Susan Grant

Community and Public Engagement Coordinator
Susan has been employed by Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) since 2000 after graduating from The University of Strathclyde with BA in Business. Before moving over to establish GCU's flagship widening access project, The Caledonian Club in August 2008, she held positions in Human Resources, Organisational Development and The GOALS Project (Greater Opportunity for Access and Learning with Schools) where she managed a team to work across 250 primary schools and bring 12,000 pupils to university campuses across the West of Scotland each year. Through her role in the Caledonian Club, Susan really enjoyed developing creative projects with partner schools and mapping them to The Scottish Curriculum for Excellence. She was very proud of GCU’s support for early intervention, working with families of future first generation students and student employability as Susan believes that education is the most important tool we have to tackle poverty and inequality both here in Scotland and globally.

Since 2012, Susan has been the main point of contact for Community and Public Engagement (CPE) at GCU, making links between community and university to add value to existing research and teaching and develop new initiatives for meaningful engagement with the public. Susan’s main motivation is to influence the university and the HE sector from the perspective of community . She does this by building trust and reciprocal partnerships with community organisations in Glasgow to understand the issues for people and codevelop activities to address these and by supporting staff and students to develop their skills and experience as community-engaged learners and researchers. Under the GCU Engagement and GCU STEM brands, Susan has directly engagement with or supported the engagement of over 22,000 members of the public involving hundreds of members of staff and students from across the University and community partners. She also started GCU’s local Three Minute Thesis competition. The cultural engagement and common good opportunities and shared benefits which arise from this work has inspired and sustained her longstanding engagement.

Susan plays an active role in her own local community and has volunteered in the past for Police Scotland as an Independent Custody Visitor and running the fundraising and events for her children's school parent council. She currently provides social media and community engagement support to community organisation, Friends of Huntly Park to protect and promote an important green space and throughout the pandemic, has been doing shopping deliveries for the charity, Cosgrove Care.

Susan would be delighted to hear from you if you are involved or would like to get involved in CPE or have an engagement activity to discuss.