Arran COAST welcome SRUC Ayr students

Countryside Management students from the Riverside Campus in Ayr, recently travelled across the water to meet the Arran COAST team. As part of their Marine Environments: Management and Protection module, the students made the trip to explore the islands marine community and the local drive for marine protection.

Marcus Craigie, Lecturer said: “The trip was a great opportunity for students to witness real life projects currently making major strides in marine protection, not only in Arran but across Scotland. As part of the course we are exceptionally lucky to be able to take teaching and learning out of the classroom and connect with relevant industries and organisations, strengthening both the experience and employability of our students”.

Natalie Crowe 2nd year Countryside Management student said: “The visit to COAST was relevant to the course and really interesting; it enhanced my understanding of marine environments especially being in situ”

As part of the trip students experienced first-hand the work that Arran COAST are involved with, visiting their new visitor centre and identifying species in the rehabilitation tank, and of course enjoying the spectacular scenery on offer.

Second year student, Lewis Hampson was enthused “Our class were given a talk by one of the staff there about the various activities the charity are responsible for, the work they do is amazing and so important for the marine environment and local economy… It gave me an insight into the kind of careers my course might lead to in the future”.

Thanks to Arran COAST for hosting SRUC for the day and demonstrating the inspirational work that many of our students go onto support in their future careers. Countryside Management is currently taught at our Aberdeen, Ayr, Oatridge and Barony Campuses.  We are currently offering a £1000 bursary for those aged 25+ applying before August 31st, terms and conditions apply. Find out more about our courses www.sruc.ac.uk/countrysidemanagement

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