The University of Aberdeen aims to provide a student experience that is second to none and funding through the Development Trust from many alumni, friends and supporters has been vital.

Your support has enabled the following student services and activities:-

  • Student Study Support Grants – to undertake study for dissertations, electives and fieldwork.
  • Summer Schools for Access – enabling access to university for school leavers and mature students.
  • Travel bursaries – to attend relevant conferences, seminars and consultations.
  • Sports bursaries – to enable highly skilled students to compete at national level.
  • Hardship bursaries – to support students with particular financial difficulties.
  • Hotstarts - to enable Medicine or Biomedical Sciences students to gain crucial laboratory experience.
  • Club and societies – such as the Opera Society, TAU Racing and Business Enterprise.
  • Student services – to enable vital support services such as the confidential Niteline listening service.

Your gift can support various areas which directly effect and enhance the student experience, such as:

Nightline Support Service

Niteline is an overnight support service run by the Aberdeen University Student Association (AUSA). It’s a fully confidential and student-run listening service for a wide range of problems. AUSA was awarded £2,000 which was used to train 21 new volunteers a key awareness raising campaign including Niteline Awareness Week, events and branded merchandise.

“Thanks to the Future Fund we were able to invest in these marketing materials as well as some pop up banners that we will be able to use for years to come to ensure the service is visible around campus”
Aberdeen University Students' Association

Aberdeen University Student's Association

“Societies often struggle to raise funds to help run larger events that may help attract members and also increase community relations. Due to the Development Trust graciously granting the Societies Union £10,000 it allowed us to give societies the chance to pull off large events that may be otherwise too risky to attempt. This allowed us to grant 16 societies the chance to run many different events.”
Sean McNally, Societies President 2011/2012

The events which received funding were:

  • Arab House Society – Arab Culture Open Day
  • Ogston Surgical Society – July 2012 Conference
  • Swing Dance – Hop Potato Swing Dance Festival
  • Wilderness Medical Society – Pre-Hospital Trauma Medicine Conference
  • Aberdeen University African Caribbean Society – Debating Challenge
  • Capoeira Society – Competition in Italy
  • Comedy – The Comedonians, Edinburgh Fringe Show
  • Highland Frontier – Up Helly Aa Festival
  • Malt Whisky Society – 1stAnnual Aberdeen Whisky Festival
  • Society for Petroleum Engineers – Oil and Gas Conference – April 2012-05-30
  • Dance Society – Dance Competition in Sunderland
  • Treading The Boards – Thoroughly Modern Mille
  • Aberpella – Voice Festival
  • Concert Band – Concert Night May 2012
  • Improv Theatre Society – Improv Workshop
Student Study Support Grants

Student Study Support Grants enable students to undertake study for dissertations, electives and fieldwork, much of which is vital to their course. Laura Giles was able to undertake a placement working as a Spanish Representative at the United Nations in Vienna thanks to a Student Study Support Grant.

“The Student Study Support Grant meant that I could carry out this internship without having to worry about costs. It was absolutely crucial and contributed to making the experience absolutely unique. Opportunities like working as an intern at the UN are certainly wonderful experiences at a personal and professional level but not everyone can pay for them. Offering these grants really help those who are just as qualified and eager, but do not have the resources to apply for internships.”
Laura Giles, Economics – International Relations student


Hotstarts 8 week Summer placements enable Medicine or Biomedical Sciences students to gain crucial laboratory experience.

“This lab project gave me an invaluable insight into the workings of a lab environment, further than we are able to experience during university courses. The levels of supervision and our expected independent work were much greater than I had previously experienced. This was an ideal opportunity to prepare me for my Honours project and without Hotstart funding it would have been impossible for me to undertake this placement.”
Ben Dawson, Biochemistry student 

Transition Programme

The University’s Student Support department receives funding from the Development Trust to run a transition programme for students on the Autistic Spectrum.

“It has been evident already that this year’s event has helped the participants to settle in to the University with fewer difficulties in the initial stages. As well as helping with the retention of students, I have been informed that this is helping to promote the University of Aberdeen as an institution which is particularly positive about disabled students.”
Rachel Salmon, University of Aberdeen Senior Disability Adviser