RGU projects benefit from philanthropic donations

Projects ranging from researching the feasibility of producing electricity from solar chimneys to improving access to education are among the beneficiaries of this year’s Annual Fund Awards announced by the RGU Foundation, the philanthropic fundraising arm of Robert Gordon University.

The Sir Ian Wood BuildingLaunched in 2015 to enhance all areas of the student experience and to add value to new initiatives at RGU, the aim of the fund is to inspire donations which will make an immediate impact by supporting innovative projects that would not receive funding through any other channel.

Since its launch, financial support has been given to 22 new and enterprising developments at RGU. The funds are raised from alumni, staff and friends of the university to create opportunities for current and future generations of staff and students.

RGU Alumnus and donor Kevin Davidson, Managing Director at Ducatas Partners, graduated with a BA (Hons) in 1994.

“Gaining a degree from Robert Gordon University has allowed me to pursue a fulfilling career,” he said. “I am pleased to make a positive contribution to my alma mater by giving back and by doing so create opportunities for current and future generations of talented RGU students.”

Sarah Dingwall, RGU Foundation Development Manager, said: “We are extremely grateful to all those alumni and friends of RGU who through donating have made a commitment to the university and to it students.  Their generous foresight has allowed us to support ground-breaking projects and excellent services across the university.”

This year the following projects have been awarded funding:

  • Access bursaries – to support talented students from backgrounds that are traditionally under-represented at university.
  • Student-led Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme – an opportunity open for all current RGU students to achieve an award for extra-curricular learning volunteering and skills development.
  • RGU Nightline – a student-led non-judgmental anonymous listening service that allows students to speak through their problems
  • Research Students Showcase – A first of its kind event run by the Research Students Association that will serve to highlight the varied research projects being carried out at RGU and inspire and encourage future research.
  • Inter-professional Learning Award in Healthcare – a student award that promotes best practice collaborative learning in healthcare
  • Hatch project – to support creative projects associated with the Hatch creative projects space set up by students from RGU’s Gray’s School of Art
  • Resilience conference – to support a one day conference, organised in partnership with Reslife, to promote mental wellbeing and resilience, a life skill which supports student retention and progression, individual mental wellbeing and graduate employability.
  • Research project – Support for a research project being carried out by a member of staff at Scott Sutherland School to analyse the potential and the efficiency of using solar chimneys in parts of Scotland to produce electricity.                                     


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