ROBERT GORDON UNIVERSITY
Location: Aberdeen, Scotland
Total Students: 16,787
Percentage of International Students: 30%
- RGU SPORT at the Garthdee campus provides a wide range of sport and fitness facilities to the university community as well as to the general public. Facilities include a 25m pool, various gyms with extensive facilities for cardiovascular training and resistance training (including free weights), a large sports hall (also used for exams), climbing wall, numerous fitness classes, physiotherapy, podiatry and sports massage.
- RGU:Union operates a student media program with RGU:Radio, RGU:TV and Radar Magazine. The student radio station, called RGU:Radio broadcasts live from a studio on campus, running a number of shows from music to current affairs. Broadcasts are streamed and regular podcasts are posted online.
For at least two years, the Robert Gordon University has had the highest rate among the UK universities of graduates in employment or postgraduate study six months after graduation. In 2015, HESA announced that 97.2% of RGU graduates were in work or further education within six months of graduating. Only specialised institutions such as Royal College of Music, Institute of Education and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance scored higher than Robert Gordon University.
- Assessment Results and Transcripts
- Employability and Professional Enrichment Hub
- Care Leaver Support
- Council Tax Exemption
- Counselling Services
- Disability and Dyslexia Service
- Student Help Point
- Student Immigration Team
- Medical Services
- RGU Union
- Replacement Certificates
- Student Finance
- Student Letter Requests
- Treehouse Early Care and Education Centre
- Withdrawals and Suspensions
The university’s Accommodation Services department arranges for students to be placed in one of nine halls of residence across the city.
By far the largest of the halls of residence are the Woolmanhill Flats at St. Andrew Street. The Woolmanhill flats have over 700 one-person bedrooms, arranged in self-catering flats of up to eight. The Woolmanhill Flats development was constructed in stages in the late 1980s and early 1990s by the university working in collaboration with a private developer. The newest hall of residence is the Crathie Student Village on Holburn Street, and houses approximately 100 students.
Other halls of residence include two buildings on the Garthdee Campus; the Square Tower and the Round Tower. These distinctive pink buildings were constructed in the early 1990s and inspired by traditional Scottish tower houses. They have received architectural acclaim by critics and are included in Prospect magazine’s list of the 100 best Scottish modern buildings. When the list was published in 2005, the Round and Square Towers were the only buildings in Aberdeen to be included. A number of other halls of residence across the city are used, some operated in-house by RGU and others by private companies. These include Rosemount Halls, St. Peter’s Halls and Linksfield Halls which were constructed by the University of Aberdeen and then privatised in the early 2000s.
RGU operates a single campus in Aberdeen, in the south-western suburbs at Garthdee. As of August 2017 all academic and administrative departments are located at Garthdee.
The Garthdee campus is the university’s main campus, where all academic departments are located and teaching and research takes place.
The Garthdee campus is situated in the south-west of the city. For much of its history it was a greenfield site, with parts used as the gardens and estate of the Victorian manor of Garthdee House, farmland, and open meadows. The first university buildings were in use from the 1950s. The Garthdee campus has seen major investment in recent years, with numerous new buildings constructed since the late 1990s which include a “University Street”, part of Norman Foster’s design concept for the modern campus.
- Gordon Duthie (born 1987), musician, singer/songwriter
- Ola Gorie, jewellery designer
- Maxwell Hutchinson, architect and broadcaster, guitarist with LeneLovich
- Eilidh Middleton, equestrian competitor
- Hannah Miley, swimmer and Olympian
- Callum Innes, Turner Prize-nominated artist
- TitiHorsfall, author
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