What Our Students Say

Ross Leven

Ross Leven

BA (Hons) International Business Management, from Aberfoyle in Scotland

Why did you choose RGU?

When I was applying to university, I already knew the course I wanted to do. So, I was more focused on finding the right university for me. From the very start it was quite clear that RGU’s main aim is to prepare students for the future and they place employability skills at the top of the agenda. There are so many other opportunities at RGU other than the course you are studying. There are many sports clubs as well as academic and non-academic societies with the Union offering a huge number of extra-curricular activities. Another reason why I chose RGU was the partnership between students and staff. I first experienced this during the open day and applicants’ day and this has continued right through my first year.

Why did you choose the course you are studying?

I have always wanted to do a management based subject. Throughout school, I enjoyed business management and economics. I chose International Business Management because it I could study abroad in second year and complete a placement in third year. This is something that I have wanted to do for a long time and I felt these would be great experiences to have as I progress through University and look for a Job in the future. At RGU, the main management courses follow a similar module focus in first year and this appealed to me. The course covers all the basics of management and then as you progress, you study more specific modules. 

What are your favourite things about being a student in Aberdeen?

Aberdeen has many places to socialise with friends. If you live in the city centre, everything you need is within a 15-minute walk. Wherever you go, whether it be Union Square, Belmont street or one of the clubs, you will always bump into someone you know.

Have you been involved in any clubs or societies while at RGU? If so tell us a little bit about it

I haven’t joined any clubs or societies this year, however, I have been working at the Union to coordinate the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. This has allowed me to work closely with other students as well as the Union and Academic staff at the university. This has allowed me to experience the extra-curricular activities available and I will definitely join a club or society in future years.

Do you have any advice for people who are considering study at RGU?

Whatever university you are planning to attend, make sure you visit first and see the campus, meet the academic staff who run your course, and visit the accommodation available. 

RGU has so many extra-curricular activities available to students. My advice would be to make the most of these. Clubs and societies are not only a great way to meet new people and network with those outside your course, but they are also great ways to build on your skills and increase your employability.

What do you want to do when you complete your course?

I have never been 100% sure about what I would like to do when I complete my course. I think I will probably seek employment rather than continuing in university within a postgraduate course.

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