RGU students encouraged to take part in project for positive social and cultural change in Aberdeen

Students from both Robert Gordon University (RGU) and the University of Aberdeen are being encouraged to sign up to take part in a project which will help drive social and cultural change within the city.  

CityLab 450 x 300CityLab is a 10-week collaborative project, which offers students the chance to develop their creative problem solving skills whilst developing professional networks with the support of mentors from Aberdeen City Council, RGU and University of Aberdeen.

The initiative ‘where the city is the classroom’, is led by Zoe Evans - Aberdeen City Council, Jon Pengelly – RGU, and Bruce Scharlau – University of Aberdeen. The project seeks to develop and support, creative problem setting, entrepreneurial thinking towards developing real solutions which will help to create a better city and community for Aberdeen.

Last year’s winning idea was Fit Dish, developed by University of Aberdeen students Bogdan Goroneanu and Robyn Hannaford, and RGU student Jordan Pellerin, resulting in a business model focusing on reducing food waste in the city, with their idea subsequently having been developed by local charity, CFINE – Community Food Initiatives North East.

Jon Pengelly, Head of Postgraduate Studies at Gray’s School of Art, coordinates this project for RGU, with the next CityLab project kicking off at the start of Semester 2. Students from any discipline are very welcome to get involved in the next round of CityLab, which takes place every Wednesday morning starting Week 1, 1st February. 

If you are interested or want to find out more, please contact Jon Pengelly on:

Tel - 01224 263644.

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