurance, which comes from being part of a close-knit learning environment at each of our SRUC campuses.
As an SRUC student, you will also benefit from the opportunities offered by a large teaching, research and sector-active institution dedicated to helping you reach your potential. I want to encourage you to make full use of all the facilities that are on offer to you, not just for your studies but also for your sporting and social activities.
You are the next generation upon whose skills the future of the land-based industries depends. During your time with us, you will learn and develop these skills and the high calibre of SRUC’s teaching will be reflected in your talents.
I wish you every success as you embark on your studies
Professor Bob Webb