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.

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Name and history

The creation of Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) took place in 2012 by merging SAC (the Scottish Agricultural College) with three respected partners (Barony, Elmwood and Oatridge Colleges).

But of course our roots go back a lot further than that.

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SRUC in numbers

  • 6 campuses, 8 farms, 25 consulting offices, 8 veterinary practices, 6 research centres

  • 1,300 staff across the UK

  • 5000 students, paving the way for the future of tomorrow's agricultural sector

Our Mission

SRUC is on a journey to become Scotland’s enterprise university at the heart of our sustainable natural economy.

Our vision and global aims

Our mission is to create and mobilise knowledge and talent – partnering locally and globally to benefit Scotland’s natural economy.

To achieve this, we draw upon SRUC’s longstanding strengths in world-class and sector-leading research, learning and teaching, skills and training and consultancy (through SAC Consulting).

A natural economy is fuelled by responsible use of our natural resources: people, land, energy, water, animals and plants. It is an interlinked, shared, living system that creates opportunities and prosperity. It is multi-scale, dynamic and resilient through creative management and mindful custodianship.

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.


Our values

SRUC’s shared values were created by staff to shape the way we behave within the organisation and to describe how we deliver our services to customers and stakeholders.

Our shared values are summed up by an acronym, so we may RISE to our values:


We pledge to respect everyone’s contributions.


We thrive to innovate for success.


We always support each other.


We aspire to excel in everything we do.

These values were identified by employees as those they felt were most important to cultivate in the organisation. They reflect our ethos and underpin an environment that inspires and supports all employees to give their best and feel proud to work for SRUC.

With these values we hope to bring people together and ensure they feel part of one big team here at SRUC. A team which works effectively together, and looks forward confidently to a successful future.

You can download our full statement to find out more about our values and what they mean to us.

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