Robert Gordon University is a modern university in Aberdeen. The university's focus is strongly on vocational and professional courses and it lists its key contributions as being in the areas of nursing, business, law, engineering, science, computing, art, design, architecture, pharmacy and health sciences. As a result of this vocational focus, the university has one of the best graduate recruitment records in the UK.
The university operates through two faculties, the Faculty of Design and Technology and the Faculty of Health and Social Care, plus the Aberdeen Business School. Most of Robert Gordon's courses can be studied on a part-time basis. The university also provides a wide range of distance learning facilities over the Internet.
Robert Gordon used to have two campuses. The Schoolhill campus lay close to the city centre of Aberdeen while the Garthdee campus is a little less than three miles away on the banks of the River Dee. The Garthdee campus is now the focus of all teaching following spending of over £160 million in recent years with new buildings for both the Aberdeen Business School (designed by Norman Foster) and the Faculty of Health and Social Care. It is also the site of a state-of-the-art Sports Centre which opened in February 2005.
University accommodation is guaranteed to first year students not local to the area.
The origins of Robert Gordon University date back to the foundation in 1750 of Robert Gordon's Hospital, a residential school for boys using a bequest left by wealthy Aberdeen merchant Robert Gordon, who had died in 1731. In 1881 this institution started to diverge. One part became a day school known as Robert Gordon's College, which still remains. The second part, still at the time part of the college, worked with the Aberdeen Mechanics' Institute to established adult education classes in a range of subject. In 1903 the then Scottish Education Department recognised he vocational courses offered by the college, combined this part of the college with the Gray's School of Science and Art, and renamed what emerged as Robert Gordon's Technical College.
In 1965 this became the Robert Gordon's Institute of Technology, and in 1991 the name changed - slightly - once more to The Robert Gordon Institute of Technology. In 1992 it was awarded full university status as The Robert Gordon University.
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