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Robert Gordon University

Location:
Garthdee, Aberdeen

Main Campus:
Garthdee

Student Population:
16407

Website details:
www.rgu.ac.uk

Faculties:
Health and Social Care, Aberdeen Business School, Faculty of Design and Technology

 

Why Choose Robert Gordon University

Robert Gordon University has an established track record for graduate employment in Scotland. The University provides courses which are career focused, yet don’t compromise academic integrity. Rated as the best modern university by The Times Good University Guide, Robert Gordon has state of the art facilities and a teaching staff with an outstanding reputation.

 

Teaching Quality

Robert Gordon’s belief that professional education starts with excellent teaching and research within a supportive environment means that it has consistently been recognised as one of the best universities in the UK.

  • Robert Gordon degrees are inspired by the University’s close collaboration with commercial and public sector partners. This means that the academic courses are structured in a way which makes them relevant for the constantly evolving economy and society.
  • The University prides itself on producing graduates with skills that are in demand. Robert Gordon has a number of courses accredited by professional bodies such as the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, the Chartered Institute of Marketing, the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals and the Institute of Export.
    For example, Aberdeen Business School’s MBA programme is highly rated and has full AMBA (The Association of MBAs) accreditation. Only a handful of programmes globally have achieved this standard of excellence.
  • The University has an international reputation for equipping students with the skills necessary for a successful professional life. The majority of its courses provide placement opportunities, enabling students to put the skills and knowledge acquired on the course into practice. The University also regularly hosts master classes with industry experts.
  • All the academic staff have relevant qualifications including, in many cases, postgraduate degrees such as MBAs, PhDs and MScs. Many also have relevant professional qualifications and/or managerial experience in both the public and private sectors.

 

Research Quality

The University has a strong culture of research, with particular focus on applied research which aims to provide tangible benefits to the wider economy and society.

  • The University has invested significantly in its research activities, dramatically increasing both the number and quality of researchers. It has world class researchers in Allied Health professions, Computer Science, Engineering, Architecture, Accounting and Finance, Business and Management, Library and Information Management and Art and Design.
  • Robert Gordon University achieved outstanding results in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, with over 70% of its research receiving international recognition.
  • Robert Gordon is one of 22 universities in the UK involved in the pilot for the Research Excellence Framework, which will make an important contribution to the development of the research assessment process in the future.
  • Robert Gordon’s graduate school maintains a supportive research community, providing an environment conducive to a high quality student experience.
  • The University works in partnership with other academic institutions and professional industries to carry out high quality research. Partnerships include the North Research Partnership, Frontier IPL and the Scottish Information and Computer Science Alliance.

 

International

Robert Gordon is currently home to over 1500 international students from 65 countries. The University has gained an international reputation for providing high quality education with tangible graduate prospects.

  • The University attracts students from all over the world. The largest international groups are Indian, Chinese and Nigerian but every year the pool of countries it attracts students from is growing.
  • Robert Gordon’s warm and welcoming environment means that students get tailored support to meet their needs. The University has representatives all over the globe who can guide students through the application process, including IDP Education.
  • It also has a team of international student advisers who are dedicated to helping international students. The advisers offer guidance on various matters including finance and visa issues.
  • The Sunday Times has described Robert Gordon as having a student-centric approach with exceptional graduate employment records. Students at Robert Gordon get a unique insight into international job markets and develop the skills and confidence necessary to compete for careers globally.

 

Student Satisfaction

Robert Gordon is committed to providing state of the art facilities to its students.

  • The University has achieved extremely high student satisfaction scores, with 84% of its students declaring facilities to be of an excellent standard.
  • Robert Gordon is currently investing in a £170 million campus development project which aims to deliver the best riverside campus in Europe for its students to enjoy.
  • The University has a purpose built Clinical Skills Centre, high-tech television and radio studios and a Green Screen Suite. These are just a few examples of the many state-of-the-art facilities that the University possesses.
  • Robert Gordon also boasts world class sporting facilities. For example: an impressive swimming pool, a climbing wall and three gyms which offer a range of classes for students to attend.

 

Employable Graduates

As the best modern university in the UK, Robert Gordon consistently provides professional education, giving its graduates the edge in a competitive market.

  • According to The Sunday Times "a degree from Robert Gordon University is as near to a guarantee of a job after graduation as you can get."
  • Robert Gordon refers to itself as the "The Professional University" – offering a wide range of placement options, in Britain and abroad. As a result, the University has one of the best graduate recruitment records in the UK.
  • Robert Gordon recognises that there is a huge demand in the professional world for graduates who have developed a range of skills and qualities. This why the University supports students to develop transferable skills, both within and outside their studies.
  • 96.2 % of graduates are employed or in further education six months after graduating.
  • 84.9% of Robert Gordon graduates secure jobs with starting salaries of around £20,000.

 

Variety of Courses

Robert Gordon’s courses are tailored to meet the requirements of the professional world.

  • The University has approximately 16,000 students studying over 145 full-time and part-time courses at various levels. It also offers Distance Learning which allows students to study through a virtual learning environment and Professional Development where professionals from specific careers can develop skills and enhance prospects.
  • Degrees are an effective combination of academic study and practical experience, with many offering periods of work placement.
  • Many courses are made up of both compulsory and optional modules so students can tailor their studies to suit their interests.
  • Some of their undergraduate courses are grouped into programmes, so students can study a common first year before choosing which named award to specialise in. This applies to Engineering, Computing, Management and some Art courses.
  • Since October 2011, Robert Gordon University has been offering alternative entry points to its degrees through their on-campus pathway college: The International College at Robert Gordon University. The College provides three intakes a year to prepare international students for entry into undergraduate and postgraduate studies.

 

Location

The University is located in Aberdeen, Scotland. The city-centre campus at Schoolhill is the hub of student social life. A second campus lies less than three miles away at Garthdee. There are a variety of parks and gardens which are a wonder to explore on foot. Aberdeen is a smart and pleasant city with a cosmopolitan feel. It's often called the Granite City after the primary building material, and it really does sparkle in the sun. Within minutes of leaving the city centre, you can be surfing off the Aberdeen coast or visiting the heart of rural Aberdeenshire.

The city has its own international airport from which you can fly to a number of destinations. It also in close proximity other popular Scottish destinations such as the magical town of Edinburgh, the cosmopolitan Glasgow and the enchanting Loch Ness.

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