Your Voice

 

Student representatives work to feedback the views of their class to the University and Union. They are elected in their individual courses and work with their peers to discuss any issues they are facing and report back any updates on decisions from the University. Student representatives participate in a wide range of mechanisms, from attending student representative meetings, to sitting on university committees, to participating in digital forums. Student reps have the power to make big changes at RGU whether that is introducing 24 hour library access, or launching a new distance learning newsletter called 'Connected', student reps make changes everyday.

 

Whether you are studying on campus, or at a distance, you have the opportunity to become a student representative. All you have to do is e-mail or speak to your course leader at the start of your academic year, and ask them if you can be a representative. If you want more information, you can e-mail the RGU:Union President (Education and Welfare) or visit the webpage. 

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School officers are lead student representatives for a group of courses, and work to represent the views and make improvement to schools at RGU. School officers are part - time paid roles for students to actively engage in gathering student feedback, and to work on enhancement projects to make life better for students in a particular school. Along with officers who are physically on campus, there is also a distance learning school officer, who represents the views of the online learning community. These students school officers sit on various committee meetings, undertake research into feedback, and plan projects to make positive changes. You can find out more information about the roles by contacting the RGU:Union President (Education and Welfare) or by visiting the School Officers webpage. 

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Equality Champions are another type of student representative who cover students who define into protected charateristics. These students aim to work with the Union and University to improve the experiences of minority groups. There are a range of different roles from womens, to LGBT+, to disability, to interfaith and more. Students from any background can get in touch with the champions if they have any issues they would like considered. The students will work to share feedback, and host events and run campaigns to challenge behaviours in the student community. Further information can be found by contacting the RGU:Union President (Education and Welfare) or Vice President (Wellbeing and Equal Opportunities), or by visiting the webpage. 

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Executive Committee is the student leadership for RGU:Union the consists of the elected Presidents and Vice Presidents. The student Presidents are full time, paid officers who work to run the Union and be the voice of students at the University. There are also a range of part time, voluntary Vice Presidents who have particular remits ranging from international, events, sports, societies and more. These students work to make decisions on improving the student experience and run a number of projects to enhance the experience of students both on campus and off campus. 

Students are invited to get in touch with their elected Presidents and Vice Presidents to share their views, find out about their work, or to get updated on the work that the Union is doing. You can find the full list of the committee and their contact addresses by clicking here

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Your Opportunities

 

Societies are a big part of university life, and are groups of students with a common interest who come together to meet each other, host events and develop skills. Societies can range from academic based groups, to cultural or faith based, to hobbies and interest focused. There are a broad range from Business, to Nursing, to Photography,  to Gaming or Harry Potter. While many of these societies primarily focus on on-campus students, there are opportunities for students studying at a distance to engage and get involved. 

  • Photography Society has the potential for students from all over the world to get involved and share their passion for photography. Get your camera and phone out and share your snaps with the RGU community in Aberdeen, ask questions to fellow members through social media about improving your pictures, or if you are a skilled photographer, why not run a Skype session and share your experiences with the on-campus students hosting meetings at RGU. Visit the photography society pages here, or click here to send them an e-mail. 
  • Language Society brings students from around the world together to learn and explore other languages. Why not share your language from a distance? A lot of the society works to have student tutors teaching students different languages, it would be possible to do this over Skype if you wanted to teach your language or learn a new language abroad. Visit the pages here, or click here to send them an e-mail. 
  • RGU LGBT+ Society provides a safe space for students who define as LGBT+ to share their experiences, socialise and support others who may struggle with their identity. The network of LGBT+ students does not simply have to be on campus, through social media, e-mail and other tools, it may be possible for distance learning students to meet people in similar situations to them, discuss their feelings and find comfort in other RGU students. Visit the pages here, or click here to send them an e-mail. 

These are just three examples of different societies of different types from interest, academic and welfare which distance learning students can engage in. The full list of societies can be found by clicking this link, and if you have questions, or perhaps want to set up your own society, you can contact Stevie Kearney at RGU:Union or our Vice President (Societies). 

