Barony Campus Prize Students Take Plaudits Annual Ceremony

Hardworking students have been presented with certificates and prizes at the annual awards ceremony at the Barony Campus of Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) in front of an audience of friends and family.


More than 30 prizes were awarded to students who made particular achievements, progress or contribution to their course, with prize winners nominated by tutors from each department.


The ceremony was opened by Alistair Marshall, Vice Chairman of the SRUC Board, before Professor Dave Roberts outlined recent events at SRUC and thanked the sponsors for their generosity.


Prof Roberts said: “I would like to congratulate all of you here today for your hard work and effort throughout your studies. Many of you will already be working, some will have decided to return to further training, and others may still be considering what career path to follow. I am sure the industry experience and the practical skills you have gained from Barony will stand you in very good stead for the future. I wish each and every one of you an exciting and rewarding future career.”


Julie Parker, Senior Tutor, gave an overview of campus activity over the year and introduced guest speaker – Major General James Cowan CEO of the HALO Trust – the world’s largest humanitarian mine clearance organisation.


Before presenting the students with their prizes and certificates, Major General Cowan outlined the six values of the HALO Trust – courage, discipline, integrity, respect for others, loyalty and selfless commitment – which he hoped would be a useful guide to the students as they set out on life.


The Barony prize winners were:

Carrs Billington Award – Most improved student in Agriculture – Dylan Little

Novartis Award – Best practical student in Agriculture – Lewis Cameron

Kilco International Dairy Trophy – Best dairy student – Katie Jackson

Alisdair Clark Memorial Award – Best stockperson – Scott McLellan

Ishbel Cup & College Quaich – Top student in Agriculture – Morgan Reynolds

Smith Trophy – Best trainee in Agriculture – Mitchell Young

Richard Keenan Cup – Top student in HNC Agriculture – Andrew McMillan

Watson Prize – Best practical Animal Care student – Mark Robertson

Animal Care Shield & College Quaich – Top student in Animal Care – Malcolm Haddow

Bard Cup – Best practical Animal Nursing Assistant student – Bryony Charlesworth-Martin

Bard Award & College Quaich – Top Animal Nursing Assistant student – Heather Duncan

Scottish Oils Shield – Top NC Land-based Engineering: An Introduction student – Andrew Neill

CLAAS Prize – NC Engineering – The student contributing most to the course – Hope Elletson

Terry O’Neill Trophy – Most promising Engineering trainee – Hope Elletson

Rickerby Prize – Best practical Engineering student – Ross Graham

BAGMA Shield & College Quaich – Top student in Engineering – Glen Montgomery

Robert Beamish Memorial Shield – The student who put the most in to the Certificate in Forestry course – Adrianna Quail

Handtool Tom Award – The student who works best with handtools – Jonathan Sloan

Crown Estates Cup – The best chainsaw student – Calum Spalding

Forestry Contracting Association Prize – Hardest working practical student – Shaun Rafferty

Yerburgh Trophy & College Quaich – Top student in Forestry – Keiran Durham

Developing the Young Workforce Forestry Student of the Year Award – Hayden Gilks

Rural Skills Quaich – The student who contributed most to the course – Craig Wood

Barony Campus Inspiration Award – Gabriella-Lavinia Woolley

Barony Campus Sports & Social Club Award – Abby Fraser

Developing the Young Workforce/Chamber of Commerce SRUC Entrepreneur Aspire Award – Laura Hanby

SQA Campus Award – Hope Elletson


Closing remarks were given by Professor Wayne Powell, SRUC Principal and Chief Executive, followed by a vote of thanks by Adam Wardrop, Programme Leader for Agriculture.