Robert Gordon University joins University Alliance

The association has welcomed its 15th member, the fourth to join in just two years

Robert Gordon University (RGU) has joined the University Alliance (UA), bringing the group’s membership to 15.

The association describes itself as a group of “the country’s leading technical and professional universities”. Its members are “large to mid-sized”, typically from the post-92 era of higher education.

RGU is the alliance’s first Scottish member and only its second outside England.

Based in Aberdeen and founded as a university in 1992, RGU has a student population of approximately 16,000. Since 2020, the university has been led by Prof Steve Olivier, who previously served as the deputy vice-chancellor of the University of the West of Scotland and Abertay University.

“As a professionally focused University,” said Prof Olivier, the vice-chancellor, “we work closely with employers and industry to collaborate on developing curriculum and delivering skills-led learning and applied research to shape economic, social and cultural development, and environmental sustainability. The goals and ambitions of the University Alliance align well with our own.”

Vanessa Wilson, chief executive of University Alliance, said: “[RGU] has a long history of working with industry and is recognised as one of Scotland’s top universities for teaching and student experience, as well as being a go-to choice for employers.”

The alliance was committed to “strengthening our collective reputation and impact…[and] delivering the applied research and teaching that will deliver the skills and knowledge needed to power the UK’s future”, added Wilson.

Several universities have joined UA in recent years, including Anglia Ruskin, Derby and Middlesex.

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