SRUC graduates on course for great things
A commis chef at a Michelin-starred restaurant, a national park ranger at Hadrian’s Wall and a greenkeeper at a Ryder Cup golf course are just some of the exciting roles landed by students from SRUC.
Euan Welsh (20) from Cupar, recently started work at the world-renowned Restaurant Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles after completing his Higher National Diploma (HND) in Professional Cookery at SRUC’s Elmwood campus in Fife. peaking about working at the only restaurant in Scotland to hold two Michelin stars, Euan said: “I would not be here if it wasn’t for SRUC. It wasn’t just the skills I learned, which were really important, but it was character building and helped me develop on a personal level to give me the confidence to work in a restaurant like this.”
Meanwhile Jason Trinder, an SRUC distance learning student who has achieved a Higher National Certificate in Countryside and Environmental Management, took an unusual route into his job as a national park ranger. ow based at Northumberland National Park Authority’s new National Landscape Discovery Centre, The Sill near Hadrian’s Wall at Hexham, the 46-year-old gave up a 20-year career in IT to embrace his love of the great outdoors. He said: “The SRUC course was invaluable in giving me the theoretical knowledge behind countryside management and I wouldn’t have got the job without it. The fact it was a distance learning course allowed me to fit in volunteering work with the National Trust before I started work as a park ranger. A lot of people thought I was mad giving up a well-paid job in IT but now I’m doing what I love and I wouldn’t dream of changing it.”
Another student Adam Black, who graduated with a Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Golf Course Management, recently completed a six-month work placement at Le Golf National, near Paris – host of The Ryder Cup 2018. The 19-year-old from Forfar is now part of the greenkeeping team at Golfclub Fleesensee in Germany.
You can read more about some of our student success stories on our Alumni pages.