Student Experience

Student Experience

Life as a student is about so much more than just studying.

At the University of Aberdeen we aim to provide the highest quality student and learning experience while creating a lively sense of community and belonging.

Members of the University of Aberdeen Chapel Choir have been able to relish a number of unique opportunities while in New York in November 2018 thanks to the support of visionary, hugely generous donors. They sang in the world's largest Gothic Cathedral, St John the Divine, in front of an audience which included legendary opera singer Jessye Norman and performed with Sheryl Crow at UNICEF's Snowflake Ball in front of a star-studded audience which included Ringo Starr. These experiences would not have been possible without support.

The variety of opportunities made possible by donors to student experiece is vast and another example includes our Development Trust Sports Bursaries which are provided for talented, elite athletes, enabling them to be the best they can be in their chosen sport. Twenty students were involved in 2017/18 and a highlight from their recent achievements has included the selection of Kelsey Stewart, a fourth year Exercise and Health Science student, for the Women’s 4 x 400m Relay Team Scotland squad at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia.

"The Development Trust Sports Bursary has definitely been a huge contributing factor to my achievements. The financial element is crucial because competing is expensive. During both the indoor and outdoor seasons, I can be away competing most weekends and, as I live in the North East, this involves constant journeys to the central belt or England. Thank you so much." Kelsey Stewart 4th year exercise and health science student

You can make a difference by donating from the USA towards student experience today here.

There is an urgent need for funding to support the very best activities and services. This not only enables students to broaden their experiences and develop the widest range of transferable skills but also provides support services, volunteering opportunities and the chance to participate fully in university life.

We need your support for essential student services and activities including:-

  • Study Support Grants – for enhanced study and research for dissertations and fieldwork
  • Summer Schools – enabling access to university for school leavers and mature students
  • Bursaries – including sport, travel and hardship funds
  • Hotstarts - to enable Medicine or Biomedical students to gain crucial lab experience
  • Club and societies – such as the Opera Society, TAU Racing and Business Enterprise
  • Student services – to provide vital support such as the confidential Niteline listening service

The skills gained through a wider student experience, reach far beyond those which relate only to an academic discipline. This provides the most engaging learning experience and vital support which, in turn, greatly helps to enhance employability after graduation.

Find out the impact your gifts have made so far.