RGU – Top 10 Moments from 2019

With 2020 around the corner, your Instagram timelines will be flooded with “Top 9” grid posts and your Facebook feed will be filled with reflective captions of the past year. Of course, we want to get in on the action! We are celebrating the end of 2019 by taking you down memory lane and highlighting some of our RGU top 10 moments.

RGU Ranked 3rd in Scotland for Overall Student Satisfaction

In July this year we celebrated being ranked third in Scotland for overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2019! RGU secured its highest score ever, achieving 88.61% for overall satisfaction and performing above the national average in all categories! Not bad RGU, not bad at all!

Grampian Pride

RGU is proud to support LGBT+ equality and in May this year we took part in the Aberdeen Grampian Pride parade! We had an amazing response from students, alumni, staff, allies and friends of the university who came out to show their support. Did you catch RGU’s Drag Queen Dean handing out degrees in FABULOUSNESS?

RGU Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group

RGU Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group have had an amazing 2019. Not only did the first cohort of the Startup Accelerator programme see 25 teams complete the programme, but the group were awarded the 2019 Herald Higher Education Award for ‘Outstanding Business Engagement in Universities’! Deadlines for the second cohort of the Startup Accelerator programme closed in November and we can’t wait to see the entrants.

Gray’s School of Art Mobile Art Bus

In December we announced the launch of the new Mobile Art School run by Gray’s School of Art. This exciting new innovative project will focus primarily on widening access to creative education and careers for young people.

New Paramedic Practice Course Launch

In October we were thrilled to announce our new BSc Paramedic Practice course being delivered from September 2020. RGU successfully bid to bring paramedic undergraduate education to the Highlands and Islands and Grampian following the new requirement for all paramedic students to undertake a degree-level programme. 

School of Engineering – Human Performance Vehicles

In April, young engineers from the School of Engineering went head to head to test their Human Powered Vehicles. The 3rd year students were tasked with designing, constructing and assembling their vehicles as part of a student project. Participants got to live out their Fast & Furious: Tokyo Aberdeen Drift dreams!

Offshore Europe 2019

Offshore Europe week in Aberdeen not only saw RGU exhibit at the bi-annual event, but was the perfect opportunity to showcase our state-of-the-art DRILLSIM:5000 Decom Simulator. Professor Paul De-Leeuw, Director of the RGU Energy Transition Institute reflected on the Roadmap 2035 which was announced by Oil & Gas UK, and Dr Ruby Roberts presented her research findings on why technology adoption and deployment can be slow in the oil and gas industry.

£2m Research Funding to Purify Drinking Water

In June we announced that Professors Christine Edwards and Linda Lawton from the School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences had secured almost £2 million in research funding. The focus of their research is purifying Sri Lanka’s drinking water through the development of an easily scalable, bio-based strategy. Read more about their research on our website.


To celebrate Valentine’s Day this year we featured stories of people who were brought together by RGU. Whether it was meeting their first love or their best friend, we shared some heart-warming stories from our staff, students and alumni. We will be featuring more stories next year, so please get in touch if you found ‘the one’ at RGU!

Graduation Ceremonies

Every July and December we celebrate the success of our students at our graduation ceremonies. It is such an honour for us to share the day with our students. All our students have worked hard and earned their walk across the stage. Read some of their stories on our website.

Wow, I think you can agree those were some great RGU top 10 moments. Safe to say we’ve been busy this year… we cannot wait to see what comes next! Wishing you all a safe and happy new year.

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