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Student Buddy Campus Tour

By RGrant 08 Apr 2021

Take a virtual tour of the stunning RGU campus on the banks of the River Dee. 

Follow Student Buddies Mercy and Kolemartins as they navigate the campus, delivering historical anecdotes, fun facts and their own hints and tips on student life.

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Fun Facts

The River Dee

  • The countryside it passes through is known as Deeside, or Royal Deeside.  This is where the picturesque villages of Braemar and Banchory are.
  • Queen Victoria came to love this part of Aberdeenshire and her husband acquired Balmoral Castle there, building a new castle to replace the old one. Queen Victoria reigned in the UK between 1837 and 1901.
  • Balmoral Castle grounds are open to visitors in the summer months. The current Queen Eilizabeth holidays there normally in August.
  • Queen Victoria famously said of Deeside: “"All seemed to breathe freedom and peace, and to make one forget the world and its sad turmoils.”
  • A bus trip to the villages of Ballater and Braemar is a lovely day out. You can buy a day ticket for the bus 201 at Union Square, which will allow you to visit both villages in the same day by hopping on and off the bus at the two locations.

Ishbel Gordon Building 

  • This is named after Ishbel Maria Hamilton-Gordon, Marchioness of Aberdeen who was a Scottish author, philanthropist, and an advocate of woman's interests.
  • She was also she was viceregal consort of Canada from 1893 to 1898 and of Ireland from 1906 to 1915.
  • She was active in social reform, and held classes for her own servants on reading, singing, carving and other activities.
  • During her time in Ireland, she became the first president of the Housing and Town Planning Association of Ireland, campaigning for better housing and public spaces.
  • She also supported women’s rights, and in Canada became the first president of the International Council of Women.

Grays School of Art

  • Grays is one of the oldest art schools in Scotland.
  • It was founded way back in 1885 by local businessman and philanthropist John Gray as Gray's School of Science and Art.
  • John Gray began his working life as a carpenter but eventually rose to become a partner in an engineering firm and then the Director of Aberdeen Mechanics Institution.
  • The current building was designed by Michael Shewan and was influenced by the Illinois Institute of Technology campus.
  • Each summer Grays students host a not to be missed degree show of all their work.

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