Corporate Partner Programme

Robert Gordon founded the College to bring economic benefit to the North-east of Scotland. The Wood Foundation Centre for Science and Technology is our latest commitment to the region. At Robert Gordon's College, we believe providing practical opportunities and experiential learning will benefit our pupils - that's why we've launched ScientistsPlus, our Corporate Partner Programme - the first of it's type in the UK.

Our ScientistsPlus programme builds alliances with industrial partners to:

  • bring real-world expertise in to our laboratories and workshops.
  • give pupils the chance to experience industrial practice within a company.
  • become a regional centre of excellence for Science and Technology for the wider community.

Corporate Partners 

ARR Craib Transport Ltd

ARR Craib Transport Ltd is an Aberdeen-based haulage firm which has grown to become one of the largest transport logistic companies in the UK. Today, ARR Craib provides services within the local, radial, UK and international transport markets from bases and distribution hubs in Aberdeen, Cumbernauld, Stockton on Tees and Great Yarmouth. Services include rail freight and rail terminal management, warehousing, material handling, facilities management and manpower provision. 

One of ARR Craib’s key values is supporting education and development - a value the company upholds by supporting staff on all aspects of their professional and personal development. The Robert Gordon’s College Corporate Partner Programme provides the company with a platform for sharing that value with the wider community and to support the educational growth and development of young people.

Eddie Anderson, Chief Executive Officer said: “Our participation in the programme allows ARR Craib to support the next generation of talented engineers and scientists and will help to ensure the city continues to develop as a hub of innovation and thought leadership. As an employer we strive to help our people reach their full potential, and that value is mirrored in what Robert Gordon’s College hopes to achieve through its Science and Technology Centre. This centre will greatly benefit and inspire young people from all walks of life, and open their eyes to the world of opportunities beyond the classroom walls.”

Craig Group

Craig Group is a global shipping and energy services company headquartered in Aberdeen. Craig Group was founded in 1933 as a family owned and managed business and has grown to become one of Scotland’s most successful businesses. It is listed as one of Scotland’s top 100 companies and ranked in the top 20 offshore companies in the North East of Scotland.

The Craig Group continue to place great importance on giving back to the communities in which they operate in the key areas of the Arts, Education and Sports whilst also supporting local charities. 

Douglas Craig said: “It is important to ensure that the education of the next generation of leaders in North-East Scotland will develop young people in all skill sets, in performance as fully as in science. It is pleasing to work with a school which share the same values in terms of quality and excellence as the Craig Group. It is a privilege to be able to give back to the school community what Gordon’s has given to so many of our family.”


For two decades IFB has been providing critical connectivity and ICT services to the UK market place. Its key markets include the demanding on and offshore Oil and Gas sector, professional services and public and third sector.

IFB provide a range of managed digital services across the UK from their Aberdeen Data Centre.  It designs, deploys, manages and supports key services.  As a technology company, based in Aberdeen, IFB feel passionately about insuring young people to pursue a career in Science and Technology and are delighted to be involved in inspiring the next generation of scientists and engineers.

Graeme Gordon, Chief Executive Officer at IFB states “The new centre can give the future generations the opportunity to learn first hand from the experts and be fully immersed in the evolving world that is science and technology.” 

Lincoln IP

Lincoln IP is a modern firm of patent and trade mark attorneys.  Based in Scotland, with offices in Aberdeen and Glasgow, Lincoln IP’s specialism is providing businesses with sensible, strategic advice on patents, trade marks and designs. 

The business was founded in Aberdeen and is, to an extent, dependent on the North-East’s strength as a centre of excellence for Science and Technology.  The College’s Corporate Partner Programme enables the company to make a contribution to the development and education of the region’s future scientists, technologists and inventors. 

Matt Lincoln, Patent Attorney said “We are excited to partner with Robert Gordon’s College to help raise the profile of Science and Technology - and the role that intellectual property has to play - amongst the College’s pupils and the wider community.  Our attorneys work at the interface of technology, commerce, and law.  Every day they are required to exercise their training as scientists, their skills in language and communication, and their knowledge of our clients’ businesses.  The ScientistsPlus programme’s objective - of developing talented, scientifically-minded students with multi-disciplinary skills - resonates with us.  We recognise the importance of a diverse skills and knowledge base in our own team and in the region’s future business leaders.” 

Johnston Carmichael

Johnston Carmichael are Scotland’s largest independent Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors.  From our beginnings in Moray to Scotland’s major cities, the business has grown to include offices across 11 locations throughout Scotland, including membership of the global accounting network, PKF International Ltd. We now have over 700 staff and Partners and are now one of the top 20 accountancy firms in the UK.

Specialists consult across a whole range of disciplines, from audit to tax, to business and personal finance. From one-man bands to large-scale organisations, Johnston Carmichael connect across Scotland, providing a comprehensive range of services through our industry sectors and service lines.
Sandy Manson, Chief Executive, comments “We are proud to be a supporter of Robert Gordon's College and strongly believe in the development of young people and giving them every opportunity to excel in their particular talents.”

Maersk Oil

Maersk Oil is an international oil and gas company with operated production of over 500,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day. Turning complex and challenging fields into commercial successes has been the cornerstone of Maersk Oil’s business since 1962. As part of the A.P.Moller - Maersk Group, which has existed for more than 100 years and operates in more than 130 countries, Maersk Oil is backed by a global conglomerate renowned for its long-term investment strategies, impressive history and strong values.

Claire Sherry, Subsurface Lead, Maersk Oil UK: "Maersk Oil values innovative and fresh thinking. At Robert Gordon’s College, learning has been pushed into a new dimension with the creation of the new science and technology teaching facility. We hope this helps nurture new perspectives and greater understanding of global issues."

NovaBiotics Ltd

NovaBiotics Ltd is a leading clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on the design and development of first-in-class anti-infectives for difficult-to-treat, medically unmet diseases. Bridging the gap between professional science and science in the classroom, we are working with NovaBiotics Ltd to bring commercial research scientists into regular contact with senior school pupils.

Dr. Deborah O'Neil, Chief Executive Officer and Scientific Officer said: "This new partnership with Robert Gordon's College is an excellent addition to the educational outreach offered by the NovaBiotics team. We aim to inspire young bioscience talent locally and nationally and began our partnership this year with a Researcher in Residence programme at RGC, placing two of our talented, successful commercial scientists who highlight a thriving and dynamic Life Sciences sector in Aberdeen. We are excited that the partnership is the beginning of a pipeline of opportunities for pupils that thrive to become STEM stars of the future and nurture this ethos to encourage them to play a role in the growth of the sector across the region."

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Get in Touch

If you would like to discuss further or are interested in getting involved please contact Laura Presslie, Director of Development, Marketing and Admissions via the Development Office or call +44 (0)1224 611236.