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Sports Clubs are a great way to stay fit, meet new people and share a common interest. RGU has over thirty sports clubs that meet regularly and compete for RGU all over the country. Although a significant majority of sports club activities involve training and activity within RGU, the sports community could allow students from all over the world to meet people with similar interests, discuss the sports they are passionate about, and share tips and advice on getting the best sporting performance. Furthermore, supporting #TeamRGU doesn't mean you just have to be in Aberdeen. You could watch Purple Wednesdays, our weekly sports TV show on RGU:TV which gives you the latest updates on the matches and fixtures for the sports teams. You could show your support through social media and other ways and be a part of team RGU. If you have questions about sports clubs, the full list can be found by clicking this link, or you can contact our President (Sport and Physical Activity) to find out more. 

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Student Media at RGU includes RGU:Radio, RGU:TV and Radar Magazine. The media groups bring students together to create interesting, entertaining and student friendly content about life at RGU. Just because you might not be in Aberdeen, doesn't mean you cannot get involved. With student radio, perhaps you could record your own podcasts at home that could be played on radio, or even support the team with social media promotion, web design, editing and more. Videos for RGU:TV could be produced anywhere around the world. If you have a camera and a passion for video, you can go out and record your own videos from your country, show us cooking from your culture, create advice videos and much more. Finally, for Radar Magazine, articles can easily be written from anywhere. The team are always looking for content for the website, so write away, share your experiences and passion, help the team promote the content. There are many ways to get involved. 

Find out more about RGU:Radio, by clicking this link or e-mailing the team here.

Find out more about RGU:TV, by clicking this link or e-mailing the team here.

Find out more about Radar Magazine, by clicking this link or e-mailing the team here.

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RGU:RAG stands for 'Raising and Giving' and is the charity fundraising group at RGU:Union. The volunteers for RAG host events, fundraisers, and participate in challenge events to try and raise as much money and do as much good for charity as possible. No matter where in the world you are, you can always get involved in charitable projects and fundraising. Perhaps you are raising money from a cause that matters to you, RAG can give you advice and support. Why not hold a fundraising event in your local community and contribute to RGU's RAG total. Perhaps you could participate in Movember for RGU:RAG and join #TeamRGU. Finally, RAG also hosts a number of challenge events each year where students raise money and travel around the world to do challenges such as climbing Mount Kilimunjaro. There are many opportunities for you to give back as well as support others. Click here to find out more about RGU:RAG or e-mail our RAG Chair here. 

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Volunteering is a great way to develop your skills and experience and boost your CV. Volunteering involves giving up your time for a project or cause. This might be helping at one off events, or perhaps doing regular shifts at a local charity, or working on your own project for the benefit of others. Volunteering can take place anywhere, anytime, so look out for opportunities. RGU:Union rewards and celebrates volunteering achievement, so make sure to log your volunteering hours and get your work included on your university record. If you are looking for opportunities and want to know more, the contact Stevie Kearney, our Student Development and Volunteering Coordinator at RGU:Union who will be able to help answer any of your questions. 

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Your Wellbeing

 

Advice and Support are key parts of the work of the Union. While university life is great fun and has loads of opportunities, it can also get stressful and difficult. The Union is here to support students in times of need and to be an independant voice from the university. Whether you need advice on academic issues, such as academic misconduct, extensions, plagiarism, or need someone to talk to, our student advisor is here to help. All you have to do is e-mail advice@rguunion.co.uk or call 01224 26 2294.

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RGU:Nightline is an independant, student-run, peer-to-peer support line for RGU students. In order to support students outside of office hours, Nightline operates from 8pm - 8am during term times and is run by student volunteers who are a confidential, non-judgemental ear for any students who need someone to talk to. RGU:Nightline is open and avaliable to all students, whether on campus or at a distance. Students can find out more about RGU:Nightline by clicking here to view their pages. If you wish to contact Nightline, you can call 01224 263646 or e-mail listening@rgu.nightline.ac.uk 

 

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Your Community

 

Freshers is the annual headline event to welcome new students to life at RGU in September. Freshers involves a huge range of events for new and returning students to start each new year with a bang. Events range from huge nightclub events, to a film festival, a sports day, barbecues, music comedy and of course Freshers Fayre make up the annual line up for Freshers. While many of these events take place for on-campus students, even those studying online are welcome to get involved and make the most of Freshers events and activities. There are a range of social media groups where students can meet each other and get to know each other. The Freshers line up can be found by clicking here. 

