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David McKay standing in a blue shirt smiling against a forest background

From Politics to Policy

Former journalist and media adviser for the Scottish Conservative Party David McKay became interested in organic farming after growing vegetables at home. He decided he wanted to learn more about...

Vet Care Assistant Student Ceara crouching in dark blue Vet Scrubs and petting a black dog

Ceara Follows her Dreams

Having worked on a stable yard since the age of 12, Ceara Anderson wanted to study something which involved animals. She had heard about SRUC from friends who had studied Animal...

Vet Care Assistant Student Laura standing outside the Vet Surgery in Mintlaw

From Marketing to Mintlaw

  After graduating with an MA in Business Economics with Marketing from the University of Dundee, Laura Rotheray worked in various roles including ten years at Aberdeenshire Council. However, when...

Nikki McKinnel at SRUC Craibstone crouching in her vet scrubs and tartan boots to place a stethoscope on a large dog that is looking up at her

From Vehicle Spraying to Veterinary Caring

After working as a vehicle body sprayer for many years, animal lover Nikki Mckinnell took the opportunity to return to study after raising her two sons – now 11 and...

Student Ian Armstrong, part of the winning team, smiling with his sheep dog sitting in front of him and his staff behind him.

Students Pool Skills to Win UK Agricultural Competition

Five students from Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) have won a UK-wide agricultural competition after Covid-19 restrictions allowed them to enter online for the first time. The Farm Planner competition, run...

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Horticultural Practices at Home

SRUC student Kristyna Andrlova is in her first year of the Garden Design course at the Edinburgh campus. During lockdown, Kristyna has been making use of the spaces available at...

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Digging the Horticultural Practices Module

Horticulture with Plantsmanship student Anna Ciborowska shares her excitement at being able to take part in practical work as part of the Horticulture Practices module at the Royal Botanic Gardens...

Gus Routlege with SRUC alum Simon Ritchie and Michaela Strachan from Autumnwatch

Learning Through Doing

With both radio and TV appearances during his student days at SRUC’s Craibstone campus in Aberdeen, Gus Routledge was already making a name for himself before he graduated with a...

Alexander standing on a bridge

Studies Keep on Flowing

Alexander Paterson is studying for a Masters degree in Sustainable Water Environments – covering everything from marine to river environments, including mapping and conservation – after graduating with a first-class...

Student Catriona, sitting on a rock in a snowy forest

A Love of Nature Leads to a New Career Path

When Catriona Cooper turned to bird watching to help her cope with losing her beloved grandmother, she realised her skills were more suited to working outdoors than in a pub...