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QAA Quality Mark for Robert Gordon University

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Robert Gordon University quality mark
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A team of QAA reviewers visited the university and judged that it has effective arrangements for securing academic standards and enhancing the student learning experience.

The positive review identified a number of examples of good practice. These include:

  • The proactive approach RGU takes to establishing strong relationships with employers and professional, statutory and regulatory bodies for the benefit of students. These relationships complement the curriculum, are recognised and valued by staff and students, and provide diverse opportunities for students to gain work-related experience. Of particular note is RGU’s Talent Exchange initiative, which aims to widen work-related experience opportunities by connecting local businesses and organisations, specifically small and medium sized enterprises, with students and staff.
  • The commitment to engage with students in a partnership, together with the effective student representation arrangements provide considerable opportunity for students
    to influence policy and practice. Students are recognised and rewarded for these activities through Student Contribution and Involvement Awards and the university’s credit-bearing Extracurricular Award.

The review also highlighted that RGU has a strong commitment to widening access, demonstrated by proactive outreach strategies specifically designed to support non-traditional students in accessing the university.

The review identified some areas for development, for example:

  • Building on existing activity at the university to address pockets of variability around assessment and feedback by clarifying minimum expectations of staff and students.
  • Developing aspects of the research student experience to further strengthen the research culture and community.

The Principal of Robert Gordon University, Professor Ferdinand von Prondzynski, said: ‘I am delighted that RGU has performed well in this important review. It demonstrates that our staff show strong dedication in developing and delivering a high quality educational agenda and student experience offering, as well as a commitment to widening access to university.

‘We place students and their graduate prospects at the top of our priorities, ensuring they achieve an industry-recognised qualification, as well as a high skill set, so we warmly welcome being acknowledged for our engagement with employers.

‘We value our student feedback and work closely with the student body to ensure we offer a university experience which meets their expectations so it is great that this partnership has been recognised by the QAA.’

A successful review means that Robert Gordon University can display the QAA Quality Mark, indicating to UK and international students that the University meets national requirements for standards and quality.

The review team comprised: Mr Brian Green (Academic Reviewer), Dr Abigail Hind (Academic Reviewer), Professor Paddy Maher (Academic Reviewer), Dr Roy Ferguson (International Reviewer), Ms Jeanine Sogaard-Forland (Student Reviewer) and Mr Tony Platt (Coordinating Reviewer).

About Robert Gordon University in Scotland, the UK

Award Title:Bachelor of Science (Honours) Occupational Therapy
Length of Program:4 years full time
Prerequisites:completed high school diploma. English required and one from Chemistry, Physics or Biology, as well as Maths.
Interview:Interview may be required for Robert Gordon University
Application Dates:Applicants are advised to apply 9 months in advance.
Annual Tuition Fees:Contact KOM Consultants for latest tuition fees 1-877-318-8203
Faculty:Health Sciences

We are delighted to introduce you to Robert Gordon University, situated in Aberdeen, on the North East coast of Scotland. Robert Gordon University has a heritage going back 250 years, and it was granted university status in 1992. Since then the university has gone from strength to strength, proactively engaging with businesses in the development of many of its degree courses and meeting regional and national needs at a time of constant change and development. As a result we have a reputation for producing graduates that are highly sought after by employers.

Today Robert Gordon University delivers more than 300 courses to over 15,000 full and part-time students from 120 countries. Over the last decade we have consistently had one of the best records of any UK university for graduate-level employment and we were quoted in The Times Good University Guide 2013 as the best modern university in the UK – for the fifth year running.

Robert Gordon University Bachelor of Science (Honours) Occupational Therapy Overview

As an Occupational Therapy student at Robert Gordon University in Scotland students will be taught within RGU’s purpose-built facilities that include a Social Care Setting and Clinical Skills area. This will allow the student to develop and practice skills before using them in the work place. Occupational Therapy (OT) students at Robert Gordon University will benefit greatly from the practice placements which are integrated throughout the four years of the course. Occupational Therapy students will also spend significant periods of time undertaking ‘situated learning activities’ within the local community, gaining experience and learning about people and their day to day situation and activities within the community.