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Deeview Student Store is the Union's own shop selling all types of items from branded hoodies, gifts and clothing, to stationary, to confectionary and snacks and more. The shop is located on Union Way in Garthdee, but students studying at a distance can still make use of the online shop, which can be viewed by clicking here or they can call up the shop on 01224 262261

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Events are a big part of life at univesity, and the Union hosts events from students journeys all the way from Freshers to Graduation Ball. Throughout the year, there are dozens of different events from awards balls, fairs, music, sports and so much more. The full events listing can be found here. 

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Your Future

 

RGU Go Green is the carbon reduction and sustainability initiative of the Robert Gordon University's Students’ Union (RGU:Union). We aim to raise awareness about environmental and sustainability topics, and provide students, staff and the local community with opportunities to communicate, train and volunteer in areas that empower them to look after the planet, and potentially inspire those interested to seek work in the environmental sector. There are several projects from waste and recycling, water, transport, bike hire scheme, veg bags, community garden and more. The Go Green team can provide advice and support to students all around the world on environmental activities. Find out more about RGU Go Green at their pages here, or e-mail them here. 

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Awards recognise the outstanding work that students do in volunteering, extra curricular activities, societies and sports. Each year, the Union celebrates hundreds of groups and individual students with a wide range of awards to support students employablity and future development. There awards such as volunteering hours, extra curricular award, student involvement and contribution awards, scarlet awards, blues awards and more. Many of these awards are open to students regardless of being on campus or at a distance. Students can contact volunteering@rguunion.co.uk to find out more. 

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Your University

 

Careers

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Library

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Disability

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Study Skills

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Counselling

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Student Help Point

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Your Deals

 

One of the biggest student discount offers is the NUS Extra Card. An NUS Extra card allows you to access hundreds of discounts from a range of different shops, websites and companies. The card costs £12 for one year, £22 for two years, or £32 for three years. The card can be purchased from RGU:Union and also has inclusion with the International Student Identity Card discounts around the world.

  • 20% discounts at Pizza Hut, Giraffe, Frankie and Benny's
  • 10% of the Co-Op Shops
  • 20% off stationary at WHSmith
  • 25% off at National Express
  • 10% off online purchases with Megabus

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One of the best places to go for student discounts is myunidays.com! This free website allows you to register an account with your uni e-mail, which allows you to access a massive range of great discounts. The best options would be:

  • Apple: Get up to 10% off purchases at Apple by using UniDays to verify your student status. You'll then be able to use the Apple Education Store to order your next gadget. You can also buy in the store with a valid student card. Click here to visit the Apple Education Store. 
  • New Look: You can get 10% off New Look purchases in store, and online by registering with UniDays and redeeming your code for use online.
  • Pure Gym: Cash in with a 20% discount on memberships to PureGym if you sign up online and activate a code through UniDays.
  • Microsoft: Redeem up to 15% off purchases at Microsoft if your shop online.You can go to the Microsoft Student Store or visit the UniDays exclusive pages of the Microsoft Store, but logging in through UniDays.
  • Forever 21: Up to 10% off online orders with Forever 21 with a UniDays account!
  • ASOS: You can also get 10% off online orders with ASOS with a code from UniDays.

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Get a Spotify Premium account for only £4.99 a month. All you need is verification with UniDays or NUS Extra. Listen to your playlists with no ads or limits, and even download them to be played offline. Find out more by clicking here

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A great student discount is getting a free Cheeseburger, McFlurry Original or Mayo Chicken with any Extra Value Meal with your student card or UniDays ID.

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Although you can use Microsoft Office at uni, you can also use Microsoft Office 365 online and 1 TB of storage for free with your student e-mail account! There are also discounts avaliable on other Microsoft products with a UniDays account, but you can register for your free Office 365 account to get online access to Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint and more by clicking here.

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This year, Dominos pizza are offering an incredible discount with a Buy One, Get One Free offer at participating stores all year. You'd be able to use the code 'UNIBOGOF' for online orders.

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Students can have a six month free trial of Amazon Prime with Prime Video, Music and Photos and one day delivery, after which there will be a half price £39/year membership. You can also get an extra 5% saving with an NUS Extra card. Information on Amazon Student can be found here

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If you are traveling around the UK a few times a year, then it is certainly worth getting a student railcard that will get you one third off of railway fares. The card will cost £30 for one year and can be purchased online by clicking here.

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