SRUC exists to deliver comprehensive skills, education and business support for Scotland’s land-based industries, founded on world class and sector-leading research, education and consultancy. The integration of these three complementary ‘knowledge exchange’ services is of significant value to all with an interest in land-based activities – be they learners, businesses, communities or policy makers. It is unique in Scotland and one of the largest organisations of its kind in Europe. The impact of SRUC research was recognised in the most recent UK Research Excellence Framework assessment, where veterinary and agricultural research at the University of Edinburgh and SRUC was ranked as most powerful. Teaching and learning activities cover the range from skills-based training for apprentices through to PhD programmes. SRUC places a high priority on knowledge transfer and, for example, is in contact with around 80% of Scotland’s farmers through its consulting division.