Double award triumph for Caledonian Club

29 October 2009

University team accepting the award the Times Higher Education Award

University team accepting the award the Times Higher Education Award

GLASGOW Caledonian University’s “outstanding work” with children and families from communities across Glasgow has scooped two prestigious awards.

The university’s Caledonian Club, which works with children and young people, from nursery age onwards, won a national Times Higher Education Award earlier this month and has now picked up a Herald Society Award.

Judges praised the “wonderful initiative” for engaging with children as young as three to raise aspirations, transform attitudes to universities and build life skills.

Dianne Willcocks, Vice Chancellor of York St John University and a member of the panel at the Times Higher Education Awards, said: “The Caledonian Club is a stunning example of how to breathe new life into the very idea of what we mean by lifelong learning.”

The club was named Widening Participation Initiative of the Year at a gala awards ceremony in London on October 15. The national recognition was quickly followed by a successful night at The Herald Society Awards at The Hilton Hotel on Glasgow on October 28.

This time round, the Caledonian Club triumphed in the Education Initiative of the Year category, which recognises “innovative and inspiring” projects.

Dharmendra Kanani, director for Scotland at event sponsors Big Lottery Fund, said: “This year’s entries reflect the commitment and energy of people and organisations across Scotland’s public and voluntary sector.

“I for one was humbled and inspired by the stories of these unsung heroes who are making good things happen in communities up and down the country.”

Professor Pamela Gillies, Principal and Vice Chancellor of Glasgow Caledonian University, said: “Our students and staff share a passionate commitment to lifelong learning and have worked together through the Caledonian Club to open our university to children and families in Glasgow, celebrating their excitement for learning, raising their aspirations, and helping us to explore how people learn throughout their lives.

“The awards are a wonderful accolade and recognise our university’s mission to promote the common good.”