Aberdeen Students receive BP Student Tutoring Awards
Students from Robert Gordon University, the University of Aberdeen and Aberdeen
College have successfully completed the BP Tutoring Scheme, a 14 week volunteering
experience as student tutors in primary and secondary schools throughout Aberdeen
A total of 87 students from the three institutions took part in the Scheme, which aims to
improve education in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire - 46 students from Robert Gordon
University, 21 students from the University of Aberdeen and 20 from Aberdeen College.
The students were presented with certificates of participation from their institutions
and the scheme sponsors BP, Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City Councils.
Lucy Bremner, (20) from Caithness, a third year Management with Human Resources
student from Robert Gordon University spoke enthusiastically about her tutoring
experience at Mackie Academy and commented, 'I have been accepted for my PGDE
teaching course and I think I owe a lot of this to the practical experience gained from
the BP Student Tutoring scheme'.
Twenty two year old University of Aberdeen student Roslyn Purdie, who is studying
Politics and International Relations, acted as BP Student Tutor at St Machar Academy.
She said: "It was a great experience and the kids were fantastic - really refreshing and
pretty funny too!"
As Chair of the BP Student Tutoring Steering Group, Christine Buchanan, Dean of
Students at Robert Gordon University said, "The BP Student Tutoring Scheme provides
an exceptional volunteering opportunity. For all participants, students, school pupils and
classroom teachers, it provides an outstanding opportunity to share experiences,
contribute expertise and enhance the school curriculum."
Felicity Keefe from the University of Aberdeen's Career's Service and a representative
on the BP Student Tutoring Steering Group said: "This year we received a strong local
response to the BP Student Tutoring Scheme with over 100 schools within Aberdeen
City and Shire requesting student tutors. The initiative has received positive feedback,
with the schools reporting they have benefited greatly from the enthusiasm and energy
with which the students approached the project."
Shelley Mackenzie, Child Protection and Schools Liaison Co-ordinator at Aberdeen
College said, "This year the scheme attracted more than double the number of our
students from previous years. In total 16 College students successfully complete their
placements in 14 primary and secondary schools. The students came from a variety of
different backgrounds - including those studying for their Highers, Social Sciences, Art,
Music and Performing Arts. They all enjoyed the experience and appreciated being given
the opportunity to work with the pupils."
ENDS 8 May 2009
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Robert Gordon University
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