Carnegie winners join the Caledonian Club

26 July 2010

Carnegie winners join the Caledonian Club

Heather and Nathan are studying the award-winning Caledonian Club

TWO GCU graduates have been awarded prestigious Carnegie Undergraduate Vacation Scholarships to study the University’s award-winning Caledonian Club.

Heather Smart and Nathan Tagg are researching the initiative, which engages with children as young as three to raise aspirations, transform attitudes to higher education and builds life skills.

Social sciences graduate Heather is a former Caledonian Club mentor and also worked on the Change4Life campaign during her time with GCU.

The title of her study is: Children Changing Families: Impact of Children’s Participation in an Educational Initiative on their Parents and Wider Family.

Nathan graduated in psychology and was the best student in his year. He describes himself as having a “real passion for working with children” and plans to apply for an MSc in child and adolescent psychology, followed by a doctorate in clinical psychology.

He will study: Caledonian Stories: Young Children’s Experience of the Caledonian Club.

Eleanor Wilson, manager of the Caledonian Club, which was named Times Higher Education Widening Participation initiative in 2009 and Educational Initiative of the Year at The Herald Society Awards, said: “It’s great to have such gifted students showing an interest in working with us.

“It will also be extremely useful to get a fresh perspective on the club and its impact on children and families.”

The Vacation Scholarship scheme is open to Scottish students studying at Scottish universities who have shown exceptional merit and would like to devote their full time during the summer vacation to undertake independent study or research which will be of direct benefit to their academic work.

For more information visit The Carnegie Trust’s website.