New Documentary Follows RGU Students in India

A team of Robert Gordon University (RGU) students have released a documentary which tells the story of their trip to India last summer, where they delivered a community health and wellbeing initiative.

RGU GO India StudentsTwelve students participated in the RGU GO: India project and represent a range of subjects at RGU, including Applied Sport and Exercise Science, Nutrition, Event Management, PR and Media, Communication Design and Journalism.

The group travelled to Manipal, South-Western India on Sunday 21st August 2016. They spent three weeks there, working with local students to deliver their community project and change the perception of health, nutrition and sport with school children in the city.

They thought of fun and inventive ways to educate the children on the risks of an unhealthy diet and the benefits of sport for both boys and girls.

The documentary follows the students’ journey, from arriving in Manipal, through the planning process and running the events with the children.

The students speak about their experience on the project, discussing the challenges they faced, how they felt they had bonded with the Indian students and how rewarding the entire trip had been for them.

Simona Bisiani, the Journalism student behind the documentary, said: “I believed that a documentary would be the best way to remember the project in the long run and be a powerful way to tell the story of where we were and what we did.

“The final film really sums up the challenges we faced to deliver our initiative and how much effort was put into the project by all of us in the team.

“RGU GO: India was a real once in a lifetime opportunity to enhance our individual talents, to develop a multi-disciplinary set of skills, to meet people from another country and together plan and deliver an initiative that addressed key priorities of our modern world.”

The project was led by RGU Sport and Exercise Science lecturer, Bryan McCann, and Event Management lecturer, Dr Rachael Ironside, who worked with a team of colleagues from RGU to develop and deliver the pilot RGU GO: India project.

Bryan McCann said: “RGU GO: India was a unique project, which provided the students with a once in a lifetime opportunity to use their subject-specific skills in an international context.

“We are incredibly proud of everything they achieved as part of this project. Each of them gained valuable new skills and experiences that will stand them well in the future, as well as making wonderful memories that will last a lifetime.

“The students have put a lot of effort into the documentary and it will allow project partners, funders, supporters and the general public to find out more about the students’ experiences and the benefits of international student mobility projects such as this.”

The RGU GO: India project was backed by Team GB Olympian Dr Katherine Grainger CBE, and is linked to the award winning Aberdeen Youth Games (AYG), which promotes physical activity, health and wellbeing to young people in the North East of Scotland.

The project team secured £19,197 in funding from the Scottish Government’s Outward Mobility Fund (OMF), with the RGU Foundation committing a further £1,000.

The university also contributed £35,276 as in-kind support for the project, which also received logistical support from the British Council, as part of their Generation UK-India programme, which aims to support 25,000 young people and professionals from the UK to undertake placements in India by 2020.

In addition, the students were required to raise £6,600 prior to their departure, which was used to hire equipment and facilities, as well as to run their activities.

Find out more about the RGU GO: India project and watch the documentary.

Release by Jonathon Milne
Communications Officer | Health and Sport
Press and Media Enquiries