Robert Gordon University was at first a hospital from the mid-18th century, before becoming a technical college in 1910, and finally a modern university in 1992. This Scottish institution is named for a 17th century businessman and philanthropist who was born in the city of Aberdeen, where the university has a main campus.
RGU currently comprises of three faculties; Business, Design and Technology, and Health and Social Care. The school of Health and Social Care is linked to the Aberdeen Centre for Trauma Research, engaging with those immediately effected by serious injury and its long lasting impact on patients. The university is well regarded in the UK for postgraduate employability, with consitetly good outcomes for recently graduated alumni.
Gray’s school of Art is one of four departments within Design and Technology and is based in a building of modernist architecture on the riverside Garthdee campus, part of the university’s £120 million redevelopment scheme. At Gray’s students can combine creativity and development through a range of undergraduate specialisms such as Commercial Photography, and Fashion Design.
RGU is actively involved in international exchange, and is a member of the Erasmus+ scheme. Second or third year undergraduate courses such as those in Computer Network Management and Business Information Systems are available for overseas students from the school of Computing Science. Those wishing to study at Aberdeen Business must present a valid English language qualification, such as passing a TOEFL test, before being accepted.
Among the alumni of RGU are jewellery designer Ola Gorie, architect Maxwell Hutchinson, Olympian swimmer Hannah Miley, and abstract painter Callum Innes.