Pupils pitch in at RGU

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Three senior pupils from Brechin High School have picked up new skills follow a week of work experience at Robert Gordon University

Sixth year pupils Lee Robertson (18) and Nadia Anderson (17) joined fifth year pupil Sarah Smith (16) to shadow teams at the university at the end of last month.

Lee, who is interested in pursuing a career in journalism, worked with RGU’s communications team. Throughout his week with the team Lee worked on a number of press articles and attended the Aberdeen Economic Summit which was held at the university on Wednesday, November 25.

He said: “My work with the communications team has been a great experience. The staff welcomed me and gave me the opportunity to work on a number of press stories about events at the university. I have learned a number of new skills like how to write a press release and also gained an insight in to the media world which will stand me in good stead for the future.”

Nadia worked with the RGU’s Student Association, where she supported a number of projects including the Go Green program which raises awareness about environmental and sustainability topics.

She said: “The experience has been really good, the staff and students at RGU were all very welcoming. Working with the Student Association allowed me to participate in areas of university life I otherwise wouldn’t have been able to do.”

Sarah worked with Access RCU team who facilitate school visits and evening sessions for pupils who are keen to find out more about the university. She worked behind the scenes to plan a successful session for Access to Creative Education Scotland (ACES) students and also interviewed a number of students also undergoing the work experience program at RGU.

She said: “I really enjoyed my week at the university and the team were fun to work with. The jobs I was given were interesting and gave me an opportunity to experience working in an office environment and learn new skills.”

Geraldine Lynch, who works on the Access RGU programme, helped to organise the pupil’s work experience: “We were delighted to welcome the pupils from Brechin High School for a week of work experience and I’m pleased to hear that they’ve all picked up new skills which will help them in the future. They made a valuable contribution to each of the teams they were working with and the positive feedback we’ve had from staff means that the placements were a resounding success.”