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RGU: from ‘worst in Scotland’ to ‘Scottish University of the Year’ in space of three weeks

Robert Gordon University has been named Scottish University of the Year in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021.


By: Anttoni Numminen



Picture courtesy: screengrab from Press and Journal/Robert Gordon University



Robert Gordon University has been named Scottish University of the Year.

The title was awarded in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021 in which St Andrews came 3rd in the UK and 1st in Scotland.

The University of Aberdeen was ranked 27th in the UK, placing it “top 30 in all five major league tables”.

At the beginning of September, Robert Gordon University was ranked as worst in Scotland and joint worst in the UK by the Times Higher Education (THE) 2021 ranking. The Guardian’s 2021 University Guide placed it at 43rd in the UK.

Alastair McCall, editor of The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide, said: “Robert Gordon is one of the leading modern universities in the UK with a proud record of producing graduates that employers want.

“This makes a compelling case for Robert Gordon to be Scottish University of the Year, particularly when combined with a hefty 17-place rise in our UK academic ranking this year and levels of student satisfaction with teaching quality and the wider university experience that are among the highest in the UK.”

Professor Steve Olivier, who was appointed Principal and Vice-Chancellor at RGU earlier this year, said he was “thrilled” by the result which “could not have been gained without the incredibly hard work of staff from across the university”.

RGU was also shortlisted for a hat-trick of Times Higher Education (THE) 2020 awards, having made it as a finalist for Outstanding Entrepreneurial University of the Year, Business School of the Year and Innovative Teacher of the Year.

The University of Aberdeen was named Scottish University of Year in 2019, a title which was highly publicised by the University.

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