The Access RGU Barbara Rae Memorial Scholarship, in association with Canadian Natural Resources, provides substantial opportunities for those who are often under-represented in Higher Education and is open to full time undergraduate students enrolling into their first year at Aberdeen Business School or The School of Engineering.

Canadian Natural Resources Limited is an independent oil and natural gas production company, based in Calgary, Alberta, with operations in its core areas located in Western Canada, the UK portion of the North Sea and Offshore Africa.

The company's international operations are managed by CNR International from its Aberdeen office, where the company employs more than 400 staff and contract employees. CNRI operates six installations in the UK sector of the North Sea, employing or contracting a significant offshore workforce. In Africa, the company operates four further offshore producing fields, three in the Ivory Coast and one in Gabon. CNR International has produced in excess of 350 million barrels of oil equivalent from its international operations since setting up in Aberdeen in 2002, and remains committed to growing its business in the North Sea and in Africa.

The Scholarship

The ACCESS RGU Barbara Rae Memorial Scholarship is open to undergraduate students studying specific courses at the Aberdeen Business School or the School of Engineering.

The students will receive £3,000 per year as well as mentoring, pastoral care and study skills support, coordinated through the university’s Department for the Enhancement of Learning, Teaching and Access (DELTA). This is a student led process to facilitate both academic and personal success.

Eligible Courses

Eligibility Criteria

Access RGU scholarships are aimed at applicants who are traditionally under-represented in higher education.

To be eligible for consideration, you must meet ALL of the following criteria: 

  • Meet the scholarship specific eligibility criteria 

  • Enrol full time in the first year of your chosen undergraduate degree programme at RGU 

  • Be Scottish domiciled and classed as a ‘home fees student’ 

  • Have not already obtained a first degree 

  • Reside in a low income household (in receipt of Educational Maintenance Allowance or eligible to claim SAAS bursary i.e. household income below £34,000) 

In addition you must meet at LEAST ONE of the following criteria:

  • Reside in a postcode area which is regarded by the Scottish Government as being within the 40% (Quintiles 1 and 2) most deprived regions of the country as categorised by Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD). 

Find out if you are eligible for consideration from SIMD

  • Have spent time as a Looked After Child or looked After and Accommodated Child, be that at home, in residential, foster or kinship care
  • Have completed an ‘Access To’ programme  

Full details of the selection criteria are available with the application form. All applicants to the Scholarship will need to enrol on their chosen course at Robert Gordon University during September 2018.

How to Apply

Applicants for the Scholarship must have met the entry requirements of their UCAS offer from Robert Gordon University and have formally accepted the offer. Applicants must also have met the Access RGU scholarship eligibility criteria.

Application is by invitation only. Eligible applicants will receive an email with further direction.

Full details of the selection criteria are available with the application form.

All applicants to the Scholarship will need to enrol on their chosen course at Robert Gordon University duringSeptember 2018.



    RGU’s widening participation initiative aims to extend access to learning and enable talented individuals from under-represented groups to achieve their ambitions through higher education whatever their circumstances.