Thursday, 29 April 2010

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The University of Aberdeen is an ancient university founded in 1495, in AberdeenScotland. It is the third oldest university in Scotland, making it the fifth oldest in what is now the United Kingdom, and in the wider English-speaking world.
The modern University of Aberdeen was formed in 1860 by the merger of two pre-existing ancient universities: King's College, located in Old Aberdeen and Marischal College, founded in 1593 and located in the new city of Aberdeen.



 Its picturesque 15th-century King's College campus lies just 20 minutes' walk out of the city centre. The university is investing £230m in new facilities – a library, student centre and sports village, for starters. Aberdeen (or the Granite city, after the rock it is built of) is a charming, student-friendly city with plenty of good pubs.
Fees
Scottish and EU students pay no tuition fees. For other UK students, annual tuition fees are £1,820 in 2010-11 (£2,895 for medicine).
Bursaries
There is a wide range of scholarships available. Visit www.abdn.ac.uk/undergraduate/scholarships.
Accommodation
Guaranteed for all new first-year students. Weekly prices range from £72 to £116 for self-catering accommodation, and from £124 to £145 for catered halls. The university has invested £20m in new accommodation.
Facilities
There's a big focus on keeping the library (one of the largest and best-equipped in Scotland) and computing facilities state-of-the-art. Aberdeen is especially proud of its museum collections. A new £28m sports centre opened in summer 2009 (aberdeensportsvillage.com), and a massive £57m library project is underway with a new library scheduled to open in 2011.
Transport
There's an airport, a station that connects directly to Edinburgh and London, and plenty of good road links. It's an easy stroll or quick bus ride from the university into town. Visit abdn.ac.uk/maps/travel.
Contact
Tel: 01224 272090/91
Email: sras@abdn.ac.uk
Web: abdn.ac.uk/sras
Accommodationabdn.ac.uk/accommodation



History of Aberdeen City:
Aberdeen is a seaport on the north-east coast of Scotland. Lying between the mouths of the Don and the Dee (its name means "mouth of the Dee" in Gaelic). It was initially established by the Romans but it was the Normans who exploited its potential as a port. By the end of the 13th century it was sending fish, wool, hides and timber to other parts of Britain and across the North Sea to Europe.

The city developed from two separate settlements. One known as Old Aberdeen, grew up around St Machar's Cathedral in the north. The other district, commercial Aberdeen, developed in the south, round the harbour on the Dee. Two of the earliest houses, Provost Skerne's House (1545) and Provost Ross House (1595) are now museums.

After the successes of the  Stockton & Darlington and the Liverpool & Manchester lines, Aberdeen merchants began to consider the possibility of building a railway. Under the chairmanship of Thomas Blaikie, the prospectus of the Aberdeen Railway was issued in 1844. Work began in 1845 but there were serious engineering problems. This included the collapse of three arches of a viaduct being built in the town. As a result of these technical difficulties, the railway was not opened until April 1850.

The railway line was a great economic success. Whereas the steamship had permitted trade in live cattle to England, the greater speed of the railway enabled dead meat to be transported. Overnight fish trains from Aberdeen to  Billingsgate in London was another important development.

By the 19th century Aberdeen, also known as 'granite city' after the stone of which it is largely built, was Scotland's largest fishing port.  Aberdeen University was formed in 1860 by the merging of King's College (1494) and Marischal College (1593). 
Source:   http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/ITaberdeen.htm on 27/02/10.


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