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Design • Marketing • advertising • colour printing • Photocopying • Binding • Scanning to file •leaflets Photography • business cards • stationery • Forms • Brochures • Magazines • Newsletters • tickets • Invitations • posters • exhibitions • Large format printing • badges • pull-up banners • catalogues • Annual reports • prospectuses • signage • Labels • booklets • course brochures • postcards • manuals • onsite • online • in touch

good reasons

using The Gatehouse

design & print consultancy at Robert Gordon University

who, what, where, why The Gatehouse is about much more than design and print. It’s about you, your business and what you need from us to keep all Robert Gordon University business partners completely satisfied. Our dedicated and professional staff can help to promote whatever you require to get the best results from your electronic and paper-based communications– and save you time, money and hassle. We’re located in The Gatehouse at the western edge of the Garthdee Campus near the road entrance to Gray’s School of Art. We’ve produced this publication as an overview of our services and facilities. Further details can be found by visiting

creativity We want to help you create desire, improve communication, cut to the chase, intrigue, entertain, explain ideas, impact productivity and add value. Talk to us about what you’d like to communicate and we’ll get our best brains on it.

Nexus October Issue

EMPLOYER PLACEMENT GUIDE Faculty of Design and Technology

Teaching and Learning Feature Celebrating Student Success

Pupils taking part in the Challenge.

Connecting the University community

Head of School of Nursing and Midwifery Retires

Petrochallenge ‘Riding the Rapids’ Two very different high-profile events took place at Robert Gordon University in September. Pupils from across the North-east of Scotland pitted their wits against each other at Petrochallenge 2009 on 1 and 2 September, as they fought to become successful oil and gas operators in the UK heat of the major international competition. Pupils from 37 secondary schools in the area took part in The Oil & Gas Academy PetroChallenge, an online event which saw pupils around the world battle it out as oil barons.

Around 350 S5 and S6 students participated in the third annual two-day event. Formerly known as OilSim, the 2009 challenge has been re-launched by OPITO – The Oil & Gas Academy, in partnership with educational specialist Simprentis. The event was also delivered in partnership with Opito and Simprentis, with prizes including a Robert Gordon University knowledge prize, which was awarded at Offshore Europe. The winning team was Aboyne Academy, who will go on to represent the UK in the international final in London. They will face

fierce competition from other finalists from schools around the globe including the Faroe Islands, Norway, Greenland, Denmark, the US and Canada, in the finals in London in January 2010. Riding the Rapids The second event took place as a result of a global research project commissioned by PSN and McGrigors LLP, by Aberdeen Business School, to examine how some companies continue to prosper despite these times of volatility and uncertainty. Continued on page 3

University Ventures Investment Fund finances first company Robert Gordon University’s Ventures Investment Fund LP (the RGU Fund) has part-funded its first project. The Fund is the first dedicated private equity fund for investment in intellectual property in any modern university in the UK. Thanks to funding from organisations including the RGU Fund, B1 Medical Limited has completed a second round financing of £1.1m.


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Anniversar y Lunch

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BI Medical Limited is the University’s orthopaedics development and commercialisation spin-out company. It is developing a range of innovative new orthopaedic devices based on intellectual property licensed from the founding institutions and has an ongoing pipeline agreement giving it access to future inventions. The RGU Fund was established by Frontier IP, a subsidiary of asset management group,

Sigma Capital Group plc. Specialising in the commercialisation of university intellectual property, Frontier IP has committed £300,000 to the RGU Fund, with the University committing up to £800,000. The RGU Fund aims to help accelerate the development of commercial opportunities emerging from the University’s research programmes, and the Fund has the first right to fianace any spin-out company across any of its faculties.

cost effectiveness Our goal is to deliver to you the best product at the best price. Our staff, digital workflow, Management Information System and highly specialized equipment are all geared up to this end. We also have strategic relationships with external production providers who we can call upon if necessary. So for everything from business cards and forms to large format pull-up banners and everything in between give us a call.

corporate identity We know a thing or two about corporate identity - we’ve been involved with the evolution of the university’s identity over the last twenty years. It’s not just about where to ‘stick the logo’; it’s about design sense, format, production values, good photography and illustration, paper stocks, colour palettes, fonts and file formats. Don’t design your own template; give us a brief and we’ll do our best to wow you and your target audience.


p ho t og r a ph y

We recognise that high quality photographs are the lifeblood of a number of our publications and we have built-up an impressive photo-library of images to draw on. Most are available to use in university documents. If we don’t have what you’re looking for; we can help you find it or shoot it ourselves. Alternatively if you have a special event happening – visiting dignitaries, conferences, exhibitions or students doing something you think new students might like to see – let us know and we’ll do our best to photograph your request for use in future literature.

You want your documents to look their best, you want the quality of your course, product or service to shine through; with our high quality, in-house, full-colour printing service we can make that happen. We have an environmentally friendly computer-to-plate system, a stateof-the-art, full colour press, and time served, qualified printers to operate it. As a ‘wet process’ litho printing is time critical. So for the best quality results try to ensure your proofs are passed ‘ready to print’ as early as possible.

full colour printing

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If you send us a digital file for copying we can direct it to hi-volume digital printers that can print, punch, fold or staple your job; or even all four at once to produce a booklet online. We have a well-stocked comprehensive range of papers and card to help customise your document and at over 100 pages a minute printing you can say goodbye to queueing for the department copier, breakdowns, toner shortages and running out of paper.

collated creased scored folded glued stapled wiro bound comb bound perforated numbered laminated shrink-wrapped drilled. Whatever finish your document needs; we can do it! (or if we can’t we’ll know someone who can).

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added value

We know you’re operating to tight deadlines and quick turnaround times; we’re open for business from 7.00am to 5.00pm most days. We have an online job submission system and a Management Information System that can tell us what stage your job is at, who’s working on it and when we last sent you a proof.

A typical job can develop in any number of different directions; it’s really up to you and your budget. We work on a number of large complex jobs each year, so if you’d like to know where we could take you, get in touch.

the future We take the University’s environmental responsibility very seriously; and we can help you do the same. From environmentally sound processes, print on demand, document scanning and recycled papers from sustainable sources; we can help you to maximise your effect on your target audience whilst minimising your impact on the planet.


Printed on 100% recycled paper

Our order forms are available online at or hardcopies from The Gatehouse reception. If you would like any more information about our services or facilities,would like a tour of our premises or would like a meeting to discuss your requirements please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

more information

administration contacts: Bill Walker, Print Manager x2944 Neil Harrison, Business Administrator x2945 Janice Wright, PT Business Administrator x2947 design contacts: Martin Parker, Design Manager x2942 Alison Allan, Studio Supervisor x2941 Sheena Bowman, Designer x2941 Jenny Ellis, Designer x2941 Sarah Begg, Designer x2941 Annmarie Riddell, PT Designer x2941 print contacts: Raymond Irvine, Print Supervisor x2943 Jon McMillan, Lithographer x2943 Dave Russell, Lithographer x2943 photocopying contacts: Lorne Kerr, Printing Assistant x2940 Brenda Sutherland, Printing Assistant x2940 binding contact: Mary Murray, Finisher x2940

The Gatehouse, Design & Print Consultancy, Garthdee Road, Aberdeen AB10 7AQ T: 01224 262945  F: 01224 262949

The Gatehouse Induction Brochure  

Illustrating the services of The Gatehouse - Design and Print Consultancy at Robert Gordon University