Scotland’s Rural College and the University of Edinburgh have come out on top in a national league table of 'research power' in agriculture, food and veterinary sciences.

The assessment by the Research Excellence Framework looks at research ‘power’ as an overarching measure of research quality and volume. SRUC and the University have increased both the quality and size of the joint submission since the last REF in 2014, highlighting the scale and excellence of their combined research capabilities.

All 11 impact case studies submitted – eight of which involved SRUC research – were classified as ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ in terms of their impact on wider society.

Principal and chief executive, Professor Wayne Powell, said: “This outstanding result highlights SRUC’s unique position as a tertiary institution which delivers economic and social benefits relevant to both Scotland and the world.

“Our combined world-leading research, advisory service and teaching excellence enables us to address the grand challenges facing the planet – including climate change and access to nutritious food and clean water.

“We are exceptionally proud that the collective strength and depth of our agriculture, food and veterinary sciences research is reflected in the top research power ranking. The impact we are having is globally important, of the highest quality and shows that we are a force to be reckoned with."