Recently,The Robertson Trust celebrated the graduation of 56 of our 460 Robertson Scholars at a lunch attended by Scotland’s Deputy First Minister John Swinney.
To date, this was our largest ever graduate lunch but as our Chairman, Mark Laing, reminded us ‘the best is yet to come!’. Over the next two years we hope to congratulate over 200 young people from across Scotland, each graduating with a university experience they can proudly market as quite exceptional.
The Graduates’ Lunch has always been a genuine celebration of the successes shared by each Robertson Scholar. However, this year conversations around being not just the first person in your family to attend university, but perhaps the first person in your family to finish school, lead quickly to the value of being part of a network of like-minded people willing you on to succeed. The challenges of assimilating into the world of higher learning and confidently entering graduate level employment should never be underestimated but through the integrity and strength of our scholarship network each graduating Scholar has shown an increase in confidence and personal resilience.
Robertson Scholars continue to write their own success story with over 84% returning 1st and Upper 2nd degree classifications. Regardless of whether you think end of degree results are too blunt an instrument to measure success these young people are already far ahead of the 70% national average (HESA, 2016). Furthermore, if we were to look at the success of a supportive self-development programme based on retention rates then the fact that 90% of our original intake have remained within higher education demonstrates how well this network functions.
A characteristic of all Robertson Scholars is sheer tenacity to succeed so it should hardly be surprising that 30% of our new graduates moved into immediate employment, 11% into funded further study, while 14% were moving towards graduate level employment, all within weeks of completing their degrees. They will begin work as Junior Doctors, Teachers, Pharmacists, Vets, Finance Analysts, Para-legals, Renewable Energy Researchers, Solicitors, and Accountants across organisations such as Arnold Clark, Ashurst Law, Atkins Global, Barclays, Boots, Care Visions, Challenger Sports, Crown Office, National Grid, NHS, PWC, Scott Moncrieff and Scottish Sports Futures. The Robertson Trust is proud to invest in Scotland’s future and happy to work with employers to make the most of this talented young workforce.
This year’s group of graduates show what Robertson Scholars are truly made of and The Robertson Trust is incredibly proud of the high standards they consistently achieve. Their resolve to be the best at whatever they chose to do has shone through in their involvement in a wide range of fundraising events and through the innovative ways they have tried to raise awareness of the importance of scholarship by forming a network of friendship that will last long after graduation.
You can read more about Robertson Trust scholarships, including the bursary programme, here.