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NFU Scotland Encourages Members to Join Webinar to Discuss Future Plans of SRUC’s Craibstone Campus

NFU Scotland is encouraging its Members from across Scotland to take part in a webinar on Thursday 14 January to discuss proposed future plans of SRUC’s Craibstone Campus in Aberdeenshire.

The site, which has been providing an important resource for agriculture students for over a century, is being outlined for a potential expansion project and SRUC are looking for as much input to their project plan as possible at this early stage.  The project proposals include expanding teaching facilities focussed on veterinary skills in rural areas, new halls of residence, space for research laboratories, an allied veterinary practices to support education, as well as exploring opportunities to support the local community and economy.

NFU Scotland has arranged the webinar to ensure that farmers and crofters from across the country have the opportunity to contribute their views and ideas on future plans for the site and ensure the contribution it makes to educating the Scottish agricultural sector is enhanced for all to benefit from.

The webinar will take place on Thursday 14 January, 6.45pm to 8.15pm, via Zoom.  The panel will include representatives from both SRUC and NFU Scotland.

Andrew Connon, NE Regional Chair said; “It is important that Members from all across Scotland interact and participate in this session, as Craibstone is an iconic campus which has welcomed students from across the entire country in previous years. We would see the aspirations and plans for Craibstone, if enacted fully and practically, ensuring that future generations of students invest their time and educational careers within this location going forward. We must get it right, though, and the farmers’ voices need to be heard next Thursday night.”

NFU Scotland President, Andrew McCornick, who will chair the event, added; “I would encourage all of our Members to actively participate in this event, and ensure you play a part in shaping the future plans for Craibstone. This campus requires investment and we look forward to helping SRUC ensure that practical decisions are made for the benefit of our fantastic Scottish Agricultural Industry. I am looking forward to welcoming all our highly knowledgeable panellists to the virtual stage next week, in what is sure to be a very interesting discussion.”  

Notes to editors:

The panellists for the webinar are as follows:

  • Professor Wayne Powell - Principal and Chief Executive of SRUC
  • Caroline Argo – Dean of North Faculty, SRUC
  • Charlie Adam- NFU Scotland Vice-President
  • Andrew Connon – NFU Scotland North East Regional Chair 
  • Hazel Kennedy – Farmer and former student at Craibstone

All NFU Scotland members across Scotland are most welcome to join using this Zoom link is : https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81994844532?pwd=REpIMXpKV2hyVitzaWZPc0R6MTU1UT09

Passcode: 703954

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Contact Diana McGowan on 07920 018619

Author: Diana McGowan

Date Published:

News Article No.: 01/21


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