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Self-care is not selfish
In her community story, student counsellor, Elina, gives some advice on developing a self-care toolkit, which you can tailor to suit your needs and interests.
Advancing leadership skills within RGU
Dr Pauline Bremner, lecturer and head of year four of the BA (Hons) Fashion Management course at the School of Creative and Cultural Business, and Laura Ginsberg, Academic Quality Officer, write about advancing their leadership skills through a recent collaboration project.
Drawn North – a truly collaborative exhibition
The culmination of three years’ work by talented Architecture students to reimagine waterfront areas in Aberdeen and Orkney will be virtually exhibited in a collaboration with Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums (AAGM) and The Pier Arts Centre in Orkney. Find out more from Head of School, Professor David McClean, in his community story.
Empowering young people through education
RGU has received a donation of £100,000 from The Cormack Family Foundation, established by AFC Chairman Dave Cormack, which will allow students from underrepresented backgrounds to study at the university. He writes in a Community Story about how delighted he and his family are to support this worthwhile initiative.
Jump starting tourism
Dr Andrew Martin, senior lecturer and Director of the Scottish Centre of Tourism at RGU, writes about how jump starting tourism in Scotland and Aberdeen will be a huge challenge for the in-dustry and how our graduates will have a stake in making that happen.
Accelerating Innovation in the Education Sector
Attendr won the Most Innovative award on Startup Sunday, Kyle Martin, COO, writes of his personal journey as part of the RGU Startup Accelerator programme.
Delivering meaningful change to combat racism in our community
Professor John Harper, Principal of RGU and Emmanuel Akerele, Student President for Education and Welfare, reflect on the global movement to combat racism and the action we have planned at RGU to deliver meaningful change for staff and students.
See, experience and be amazed at the Virtual Degree Show
Hear all about what you can expect from this year's fully immersive Virtual Degree Show from Head of School, Libby Curtis,
Reinventing Knitting for the Future
Lucy Fisher, an RGU Alumni, was part of the Startup Accelerator programme this year. She writes of her experience of working with family to create a global community of knitters.
Students turn their negative into a positive for charity
A group of 4th year Communication Design students from Gray’s School of Art who spent the whole year fundraising to attend D&AD New Blood Festival London, will donate a large sum of their funds to charity.
First year students take their fashion exhibition online
Each year, teams of first year students from the School of Creative and Cultural Business design and organise a fashion exhibition event. Dr Madeleine Marcella-Hood, lecturer and Head of Year 1 BA (Hons) Fashion Management, discusses how the students turned their cancelled event into a valuable learning experience.
Our Storical Story
Storical won the Best Pitch Award during Startup Sunday Live 2020. Rachael Ironside speaks of her experience while working the RGU Startup Accelerator programme.
Producing innovative thinking students through SISA Awards
Dr Pauline Bremner Head of Year Four BA (Hons) Fashion Management and lecturer within the School of Creative and Cultural Business writes about the success of the Scottish Innovative Student Awards (SISA) within RGU.
Celebrating student achievements in RGU
Students have had a significant impact on enhancing their learner experiences during the pandemic and Ursula Ojiji, Student President for Communication and Democracy, shares how that was celebrated through the recent achievement awards.
The Value of Mentee-Mentor Relationships
Joanne Lancaster and Louise McDowell write about their experiences as mentee and mentor respectively and why they found it valuable.
Inspirational student is embracing challenges after accident
Gray's student, Joanna Robertson, is looking ahead to returning to university after an accident which left her unable to walk.
Top Writing Tips for Researchers
Paula Sledzinska compiles top tips on writing from Graduate Students and Early Career Researchers.
Kangoo's trip to Orkney and back
Rebecca Wright, lecturer at the School of Pharmacy & Life Sciences writes about her round trip to Orkney in RGU's Kangoo.
Rainbows are a symbol of HOPE - importance of Pride during COVID19
Hamish Walker is the RGU student immigration manager and a member of the Rainbow Network. In his community story, he outlines his feelings on the importance of Pride during the current pandemic.
Moving past traditional lecturing to a new digital format
David Christie, academic strategic lead, and Dr Andrey Kotelnikov, law lecturer, write about how The Law School adapted to the online delivery of workshops when role playing and face to face contact had seemed integral.
Top tips for efficient and effective online feedback
Dr. Amy Robertson from DELTA provides her top tips to academic staff for providing online feedback.
Innovation in Isolation
Edward Pollock, Startup Coordinator for the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group at RGU, gives his top tips for being innovative in isolation.
Making a difference through events
Dr Rachael Ironside, course leader for Events Management, writes how our students have brought communities closer together while making a difference and raising much needed funds for local charities.
Keeping RGU sports clubs active during lockdown
President of Sport and Physical Activity, Kieran Matthews, reflects on his role and how he has helped to keep the many sport clubs at RGU active and engaged throughout the lockdown period.
Meaningful conversation and social distancing
Occupational Therapy Lecturer Lisa Paul describes her experience of working through lockdown and wants your help to prepare others in case of ongoing or future periods of isolation by taking part in her research.
