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Call for female students to share stories

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FEMALE agriculture students are being encouraged to take part in a national survey.

The researchers want to hear the views and experiences of past and present students across Scotland.

The survey has been launched by the Scottish Government and facilitated by James Hutton Institute.
It is the third stage of a Scottish Government-funded research project focusing on women in agriculture.
The project seeks to build a picture of women who work in agriculture across Scotland, and to provide recommendations to the Scottish Government for policy interventions. The latest questionnaire was launched on Monday and focuses particularly on the experiences and perspectives of agriculture students, past and present, who may or may not be living on farms, crofts or smallholdings.
It is open to any women who are currently studying or have previously studied agriculture and related courses (including agricultural economics, rural business management, equine and horse care and veterinary practice) at college or university level in Scotland.
The aim is to find out where women go following agricultural training/education, and what factors influence their career decisions and career trajectories.
Encouraging women to take part, Rural Secretary Fergus Ewing MSP said: “We know that women play an integral role in our farming communities and families. But we need to understand more about that role. The women in agriculture survey work will enable us to learn more about the views and experiences of women who live or work on Scottish farms, so we can better understand the opportunities and barriers facing women in rural Scotland.
“I’d encourage women across Scotland to take part.”
It runs until November 15 and can be accessed at http://surveys.hutton.ac.uk/index.php/984217?lang=en.

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