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Jennifer Cadger is a lecturer in Rural Business Management for Year 1 students at SRUC in Edinburgh. Cultivate caught up with her to find out more about her role and what advice she has for those joining the Rural Business Management course.

Jennifer CadgerHow long have you lectured in Rural Business Management at SRUC?

Not long, I joined the RBM core team in September 2017.

What made you decide to become a lecturer?

Having worked in Marketing for several years in various roles I felt I was experienced (old?!) enough to encourage the next generation of students to develop their marketing and business knowledge. I also enjoy the autonomy and diversity of the role – a combination that I think is difficult to find.

How would you describe the Rural Business Management course?

Not your regular business management course! Students have access to a huge network of rural businesses which helps with sourcing examples for studies, placements, jobs after graduation and builds a wealth of practical/applied knowledge.

What makes it different to a normal Business course?

The small class sizes and ‘open-door’ environment. Students can engage in discussion and debate without feeling overwhelmed. They can develop stronger friendships with their peers and be part of a ‘community’. Staff genuinely want to encourage and help students so pop into the office and ask questions!

What do you enjoy doing outside of SRUC?

Spending time with my family (I’ve got two young children, aged 4 and 9). I’ve also just started a postgraduate qualification in Tertiary and Higher Education, which is keeping me busy outside of work.

What do you like best about working at SRUC?

Every day is a school day for me at SRUC. I’m fairly naïve to the rural and agriculture sector (despite my step grandfather running his own pig farm that I did visit a few times when I was little!

Have there been any particular highlights e.g. study trips you’ve been on, stand out lectures, meeting new people, etc.

I’ve met some inspiring and innovative individuals at SRUC – hearing about their research, journeys or businesses is very motivational. A few of the student antics I see/hear about have been amusing too but I won’t disclose which ones…

What you’re looking forward to doing in your role over the next 6 months?

Embracing change. There’s a huge amount of change on the horizon at SRUC, both at a strategic and tactical level. The momentum is building on all fronts and I think that will make for an interesting (and busy!) working environment over the next 6 months and beyond.

Words of wisdom to those on your course and to those thinking about joining the course.

Take every opportunity available to you at SRUC because you will always benefit from it – whether that’s knowledge, contacts for the future or having fun with fellow students. There’s plenty going on, make sure you get involved!


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