Student Parents

Support & Advice Services 

Student Parents

Working in partnership with RGU:Union, the Student Life Department is on hand to provide you with advice, support and assistance if you’re managing various responsibilities of academic life, pregnancy and parenthood.

We adopt a flexible approach and make every effort to provide access to learning and enable student parents to achieve their full potential without comprising both academic standards and its responsibility to be fair to all students.

This information is intended to assist prospective students to the university and also visitors with children.

Where can you take your child on campus?

You are welcome to take your child into the following open spaces on campus:

  • RGU: Union (including Kaim Cottage)
  • RGU Sport 
  • The following areas of the Sir Ian Wood Building: level 2 front atrium, bar and refectory areas and the back amphitheatre; level 3 reception and ‘main street’, also the library tower and associated stair and lift access between level 3 and level 5.
  • The main foyer and stairwell of the Ishbel Gordon Building incorporating the art exhibits and the cafeteria space (levels 1 – 4).
  • The main atrium space of the Riverside Building incorporating the cafeteria spaces (level 3).
  • The Garthdee grounds.
  • Intermittently - specified areas of the Gray's School of Art and Garthdee House when art and heritage collection exhibitions are held (this is subject to the conditions surrounding specific events).
  • Graduation activity areas on and off the campus (which may change from time to time) where special assessments and mitigation measures are adopted year by year taking account of the likely attendance of children/young persons.

Breastfeeding Facilities

Under the Breastfeeding etc. (Scotland) Act 2005, RGU upholds the right of those in charge of children under 2 to breastfeed milk in the open spaces listed above. If student parents prefer private facilities for breastfeeding, the first aid rooms located around the University provide suitable facilities where expectant or breastfeeding mothers are able to lie down and rest, and feed or express milk, provided the rooms are not in use for first aid purposes. 

The following rooms have been designated as First Aid Rooms:

  • Aberdeen Business School - 306
  • Gray’s School of Art - GA21
  • Ishbel Gordon Building - H418
  • Garthdee Annexe - SB10
  • Sir Ian Wood Building - N302

Baby Changing Facilities

Baby changing facilities are available at the following locations

  • RGU Sport (male and female toilets) - Level 2
  • Ishbel Gordon Building - 416
  • Sir Ian Wood Building - N316

Nursery Facilities

Based at the Garthdee Campus, Treehouse Early Care Centre is a purpose built facility that provides high quality care and education for children aged 3 months to 5 years.

Open Monday to Friday, 7.30am - 6pm, the centre is staffed by high quality professionals to support your child's learning, physical development and emotional wellbeing. Our day to day curriculum programme supports your child's skills and self-esteem interests to encourage learning.

If you would like further information about the Treehouse nursery please phone 01224 861840 or email


We’re aware that some of you may have extra care responsibilities at home. RGU:Union is here to help student parents, should the balance between work, caring and studying become difficult. We offer a free advice service in order to support you to make the best of your experience. The advisor is independent from the University and will be able to help with anything from filling out extension forms to discussing study options.

RGU:Union also has a President of Education and Welfare with responsibility for representing our diverse range of students. There is a Student Parents' Group that you can join once you are a student, where student parents can get together, chat and provide the Union and university with vital feedback on their experience of being a parent while studying at RGU.

Financial Help

You may be eligible for some financial help to support you when studying, including:

  • Childcare Fund
  • Tax credits
  • Discretionary Fund
  • Lone Parent’s Grant
  • Short Term Emergency Loans
  • Dependants’ Grant

Find out more about Finance & Scholarships


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