Scotland’s Rural College – winner of the Queen’s Anniversary Prize 2017 – supports innovation and sustainable development in the rural sector. SRUC is one of the UK’s leading agriculturally-focused higher education institutions, offering a unique blend of research, education and consultancy.
Students can study at all levels – from access courses and vocational studies, through undergraduate programmes covering HNC, HND and undergraduate degree courses, to taught postgraduate programmes and PhDs.
In August 2019, SRUC announced that it is seeking degree awarding powers and university status to create a new type of University for Scotland. This new institution focussed on supporting the rural economy through research, consultancy and upskilling the current working population as well as shaping the minds of the future.
Skills Development Scotland
Skills Development Scotland (SDS) is the national skills agency providing Scotland's career services, Scottish Apprenticeships, skills planning, employability skills for individuals and employer support for workforce development.
SDS supports individuals to build their career management, work-based and employability skills, throughout their career journey, from school into further learning opportunities and employment.
SDS works with employers and employer groups on a national, sectoral, regional, local and individual basis; supporting them to recognise and articulate their current and future skills needs and to engage with the skills system to help ensure it better meets those needs in the short, medium and longer term.