From Professor John Harper

Whether you are a prospective or existing student, a member of staff, a researcher, a business person or entrepreneur, or a local resident, our university has something to offer.


Robert Gordon University has a heritage going back 250 years, and it was granted university status in 1992. Since then the university has gone from strength to strength, proactively engaging with businesses in the development of many of its degree courses and meeting regional and national needs at a time of constant change and development. As a result we have a reputation for producing graduates that are highly sought after by employers.

Today Robert Gordon University delivers more than 300 courses to over 16,000 full and part-time students from 130 countries. Over the last decade we have consistently had one of the best records of any UK university for graduate-level employment and we have been quoted top in Scotland and fourth equal in the UK for graduate employment by the Higher Education Statistics Agency in July 2018.

Professor John HarperWhile such accolades are pleasing there is never scope for resting on our laurels. A £135 million construction project at our Garthdee campus was completed in 2015 and provides our students and staff with state-of-the-art teaching and learning facilities. This includes a new library, and formal and informal learning and social spaces for students. This development gives the university and our local community some of the best facilities in the UK. Indeed, the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey, published in 2018, quoted RGU as number one in Scotland and top 10 in the UK for the quality of our facilities.

The university has invested significantly in research activities, dramatically increasing both the number and quality of our researchers and there is world leading work being undertaken in the university's key research areas.

By exploring our website you will learn more about the individuals who study and work here. Prospective students will get a real feel for what it means to be a student at Robert Gordon University - or visit in person and experience one of Europe's best riverside campuses.

Higher education is an adventure that broadens the mind and equips both learners and teachers to contribute to the community, to generate wealth for the benefit of all, and to ensure that the value of scholarship is understood and appreciated and its benefits enjoyed by society. Robert Gordon University invites all those who wish to contribute to these goals to join in this adventure. If you choose to come here, or if you decide to work with us in any way, I look forward to meeting you in person.

Professor John Harper
Principal and Vice-Chancellor