SRUC Oatridge Campus

(Oatridge College; Oatridge Agricultural College)

Part of the Scotland's Rural College, the SRUC Oatridge Campus is set on a 283-ha (700-acre) estate to the west of Ecclesmachan in West Lothian, which includes a commercial farm and golf course. Oatridge Agricultural College was founded by a consortium of seven local authorities in 1966 and land which comprised Oatridge, Hangingside and East Broadlaw Farms was purchased by West Lothian District Council on behalf of this consortium. The College buildings were constructed on a hillside overlooking Ecclesmachan and opened by HRH the Duke of Edinburgh on 2nd July 1974, although teaching had begun in temporary accommodation in 1969. The College expanded through the 1970s and 80s, with the building of student accommodation, a refectory and workshops. Since 2007, the College has hosted the Scottish National Equestrian Centre, a state of the art venue for equestrian sports under the patronage of HRH The Princess Royal. Through merger with Barony College, Elmwood College and the Scottish Agricultural College, it became part of SRUC in 2012.

The Oatridge Campus offers a range of courses to around 4500 students per annum. These include full-time and short courses in topics including activity tourism, agriculture, animal care, countryside management, equine studies, farriery, forgework, greenkeeping, horticulture, land-based engineering and landscaping. The 9-hole parkland Oatridge Golf Course was opened in 2000 by Bernard Gallacher (b.1949), and the College also provides a Dog Grooming Salon.

Student accommodation now extends to seven residences with more than 200 rooms; the Tay, Clyde and Forth residences provide study-bedrooms with catering provided, intended for students under the age of eighteen, while the Lorne, Solway, Moray and Cromarty blocks provide 84 en-suite rooms on a self-catering basis that are divided into 16 self-contained flats. Facilities for conferences and other events are also available; the Arran Room (up to 80 delegates) and the Pentland Suite (100 delegates), with break-out rooms adjacent and integrated audio-visual equipment.

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