From shaving her hair off, to jumping in the North Sea, there is very little Nóra won’t do to raise money for well-deserving charitable causes!

Nora RGU RAGIrish student Nóra Ní Fhlannagáin’s inspirational story of student life in the UK has resulted in her being named a runner-up in the regional finals of the UK’s biggest international student competition.

Nóra, who is studying Nutrition and Dietetics at Robert Gordon University was one of more than 1,300 students, from 118 countries to enter the eighth annual International Student Awards – a major initiative from the British Council that shines the spotlight on international students and their contributions to life in the UK.

Since joining RGU:RAG (Raising and Giving), the student fund-raising society, in her first year, Nóra has helped to raise thousands for local charities, including the Children’s Hospice Association of Scotland (CHAS) and a number of cancer charities. Nóra is now the president of RGU:RAG, which now boasts over 60 enthusiastic members.

In her second year Nóra founded the Robert Gordon University Cumann Craic – Gaidhlig and Gaeilge society to promote a forum for Irish/Scots Gaelic in the University. She has also found time to pursue her interests in snowboarding, surfing and singing, as well taking up rowing. All this while successfully continuing with her studies!

Nóra said, “Coming to Scotland gave me the opportunity to meet so many new people and try out so many new things. Going abroad to study has really enhanced my university experience. I’m not continuing my old school experience, as here everything is new I’ve thrown myself into it wholeheartedly. My advice to anyone would be get involved and embrace the opportunities that studying at university affords you, whether you are studying at home or further afield.”