Robert Gordon University (RGU) delivers a high quality vocational education and relevant curriculum which provides learners with the skills they require to thrive throughout their careers. As a result, the university has a reputation for producing graduates that are highly sought after by employers. Over the last decade RGU has consistently had one of the best records of any UK university for graduate level employment. Its reputation for teaching excellence is demonstrated further through its Gold Rating in the UK Teaching Excellence Framework. It celebrates a high quality student experience and is currently ranked in the top three universities in Scotland for student satisfaction. It has been named as the Scottish University of the Year in The Times & Sunday Times Good University Guide, 2021.
RGU has a heritage going back 250 years and was awarded university status in 1992. Throughout its development, the university has remained committed to creating equal opportunities to access a relevant and valuable education. It is made up of eleven schools and offers over 300 courses ranging from engineering, architecture, computing, and life sciences to the creative industries, health and social care, and business. It has a student population of over 16,500, who study on-campus and online; notably, it is one of the largest providers of distance learning in the UK. Courses are developed through close collaboration with employers, professions and industry to address skills regional and national needs, and this ensures that curriculum is demand-led.
Why Robert Gordon University:
Learning and teaching excellence: Robert Gordon University was awarded a Gold Rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), ranking in the top 20 percent of the best universities in the UK for the quality of undergraduate teaching and learning. It ranked 2nd in Scotland and in the UK for overall student satisfaction in the 2020 National Student Survey.
Employability: Whether students are looking for work during their students or after they have graduated, RGU will ensure that students are ready to succeed in the work force. The school was ranked top in Scotland for graduate employability with 97.6 percent of respondents entering employment and/or further study within 6 months of graduating (2016/17 DLHE survey, HESA 2018).
Campus: RGU has invested £120 million in developing their campus, including modern facilities, industry standard equipment, and dedicated study spaces. Students will benefit from these facilities by undertaking industry-level projects and study in an environment that encourages independence and innovation.
Industrial connections: Many courses at RGU offer students the opportunity to undertake a period of work experience or placement, collaborate with businesses on live projects, and attend industry guest lectures and masterclasses, providing them with the chance to make connections and network with prospective future employers.