GCU students take part in fundraising campaign

23 February 2015

GCU students take part in fundraising campaign

The Caledonian Club works to raise educational aspirations in young people and their families

Glasgow Caledonian University’s (GCU) annual student telethon has launched this week in a bid to raise funds for the University’s widening participation and community engagement initiative, the Caledonian Club.  

During the three-week campaign, student callers will speak to GCU alumni and ask them to donate to the award-winning initiative.

As well as raising funds, the campaign will give students the opportunity to hear first-hand about the experiences of GCU alumni and how the University has helped to shape their career. The students will update the graduates on GCU developments, ask for feedback on the University’s alumni activity, and let them know about the different ways to stay engaged with GCU.

GCU’s Interim Director of Development, Jillian Watt, said: “GCU’s widening access initiatives have enjoyed another successful year. The Advanced Higher Hub achieved a pass rate of 74% in its first year, the Caledonian Club has now worked with over 9000 pupils and 3000 family members and it was announced that the Director of Outreach and Community Engagement, Eleanor Wilson, is to receive an MBE for services to community education.

“During the telethon, we will ask our alumni to help us to build on this success by making a donation to our regular giving fund.”

As part of the University’s mission ‘For the Common Good’, the Caledonian Club works with schools, children and families in the community to raise educational aspirations in young people and their families, and build key life skills and confidence in pupils and student mentors.  

GCU alumni and friends have so far raised more than £400,000 to support the initiative. Donations from this year’s telethon will be used to build on the current programme of activity and to grow the number of financial assistance scholarships that are available for school pupils who choose to study at GCU.

To find out more about the alumni telethon campaign or to make a donation, visit the Alumni and Friends page