RGU’s Top Moments of 2017

With 2017 coming to an end we are having a look back at some of RGU’s most memorable moments of the year! What was your most memorable RGU moment?

RGU awarded TEF Gold

Back in June, RGU were excited to be awarded with a Gold rating in the Teaching for Excellence Framework (TEF). This placed the uni in the top 20% of the best universities in the UK for the quality of undergraduate teaching and learning. Amazing!

The TEF Gold rating was awarded to RGU for its consistent delivery of outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students, confirming it is of the highest quality found in the UK.

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Streetsport Receives the Queens Award for Voluntary Service

RGU’s Streetsport initiative was awarded the prestigious Queens Award for Voluntary Service back in June 2017. To put this into perspective, this award is the equivalent of an MBE for voluntary groups!

Our university Principal, Professor Ferdinand Von Prondzynski, commented “Existing impact measures of the Streetsport programme are notable and in some instances our student volunteers have helped reduce reports of youth crime, anti-social behaviour and wilful fire-raising by over 80%. We are very proud of them all.”

Find out more about the award and Streetsport.


RGU Top in Scotland for Student Support

The 2017 Times Higher Education (THE) UK Student Experience Survey revealed RGU is top in Scotland for student support!

The survey taken by current students awarded the ranking based on the provision of the following – support to students and caring for their welfare, catering for personal requirements, its helpful staff and its good relationship between lecturers and students.

In addition the university also ranked impressively in other areas. RGU secured a top 10 position for industry connections; helpful staff; high quality lecturers; well-structured courses; catering for personal requirements; and good sports facilities.

Pineapple Prank

School of Computing and Digital Media now graduates Lloyd and Ruairi, caused a stir back in May when they left a pineapple on a stand at RGU’s Look Again art and design festival. The long forgotton pineapple was then mistaken for art.

This simple act went viral and was covered by media from Russia to Canada!

Lloyd said:  “Next thing I know, our trivial act of leaving a pineapple on a shelf has gone viral and we’re being interviewed by the likes of The New York Times and on live Canadian TV and radio.”

Ruairi added: “I am still amused and amazed that placing a pineapple, bought for £1 on a study break, in the middle of an art exhibition would lead to me being in more than 130 newspapers globally, including Time Magazine and The New York Times, along with being interviewed on STV News and Canadian National News.”

Ruairi Gray (l) and Lloyd Jack (r)

RGU’s Student Satisfaction Rises Above UK Average

If TEF Gold wasn’t enough, RGU also performed well in the National Student Survey which revealed RGU’s student satisfaction is above the UK average. RGU ranked well in subject areas too, ranking top in Scotland for areas including Architecture; Fine Art; Management Studies; Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology; Tourism, Transport and Travel; and Electronic and Electrical Engineering.

Honorary Graduate Denis Law

In July, internationally reowned footballer Denis Law CBE was awarded Doctor of Laws (Hon LLD) from RGU for his football career and work through The Denis Law Legacy Trust.

RGU works closely with The Denis Law Legacy Trust through RGU’s Streetsport initiative which has also had a great 2017!

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Derrick Sloan Wins Curling Gold

Former RGU Sport scholar and RGU graduate Derrick, won gold at The World University Winter Games back in February in Kazakhstan.

Derrick studied RGU’s Master in Pharmacy whilst taking part in the RGU Sport scholarship programme. This enabled him to combine study with training and competing in curling.  Well done Derrick!

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RGU Win Pharmacist University Hero of the Year Award

Back in March the university were awarded Pharmacist University Hero of the Year Award. Professor Donald Cairns, Head of the School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences commented “The award acknowledges that the school is trying to be a positive force in society and in healthcare generally. It also demonstrates that we are helping to shape the pharmacists of the future.”

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RGU Top In Scotland for Graduate Earnings

Earlier this year RGU was named no. 1 in Scotland and no.5 in the UK for graduate earnings by the Economist! Great news for our students.

RGU Launches World-First Decommissioning Simulator

At the beginning of December RGU in collaboration with funding partners The Oil and Gas Technology Centre, KCA Deutag and Drilling Systems, with technical support from Baker Hughes, a GE Company (BHGE) launched a simulator to focus on well-plugging and abandonment (P&A).

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RGU Streetsport Awarded Accolade at National Pride of Sports Awards

RGU Streetsport initative won a prestigious award at the National Pride of Sports Awards in November. The TSB Community Partner award, recognises a group of people who have worked together in partnership as a force for good in their local community, to improve the lives of people around them through sport, supporting young people to thrive and to bring communities together to make a difference.

I think you will agree, it has been an amazing 2017! Here is to 2018 🙂

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