Lead­ing vet heads SAIC skills drive

Fish Farmer - - News United Kingdom -

THE Scot­tish Aqua­cul­ture In­no­va­tion Cen­tre (SAIC) has ap­pointed ve­teri­nary ex­pert Dr Mary Fraser as its new head of skills and tal­ent.

Fraser, who has more than two decades’ ex­pe­ri­ence in course devel­op­ment and teach­ing, has lec­tured and pub­lished widely across ve­teri­nary dis­ci­plines.

In her new po­si­tion, she will play a key role in align­ing the skills taught to aqua­cul­ture and life sciences pro­fes­sion­als with the in­dus­try’s evolv­ing re­quire­ments.

She will also be re­spon­si­ble for the man­age­ment and con­tin­ued devel­op­ment of SAIC’s in­tern­ship, grad­u­ate, and Master’s ini­tia­tives, while build­ing its PhD pro­gramme.

The in­no­va­tion cen­tre has al­ready spon­sored MSc stu­dents on 13 of Scot­land’s 16 aqua­cul­ture spe­cific de­grees and five PhD places, since its in­cep­tion.

A Fel­low of the Royal Col­lege ofVe­teri­nary Sur­geons, Royal So­ci­ety of Pub­lic Health, Royal So­ci­ety of Bi­ol­ogy, and Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Academy, Fraser has de­vel­oped vo­ca­tional qual­i­fi­ca­tions for City & Guilds, an in­sti­tu­tion which de­liv­ers train­ing schemes to two mil­lion peo­ple.

She said:‘Aqua­cul­ture is an area of se­ri­ous growth in Scot­land’s econ­omy and with that comes de­mand for new skills and tal­ent.

‘We need to de­velop a greater aware­ness of its ca­reer prospects for younger peo­ple through en­gage­ment with schools, col­leges, and so­cial me­dia – they need to see clear ex­am­ples of suc­cess­ful ca­reers in aqua­cul­ture.’

Above: Mary Fraser

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