For four successive years, Robert Gordon University has retained the position of best modern university in the UK (The Times Sep 11) and we consistently maintain one of the UK’s best graduate employment records. In 2011 The Times, The Guardian and The Independent all rated the top university in Scotland for Graduate employment. The Sunday Times noted in September 2011 that 84.9% of graduates secure jobs commensurate with their qualifications.

“Robert Gordon’s branding as ‘the professional university’ couldn’t be more appropriate. It beats every other university in the most recent employment figures.”
Sunday Times

The University generates an annual group income of around £92 million through corporate programmes, consultancy and other business engagement, research income and fee paying or funded students. We currently employ approximately 1600 members of staff and deliver courses to around 15,500 students. We offer an impressive range of professionally focused courses across the arts and design, management, engineering and computing, health and social care and the applied sciences and technology. We are particularly focused on developing our key areas of strength – energy, health and social care, the creative industries and the knowledge economy.


The name Robert Gordon has been synonymous with education in Aberdeen since 1750 when the original college was founded from his bequest. With the addition of Gray’s School of Art in 1885, the School of Pharmacy in 1898 and the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture in 1957, the original college has evolved over the years into a substantial university – a leading institution of learning still able to draw upon this rich heritage.

“Now the top modern University in Britain and shortlisted for the University of the year, a degree from Robert Gordon University is a close to a guaranteed job as you can get.”
The Times Good University Guide, 11 Sept 2011


Our strong links with industry have delivered corporate alliances, CPD programmes and consultancy both in the UK and overseas. The deployment of blended learning through the Moodle Virtual Learning Environment is further expanding our capability for working with corporate partners and SMEs. Enterprising research is undertaken by groups throughout the University and the results contribute to technology transfer and ‘spin outs’. We have been especially successful in SMART awards.


Our strategy is of ‘internationalisation’ of the total student experience for all students. This includes the curriculum, work placements and the wider experience they have interacting with our staff and the community. International students have long been attracted to Robert Gordon University and contributed much to our cultural fabric. Indeed, in recent years, increasing numbers of international students have made ours a truly international campus. 19% of the total student population come from outside the EU. Expanding our cultural and commercial links with overseas organisations has helped to create many exciting opportunities for our staff and students to work abroad.

Our commitment to internationalisation is evident in the establishment of an International College at the University in partnership with Navitas. Following the launch of the College in September 2011, we expect to significantly increase our recruitment of international undergraduate students at a time when our recruitment of international postgraduate students is coming under greater pressure.