Barony Campus 2013-14 Student Newsletters

by Barony Student Newsletter Group (2013 - 2014)

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October 2013, Issue 7.

Welcome to the Award Winning SRUC Barony Campus Student Newsletter.

SRUC LogoWelcome to our November 2013 newsletter release. Even though we have been on holiday for two weeks of October, we wanted to share what we have been up to at Barony Campus during the month.

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Our next student newsletter release will be on the 29th of November.

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At the start of our first term, we were given the opportunity to take part in David Livingstone day! None of us knew what that was (or indeed, who David Livingstone is/was)

It turns out he is a rather famous chap, a Scotsman who explored Africa, carrying out missionary work, medical improvements  and bringing education to the  African continent,  among other  things. He was born in Blantyre in South Lanarkshire in 1873 and this year there were many events across Scotland in celebration of him and his achievements,  marking the 200th anniversary of his birth.

One of these events was to take place at one of our sister campuses in Dumfries, the Crichton Royal Farm, a dairy research facility and centre for excellence in the industry.  400 plus school children from primary schools across the region were attending  this event and they were there to look at some comparisons between education and agriculture in Scotland and the Southern African country of Malawi.

Our job was to build a “khola”! Nope! We had no idea what it was either! Our agriculture instructor at Barony Campus, Craig, had obviously done his homework though, and provided us with some pictures by way of explanation, it turned out to be a African style cowshed! It was to be a central attraction for the day and Craig was keen that we made it as close to the real thing as we could using materials scavenged from the surrounding countryside, just as they have to do in Malawi!

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We were assisted in this by Tom Karas (forestry lecturer) and his forestry students who supplied us with some lengths of wood, mainly small diameter branches which they peeled the bark from. This made them look very authentic. We decided to try to hold it all together with string as nails were not commonly used and as luck would have it, a roll of sisal string was found in the farm workshop, this added to the rustic look of our khola! We found some old tin sheets and used them for the roof, this would have made it a shed to envy in Malawi as they mainly thatch them, most  spare tin is used to build the farmhouse!

The results of our efforts are in the pictures and we were pleased to hear that the event organiser, Mizek, who is from Malawi,  thought is was more like the real thing, than the real thing!

By: NC Agriculture

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On Friday 13th September, HNC and HND Animal Care had their graduation alongside all other HNC and HND students at the Cairndale Hotel in Dumfries. Everyone was so excited to be all dressed up and have our robes on! Pictures were taken individually between 4 and 6.30pm. Once everyone had their photos taken we were all seated and the ceremony began.
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Above, HNC Animal Care 2012-13 Graduate Students
Parents, families and friends were welcome and got to enjoy watching their loved ones receive their certificates. After the ceremony, champagne was available to students and families.
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Above, Barony Campus 2012-13 Graduate Students
The whole experience was amazing and I'm sure everyone will agree, it was great to experience it with our friends and families as well as our lecturers. Roll on the next one, woohoo Sealed
By: Michelle Milligan (HND Animal Care)

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Through the many donations to watch the barony boys bare the pain of leg waxing, NC animal care have managed to raise £128 for cancer research UK and the Make A Wish foundation. We would like to thank all who participated in the event and congratulate all the winners of the raffle prizes.

NC animal care will be having events in the near future and hopefully they will be as successful if not more as this one was...we will cover these events within future student newsletter releases Wink

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By: Charlie Osborne (NC Animal Care)


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Beginning of my FE to HE Journey

I started my journey with SRUC when I applied to do my National Certificate in Agriculture in 2012 at the Barony Campus. As I am not from a farming background and did not have any higher’s I was sceptical as to whether or not I would be accepted, but I was determined to give it a try! I had left school in 2010 and moved up to the Isle of Muck and spent a year on the farm (which has 600 sheep and approximately 50 luing cattle), it didn't take me long to start looking at what I could do to get into the Agriculture industry.

Why Barony Campus

Barony appealed to me mainly because I wanted more varied practical experience in different agricultural enterprises and the farm at Barony has: dairy, sheep, deer and some arable; so it ticked pretty much all the boxes as far as diversification is concerned.

The course itself consisted of half a day spent in the classroom and the other half spent on the farm doing general jobs such as de-budding calves, sorting sheep, dosing cattle, bedding stock and ploughing. We also got the opportunity to dress tups for sale, train and show dairy heifers and take part in the Hartbush monitor farm.

For me these experiences were invaluable because they were things I would never normally get the chance to do and had never done before so I really enjoyed giving them a go. The theoretical side of the course covered all aspects of agriculture at a basic level and you were continuously assessed by: small short answer exams, reports, on-line activities using Moodle and practical identification tests; this made it easier to successfully progress through the course as you are using what you do in the practical’s to back up what you learn in the classroom.

The Progression

After my year at Barony, I decided to go on to do the 4 year degree course at the Edinburgh SRUC campus. I chose to move to Edinburgh because I knew that I wanted to get a degree and although current the highest level Barony offers goes to Higher National Certificate (HNC) level. The application has to go through the dreaded UCAS, but after that it was really easy to organise and everything gets processed very quickly.

The degree course takes you through Higher National Certificate (HNC), Higher National Diploma (HND) and then 2 years at degree level. It is theory based but you do go on a lot of trips and visits to base your reports on. So far I am really enjoying it, although I do miss having the farm at Barony Campus on my doorstep to use as a resource as well as a place to have a laugh and pick up advice, knowledge and tips from the farm staff.

Possible Pathways

I’m glad I applied to Barony before going into a degree course because it has given me a good grounding that I wouldn't have got otherwise, especially as I don't have a farm in the family. After I finish my degree, I currently do not have any fixed plans; I hope to go travelling for a year and then see what happens! I am thinking of going into nutrition or management but that could all change as I go through the course.

You Won't Know Unless You Go

For anyone unsure if they should start a course with SRUC, my advice would be to go the open days, look around, ask questions, think about what industry you want to go into and where you want it to take you - and then just go for it! You will never know unless you apply! Wink

By: Hannah Haig (NC Agriculture 2012-13)

As an experienced student at The Barony Campus I feel I would have a lot to offer within this position. This can be seen by my great creativity and the ability to come up with good ideas as well as my good sense of humour.

Having been a Barony student and then an SRUC student I have been part of the on-going process of change within the campus and I believe I have a good sense of knowledge when it comes to what is going on.

All the changes are very exciting within the new organisation and I would like to be able to take the student voice forward and represent each student to a local and more widespread audience.

As an experienced student I feel I have the required skills of approachability, calmness and strength to take any issue to its natural conclusion.

My belief in the strength of The Barony Campus needs to be communicated to the rest of the SRUC. I believe this is paramount and I wish this to be throughout the organisation for all students.

I would like to see a higher level of interaction between all of the campuses within SRUC. For example, intercampus football, netball or rugby tournaments if it can be accommodated. I feel departments from different campuses getting together for a common goal would also be a good idea.

I am pleased to have been nominated and wish to thank all who recognised me as the Barony Campus Officer and I hope I can fulfill the position to a high standard.

By: Marie Reid (HND Animal Care)

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The HND Animal Care class had done a fundraising event to raise money for their end of the year trip. The fundraiser was that they would have to spend 12 hours in the animal care centre kennels and they did 7pm to 7am on Tuesday the 8th of October but the HND class was not alone as the Barony Campus lecturer Lindsey Ferguson.

There has not been a tally of the money raised yet, as soon as there is we will let you know within November's student newsletter.


 By: Darren McMillan (HND Animal Care)

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