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SRUC is a unique organisation founded on world class and sector-leading research, education and consultancy.  As a Higher Education Institution, who have specialist expertise in Education and Research offering unrivalled links with industry through their Agricultural Business Consultants.

The vision for Research and Teaching in SRUC is to be a leading and go-to institution, nationally and internationally, for teaching and conducting applied research to enhance the rural economy and environment. In addition to normal expectations of teaching and research quality, expectations are that teaching and research be relevant to a problem area where there is a real end-user need. The programmes are tailored to emphasise, as the dominant theme, end-user pull whilst maintaining a strong spirit of innovation.

Further information can be found below and in the following document:

Head of Department of Rural Land Use
Professor or Reader 
£60,000 - £100,000 depending on experience/qualifications           

This post is part of the strategic development of Veterinary and Animal Science teaching, research and consultancy in our Northern Faculty.

The Northern faculty operates across 3 campuses (SRUC Aberdeen, Inverness and Cupar), working with partners to secure investment in state-of-the-art facilities for teaching, research and development within the Northern faculty. The interaction of wild and farmed livestock within the landscape will be key to meeting the often-conflicting challenges of environmental stewardship and productivity within Heterogeneous Landscapes. Farmed and wild livestock also play a central role in both the cultural and economic sustainability of communities whilst also having a strong influence of disease transfer and biosecurity.

Partnering with Opportunity North East (ONE) to develop an innovative food hub on the Aberdeen campus to drive collaboration within the sector. The aim is to support the ability of producers to target higher value production chains as opposed to commodity-based routes to market in order to promote sustainable agricultural systems.

Animal agriculture and it’s interdependencies with natural resource and environmental management are key industries for the North of Scotland. It is essential to make this and further recruitments to provide strong support for farmers, businesses and both consultants and teachers within SRUC.

The role of animal agriculture in terms of both animal and human health and welfare and the need to ensure that producers in the North of Scotland can target higher value production chains as opposed to commodity-based routes to market is key to supporting to the sustainability of agricultural production in the North of Scotland.

SRUC are keen to develop on their existing expertise in sustainable, systems based approaches to land management in arable, mixed and grassland systems, alternative plant protein sources and extensive, high-health animal production systems, connecting with research into food, meat quality, public and animal health.

Beyond this, the Department serves diverse educational and research programmes in Countryside Management, Wildlife Conservation, Golf and Greenkeeping, Agriculture, Horticulture.

We would in particular welcome candidates with a track record a relevant area research and an enthusiasm for the dissemination of knowledge through teaching and knowledge exchange to lead and develop a key Department within the organisation.

As a member of the Faculty’s Senior Management Team and leading by example, the main purpose of the Head of Department role is to contribute to the leadership of the faculty’s, and by extension, SRUC’s commitment to excellence in teaching and research and to encourage all individuals to realise their full potential.

You will provide strategic and operational leadership for the department and will be responsible for maintaining and developing the department’s reputation, both internally and externally, in research and teaching in line with SRUC strategy.

Further information is available as follows:


Professor / Reader in Food Policy
Edinburgh (flexible)
£60,000 - £100,000 depending on experience/qualifications          

Sustainable food production is at the centre of the current policy debate with consideration of climate change, animal welfare, human health and environmental management high on the policy agenda. SRUC has a long history of influencing and driving policy in the rural sector and wishes to extend this activity into innovative thinking in the area of food policy.

This appointee will join the Central Faculty to develop and lead research and knowledge exchange at a national and international level in the area of food policy and engagement, to develop new programmes in this area, and to strengthen SRUC’s contribution to shaping the debate on sustainable future food production systems.

Further information is available as follows: