Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) was established in 2012 through the merger of the Scottish Agricultural College (SAC) with Barony, Elmwood and Oatridge Colleges. Through these institutions, we can trace our lineage back over 100 years.

Our vision and mission

Our vision: To be Scotland’s enterprise university at the heart of our sustainable natural economy.
 

Our mission: Creating and mobilising knowledge and talent. Partnering locally and globally to benefit Scotland’s natural economy.

Education, research, and consultancy (through SAC Consulting) at SRUC grows the natural economy. A natural economy fuelled by responsible use of the world's natural resources: people, land, energy, water, animals and plants.

By working in partnership, we focus on solving the "wicked challenges" facing the planet, including climate change, biodiversity and access to nutritious food and clean water.

By focussing on the sustainable natural economy, SRUC will strive to lead the way in delivering economic, social and environmental benefits for all, in Scotland, and beyond. 

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