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Robert Gordon University Sets Out Its Orkney Strategy

With a campus in Stromness, Robert Gordon University (RGU), has published an Orkney plan for how it can help the islands thrive.

The Robert Rendall Building Stromness was once the Stromness Primary School. The front is now totally refurbished with grass laid out to the slope
Robert Rendall Building part of the Orkney Research and Innovation Campus Photo Nick Morrison

The 5 year strategy ties in with both the Orkney Council Plan 2023-2028 which focuses on achieving net zero by 2030, widening access for better learning, and investing in better homes. It is also associated with the Orkney Community Plan 2023-30 which aims to reduce poverty, tackle climate change, and improve both digital and transport connectivity.

RGU Orkney 2023-2028 has three primary objectives:

  • Utilising research and knowledge exchange that harnesses RGU expertise to address local challenges.
  • To support the development of skills, educational and entrepreneurship opportunities in Orkney.
  • To create an evidence base to influence and impact policy and practice in other island and remote rural regions through innovative research and teaching programmes.
head and shoulders photo of a smiling Elsa Cox

Elsa Cox, RGU Orkney Development Manager, said:

“The University’s mission to transform people and communities by providing excellent teaching, research and enterprise opportunities which contribute to economic, social and cultural development, and environmental sustainability, is reflected in the new RGU Orkney strategy.

“Building on our activity to-date it is a key moment to consider the aims and objectives of RGU Orkney for the next five years and ensure that our activities closely align with both emerging local priorities and the University’s strategic objectives.”

The strategy will also result in an increase in both staffing and students at the Orkney Research and Innovation Campus (ORIC), Stromness.

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