#RGUTogether – helping celebrate the RGU community
Laura Pollock, ResLife Coordinator, writes about a new campaign to celebrate the RGU community and how we can support each other.
Paving the way for a "Hedgehog Friendly Campus"
Cursty Mackin writes about what we could to make our homes and the university campus Hedgehog Friendly.
Five reasons why you can’t miss experiences like Employers Live, Careers Event
Careers Consultant Helen Scott recommends that students attend experiences like our Employers Live, Careers Event, during lockdown to boost their employability, and gives five top reasons why.
Creativity and positivity abound in challenging times
Look Again's Hilary Nicoll and EIG's Sally Charles share their thoughts on the new Creative Entrepreneurship course, which had to very quickly move to online delivery.
Gender Based Violence and the role of the First Responder
Fiona Hall is a project coordinator within the Student Life team. She reflects on her additional role as one of a network of Gender Based Violence (GBV) First Responders, who are still there to support staff and student during the crisis.
IT leads the transition to a safe online RGU community
Director of IT and Digital, Scott Matthew, shares some top tips for safe IT working and studying from home, after his team supported the very quick transition to this new way of operating.
Using Virtual Tools and Games to Engage the RGU Community
Calvin Park, a second year Cyber Security BSc (Hons) student at RGU and Events and Workshop coordinator at the RGU Computing Society writes about how they are using virtual games and tools to build a sense of community.
Responding to COVID-19 through feedback and partnership
The Student President for Education & Welfare, Emmanuel Akerele, shares recent successes from the university community working in partnership to improve the student experience.
Adapting research to a post-COVID-19 world
Dr. Nadimul Faisal, from the School of Engineering provides advice to researchers on how they can contribute to the fight against COVID-19
RGU alumna working to protect rights of children and young people
RGU alumna Louise Herd is hoping to make a difference to children and young people in Scotland through her fellowship with specialist outreach legal representation service Clan Childlaw.
Creating an office away from the office
Clinton Grant, RGU’s Head of Occupational Health and Environmental Safety, shares advice on creating an office away from the office, that is still comfortable and healthy.
Embracing the gift of technology to reach out to students
The Student President for Communication and Democracy, Ursula Ojiji, shares how the many mechanisms through which students can work in partnership to improve their university experience are still available after the switch to online learning.
Staying well while staying at home: study well online
Academic Support Lead Rachel McGregor shares why the university is well placed to support students with their studies online, and shows that CampusMoodle is the university in virtual form.
Time Management Tools & Techniques for Home Working
Although many staff members may be slowly getting accustomed to working from home, it is useful to turn to tips and techniques that will help us optimise our time, achieve work life balance and be efficient with the way we manage our tasks. Tina McGregor, Leadership Development Specialist at RGU, provides tips on how to get the best out of working from home.
How RGU Students Are Supporting Each Other During Lockdown
Since the start of government lockdown many of the university's students have continued to stay at RGU's accommodation sites to pursue their education. These include students in the RGU ResLife team who are supporting the residents during this incredibly challenging period. ResLife Advisers write about how their role has changed significantly since the start of the pandemic.
In celebration of a workforce and the call to arms
Laura Chalmers is leading a collaborative project between RGU and NHS to deliver training for key staff in the fight against coronavirus. She believes that this is an example of the university at its very best, creating a workforce for right now, and tomorrow
Keeping the Lights on During a Lockdown
Bill Somerville, Director of Estates & Property Services, writes about the challenges the Estates team have overcome to ensure staff and students are supported during the lockdown period.
Responding to the NHS call for Support to Fight COVID-19
This feature story highlights how the university community is jointly supporting the government in its fight against the COVID-19.
Five tips for studying from home
Online learning student, Karena Valentine, shares her top tips for studying from home.
From Disappointment to Digital Event Success
Events Management students demonstrated incredible creativity, innovation and resilience when faced with having to cancel their Main Event programme. Course Leader, Dr Rachael Ironside blogs about how the students successfully transformed their events to a digital format.
Q&A with Chris Hardie, Visiting Professor at SSS
Chris Hardie is a Visiting Professor of Architecture at RGU. He is currently based in Shanghai where he is Principal and Design Director at Schmidt Hammer Lassen & Perkins and Will. Chris recently caught up with RGU Comms for a short chat about his experience during the Coronavirus outbreak, and how things have developed where he is.
Self-isolation and mental health
RGU lecturers in mental health, Scott Macpherson and Dan Warrender, look at techniques and tools for dealing with anxiety and challenges during this crisis and why the behaviours of ourselves and others may not be the same as normal.
Moving beyond work – video conferencing for social connectivity
Chris Moule, Head of Entrepreneurship & Innovation, shares the advances taking place in social connectivity through video conferencing as we push to not let social distancing measures get in the way of work and fun.
Technology enabling CSDM to remain approachable and accessible to students
Dr John Isaacs, Head of the School of Computing Science and Digital Media, discusses the technology his team is utilising which enables them to remain open and accessible to their students
How to make the most of working from home
Head of HR Operations & Support, Scott Cameron, speaks about how to keep going while you're working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic.