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Hanna Rennie – talking our language

Hanna RennieAfter graduating with a degree in languages, Hanna Rennie decided she wanted to do something that would make a difference in the world.

She came across SRUC’s Countryside Management programme while searching for suitable courses, and applied to study for an HNC at its Oatridge campus.

“I decided I wanted to do something that would make a difference by protecting our environment and mitigating climate change,” she said. “I applied to Oatridge in particular because the campus is suited to this kind of course. You have got a working farm, all the outdoor space and a lot of different habitats.”

Fast forward two years and the 27-year-old from Stirling, who has continued onto the HND course, is a finalist in Lantra’s Awards for Land-based and Aquaculture Skills (ALBAS).

“I came onto the course slightly behind my classmates in terms of my experience in volunteering and my knowledge of Countryside Management,” she said. “I have been working as hard as I can to bring myself up to that level so for it to be recognised with a nomination has been a huge boost to my confidence.”

She has enjoyed the variety of the course, with the opportunity to undertake practical work and interact with professionals in the industry.

“I’m going to finish my HND in June and then I will hopefully find a job or a placement that will give me some working experience,” she said. “I also have plans to do a Masters.”


SRUC’s Countryside Management programmes have been re-titled Wildlife and Conservation Management and courses are offered at all levels from NC, through HNC and HND, undergraduate degree and postgraduate PgDip and MSc.

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