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From Falconry to Farming

Banffshire student Anna-Louise Fraser graduates from SRUC

Banffshire student Anna-Louise Fraser has graduated from Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) after a change of direction saw her studying Agriculture.

When the 30-year-old from Keith left school, her love of the outdoors and animals led to a job working with birds of prey at the North East Falconry Centre in Aberdeen.

Ten years later, she decided if she wanted to continue working with animals she needed to learn more about the countryside and applied to study Agriculture at SRUC.

“SRUC offers a wide range of courses which relate to the aspects I wanted to expand on, which is why it seemed to be the right decision for me,” she said. “I chose Agriculture because it covers a wide range of subjects including business, nutrition, livestock and arable.”

Anna-Louise Fraser


Despite not coming from an agricultural background, and suffering from anxiety and a bout of depression during her studies, Anna-Louise managed to complete the three-year course, graduating with distinction. She was also named joint winner of the SRUC prize for best third year student in Agriculture.

“All of the staff were extremely supportive and no matter when I knocked on their doors they always helped as much as possible,” she said. “There were three members of staff who particularly guided me through and without their help I believe I would have quit halfway through my third year, which would have been such a waste and also devastating.”

Looking to the future, Anna-Louise is hoping to travel to New Zealand and Australia to visit her brother and find work, before returning to Scotland to pursue a new career in the agricultural sector.

For more information about studying at SRUC visit the website.

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