RGU recognised for excellence in teaching and student satisfaction

Saturday 09 September 2023

Robert Gordon University (RGU) has once again been recognised for its excellence in teaching and student satisfaction in newly released higher education rankings.

The Guardian University Guide 2024 has placed RGU third in Scotland and in the UK’s top 10 for satisfaction in teaching as well as second in Scotland for assessment satisfaction, the rating for the quality of feedback and assessment.

There was success in individual courses too with Physiotherapy marked overall first in the UK. Forensic Science also featured in the UK’s overall top 10 while the following seven subjects feature in the overall top three in Scotland: Midwifery; Health Professions; Physiotherapy; Forensic Science; Media; Journalism; and Construction, Surveying and Planning.

In relation to employability and career prospects, RGU ranked top in Scotland in Biomedical Sciences; Midwifery; Social Work; Health Professions; Physiotherapy; Pharmacy and Pharmacology; and Construction, Surveying and Planning. Indeed, Physiotherapy is also top in the UK while Midwifery and Biomedical Sciences is second and third in the UK for career prospects respectively.

Other subject specific highlights include Fine Art, Physiotherapy and Product Design being graded first in the UK in assessment satisfaction while Fine Art was again top in the UK for teaching satisfaction with Physiotherapy; Product Design; and Construction, Surveying and Planning in second.

Elsewhere, the Daily Mail University Guide has placed RGU second in Scotland and in the top 10 in the UK for teaching excellence as well as second and third in Scotland for student support and student experience respectively.

Professor Steve Olivier, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of RGU, welcomed the latest results: “These results in teaching and student satisfaction are just reward for the hard work of our staff who each strive to accomplish our strategic mission of transforming people and communities.

“This is achieved through a level of commitment that is mirrored throughout our institution to provide an excellent teaching, learning and student experience, as evidenced in some fantastic subject specific results too. I’m also delighted that many of our courses feature so prominently for successful graduate outcomes as we strive to help our students become global citizens.

“The good news arrives on the weekend when new and returning students will be back in Aberdeen preparing for Freshers and their new, or even first, semester here. On behalf of our entire University community, we hope you all enjoy the weeks and months ahead at RGU.”

The Guardian University Guide 2024 results follows a strong recent run of rankings for the University. The latest NSS placings scored RGU at 82.4% overall satisfaction which was followed up by the Times Higher Education (THE) which placed RGU second in Scotland and in the top 10 in the UK for student satisfaction.

Earlier in the year, the Complete University Guide 2024 marked RGU as Scotland’s highest climbers and again in the UK’s top 10 for student satisfaction. Many courses were also graded top in Scotland for both graduate prospect measures and student satisfaction.

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