Presidents Blog - New Academic Structures at RGU

For being a student President at RGU, there is never a more exciting time than right now. This summer has seen a massive amount of change going on throughout the university, from a restructure of senior management and new Vice Principals, to a staff voluntary severance programme, and now an academic restructure. While all of these changes are aimed at improving student life and make the running of the university better, it certainly keeps us busy. 

 

The latest area the University management has addressed is the academic structures of courses, schools, and faculties. In the past few months, there was an external review to see if our structures are the most effective, and out of that review a new proposed structure has been agreed. I wanted to post a blog to give you an update on what has happened and the changes that will take place soon. 

 

As of the 30th September, the faculties at RGU will be dissolved and replaced by a structure of eleven schools and a single Graduate School. The schools previously in the Faculty of Design and Technology and Faculty of Health and Social Care will stay the same with very little change and impact. 

 

However, the former Aberdeen Business School shall see more of a restructure, with the formation of three new schools. The Aberdeen Business School title and brand will continue, but will only cover Management and Accounting and Finance courses. A new Law School will be formed, and a new School of Communication, Marketing and Information (final title to be confirmed).

 

 

Will these changes affect my course? 

None of the changes taking place will affect your course, and the teaching, degree and content of all courses across the university will stay the same. During the summer there have been some staff changes alongside the academic restructuring, so some staff may have changed or left the university, however, every effort has been made so that this a minimal impact on your course (in many cases none at all).

 

Why has this happened?

The purpose of all the changes taking place over summer is to improve the running of the university and empower and streamline staff in schools to provide a better experience for students. The University has made clear that it continues to keep the student experience as a priority in all of its activities.

 

While there is change taking place across the university, your Union is here to represent you.  Your representatives are working in partnership with the university to make sure that these changes have the best interests of students at heart.

 

If you have any questions, concerns or feedback you would like to raise, please feel free to get in touch with me on prescd@rguunion.co.uk 

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