Launch of first Changemaker Campus in Scotland

01 April 2015

Launch of first Changemaker Campus in Scotland

Social entrepreneur Mel Young

Social entrepreneur Mel Young, co-founder of the Big Issue and Homeless World Cup, addressed students, staff and social entrepreneurs at an event to celebrate Glasgow Caledonian University’s designation as an Ashoka U Changemaker Campus on Tuesday, March 31.

GCU is the first university in Scotland to achieve Ashoka U recognition of its global leadership role in promoting social innovation education and has joined a network of leading universities and colleges including Brown, Cornell, Duke and Johns Hopkins.

Mr Young spoke of the importance of bringing institutions together to tackle inequality and the challenges faced by modern society. He said: “We need to create a new paradigm based on fairness and community. There are huge challenges in the world and it is about how we can participate and change the world. We are all changemakers.”

Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Pamela Gillies CBE welcomed speakers including Ross Hall, Global Leader at Ashoka Europe; Pauline Graham, CEO of Social Firms Scotland; Neil McLean, CEO of Social Enterprise Academy; Professor Valerie Webster, Vice Principal and Pro Vice-Chancellor Learning and Student Experience and a team of student social entrepreneurs from GCU.

Simon Teasdale of the Yunus Centre added: “GCU shares Ashoka U’s belief that everybody has the potential to be a changemaker. By remaining committed to our social mission, For the Common Good, we will continue to drive change in education and develop graduates who are equipped and determined to tackle social injustice.”