Iain Hawker, Assistant Principal: Quality and Academic Partnerships at Fife College and Elizabeth Hancock, Vice-Principal for Academic Development and Student Experience at Robert Gordon University sign a Memorandum of Agreement.

Fife College has widened opportunities for local students who want to study towards a degree thanks to a new formal partnership with Robert Gordon University (RGU).

The College has signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the Aberdeen-based University, which replaces and enhances the Advance Entry agreement which has existed between the two institutions since 2012.

Fife College already has a similar agreement in place with nine other universities and is delighted that RGU are now formal partners. The new arrangement adds a further three degrees to the range currently on offer through the College’s Degree Links, offering students greater flexibility and a more affordable option of study by completing the first one or two years of their degree locally at Fife College.

The agreement with RGU creates a direct entry progression for HND students into year 3 of a degree course in three subject areas - BSc (Hons) in Architectural Technology, BSc (Hons) in Quantity Surveying and BA (Hons) in Fashion Management.

Direct entry into year two or three at university ensures that students can continue to move forward with their studies without repeating material and finish their Honours degree in four years, the same timescale as they would have if they had gone straight into year one at university.

Students enrolling into an RGU course, or any other degree link course at Fife College, will be invited to register as an Associate Student enabling them to benefit from university services such as library and IT facilities.

Iain Hawker, Assistant Principal: Quality and Academic Partnerships at Fife College, said: “We very much value our partnership with RGU and are very pleased to have signed this new memorandum which formally recognises our links.

“This signing is an exciting step forward for our degree links programme enhancing our range of degrees and recognised pathways on offer.  We look forward to working with staff at RGU to progress our partnership to benefit students.”

James Dunphy, Director of the Department of Enhancement of Learning, Teaching and Access (DELTA) at Robert Gordon University (RGU) said: “Fife College has an excellent reputation for developing confident and successful learners.

“RGU is delighted to be able to support the College as it increases pathways to degree study for its students and we look forward to welcoming increasing numbers of Fife College graduates to RGU as our relationship develops.”

With articulation agreements in place with 10 universities there are over two hundred formal routes to degrees currently in place plus partnerships with a further four universities. Fife College offers a great deal of choice to those leaving school or looking to enhance their career and progress on to degree level study.