Robert Gordon University offers students best value for money in Scotland, survey says

ABERDEEN’S Robert Gordon University offers the best value for money to students in Scotland and second best in the UK, according to a new independent survey.

• Robert Gordon University named as offering students best value for money in Scotland

• Aberdeen institution also named second best in UK in list ranked according to tuition fees, local rental prices and on university guide list

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The Student Value for Money Report 2012, commissioned by Simple Landlords Insurance, ranked 116 universities according to tuition fees, local rental prices and their position on the University Guide’s latest league table.

RGU was placed top for value for money in Scotland with an average cost of £5000 per student per year and second in UK behind the University of Ulster.

Martyn Spence, director of marketing, communications and student recruitment at RGU said: “We are delighted to have our efforts to ensure the highest possible value for students recognised in this way.

“In this time of change in the higher education landscape, we feel it is vital to offer student an exceptional deal. For us, this means academically excellent courses designed to produce students who employers want coupled with realistic prices benchmarked against what we would receive from the Scottish government for an equivalent student.”

David Jackson, Director of Simple Landlords Insurance, said: “Now, more than ever, prospective students will be looking at how to get the best value for money when choosing where to go to university.

“It’s not just about league table positioning anymore. With tuition fees soaring, students and parents alike will be taking into account the total cost of a degree, and exactly what you get for your money.

“The report demonstrates a marked disparity between what students are getting for their money at different universities across the UK.

“It’s quite alarming that only three of the universities that rank in the top ten on the university league table rank in the top ten for value for money. It just shows how worthwhile it can be to do more research before making a final decision.”