Stewart’s blog post

RGU in autumn 2017

RGU campus is beautiful this time of year! During this season we see an array of gorgeous colours surrounding the grounds. The campus is the perfect place to go for an autumn walk or chill out while you are studying! Take a look at some of these photos taken over this stunning season: (more…)

End of Placement Year

Three months into my industry placement, working as part of RGU’s marketing team, I wrote a blog on my initial thoughts and feelings around my placement. I am now coming to the end of my placement and this blog will discuss my experiences and what I have learned from a year in industry.

To think about what I have gained from this year, it is important for me to look at the new skills that I have been able to learn – and to start thinking about how I can apply them in the future.  My job role was to provide visual content to assist the marketing team, which included photography, video production and animation. I started the placement with a rudimentary knowledge of photography and video based on personal interest, but quickly felt my abilities improving. Looking back on the work that I was producing at the start of the year compared to that of now, gives me confidence that my capabilities to produce a various types of digital content has improved greatly.


Perhaps one of the most beneficial parts of working as part of a marketing team has been to opportunity to learn from the people around me. The team has changed considerably throughout the year but that has allowed me the chance to meet and work with professionals from a number of different backgrounds. Everyone I have worked with while on placement I have found to be extremely supportive and friendly which has helped me to grow in confidence as the year has gone on.

Studying International business management has meant that my course is quite different to the actual tasks that I have had on placement, while the coursework modules have allowed me to relate my practice to theory. Overall I found my placement to be very enjoyable and I believe this was a direct reflection on my grades as I got A’s in both the placement itself and the Management in Practice coursework. As much as I have enjoyed my placement year and gained a lot of useful experience, I do not feel that it necessarily means digital marketing is a career path that I see for myself in the future. Despite this, doing placement will greatly help me in returning to 4th year as real-life experience of what makes up the different functions of business will help me to be continually thinking about my work in a practical context – but keeping an open mind.



I know that placements are drastically different between courses but I believe the chance to gain industry experience whilst still being a student is a great opportunity offered by the University, which already has good ties to industry. Speaking for myself, I would encourage anyone to seek out a placement as you really do learn a lot. You learn skills that can make you stand out in the future and attain insight that you would not necessarily get the chance to fully understand from attending lectures and classes.



Gray’s Masters Show

Until the 7th of September the Art & Design Masters degree show will be exhibiting work from a number of students studying the contextualised practice course at Gray’s. This will showcase the work of both current graduating Master’s students and those progressing on to do their second year. (more…)

Living in Ardmuir Trinity Court

Situated close to King Street, Ardmuir Trinity Court is the closest RGU accommodation site to beautiful Old Aberdeen. It is a prime location for students with lots to do within a short walking distance, while also being peaceful without the noise distractions of living in the city centre. Speaking from personal experience of living in both Ardmuir Trinity Court and other RGU accommodation, I have been able to appreciate and enjoy the many advantages of living here. (more…)

Look Again @ Garthdee Campus

The Look Again Festival returned last week for the third year running. Unique from previous years, this festival began with Look Again @ Garthdee Campus, with things like exhibitions, talks, workshops and more going on around the University. (more…)

3 Months Into My Placement – Stewart

The opportunity to pursue a placement year was something that attracted me to RGU right from the start, when applying to university. The thought of gaining industry experience in place of 3rd year study was something I knew would stand out on my CV and hoped it would give me a better understanding of the types of career options that are available after university. Also the chance to be earning a salary while still being a student is a massive bonus! (more…)

Aberdeen Christmas Market

Aberdeen is taking Christmas seriously this year! So if you haven’t already explored the various festive attractions around the city, here is an overview to let you know what is going on. (more…)

Do More: British Exploring Society

One of the key things that sets RGU apart from other universities is its employability figures. By focusing significantly on building the skills and work experience that employers look for, RGU students graduate with strong attributes on their CV. Throughout a year of applying to various industrial placements it has become obvious to me how important it is to be continually improving your CV while still in uni. (more…)

S3/S4 Pathology Day

Last  month, secondary students from various schools across Aberdeenshire attended a Pathology day in RGU’s biological science labs. The students listened to short introductions before getting involved in practical experiments across three workshop areas. Each included experiments that would be typical in the 1st year of an undergraduate course of BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science.


The first of three workshops was in Microbiology. The students were sterilising a platinum wire loop over the Bunsen burner. They covered the loop with bacteria often responsible for food poising, E.coli, and then recorded the results. They were then taught about the importance of washing your hands using the “Glitterbug”. In doing this they used UV lights to see the “bacteria” (fluorescent cream) on their hands before and after washing them.


The second workshop was in the blood science laboratory. Students worked through a booklet of experiments and recorded the results as they went. Firstly they checked if the patient’s details matched their blood sample, and examined the results obtained from the analyser. They also made a blood film, observed it under a microscope and learnt about blood groups and typing procedures. Based on the results, they, decided what blood type the patient required for a transfusion.


The last workshop was based on Histopathology (study of tissues), where students were able to detect liver damage in patient’s tissue. By using the Van Gieson’s stain, they were able to see, through a microscope the difference between a healthy and damaged organ.


It was interesting to see school kids working in the university and to see what they thought of RGU’s labs. I think events like this are really beneficial, not just to those thinking of studying science, but to everyone while still in secondary school. Being able to feel like you are working on university level work while in school is great motivation and an opportunity to learn a bit more about what you want to do after finishing school.



Bloodstain Pattern Analysis

The other week we went down to Garthdee to check out a class on bloodstain pattern analysis that was conducted by second year forensic students and was ran by Applications Supervisor Mairi Thomson. The class allowed students to investigate what happens to blood at a crime scene. (more…)