Land colleges to share expertise

A new partnership has been formed between the Scottish Agricultural College (SAC) and Barony, Elmwood and Oatridge colleges.

The partnership, launched by Scottish education secretary Michael Russell, will make SAC research and expertise available to the other land-based colleges with opportunities arising to progress more smoothly from certificate-level courses to degree-level courses and PhDs.

Russell said: "This is a landmark day for all four colleges. The approach will enable each college to bring its own individual strengths to the table, to the benefit of the whole land-based sector."

Independent chairman of the project's steering group Andy Robb said: "This project builds on existing partnerships and will deliver a fully-integrated approach to tertiary education for the land-based sector."

The full working model of the agreement will be revealed at the end of June, following collaboration between the four colleges.

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