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 third 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 at the Aberdeen Business School and the School of Engineering. The Scholarship provides funding support up to the value of £2500 per year.

Successful applicants will be supported by the student support staff at the 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

Students who have accepted the offer of a place on one of the following undergraduate courses at Robert Gordon University and who meet at least one of the criteria outlined in supporting documentation provided by ACCESS RGU will be eligible to apply for the scholarship:

Aberdeen Business School

The School of Engineering

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 AT LEAST ONE of the following criteria at the point of applying to RGU: 

  • 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
  • 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)
  • Have spent time as a Looked After Child or looked After and Accommodated Child, be that at home, in residential, foster or kinship care
  • Are currently caring, unpaid, for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction cannot cope without your support
  • Have completed an ‘Access To’ programme 

In addition, 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

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 at least one of the ACCESS RGU scholarship eligibility criteria.

Applicants for the Scholarship must meet the eligibility criteria and have formally accepted the offer from RGU.

Application forms for the Scholarship will be sent directly to the potential applicants after they have accepted the offer from RGU. All applicants to the Scholarship will need to enrol on their chosen course at Robert Gordon University during September 2017.

Completed forms should be submitted to access-scholarships@rgu.ac.uk . The closing date for applications is Sunday 20 August 2017.

After the closing date the shortlisted applications will be presented to a panel of academic and professional support staff. The opinion of the donor may be taken into consideration at this stage. Applicants will be informed of the outcome of the process in October, but may be contacted before this date for further information.