GCU’s entrepreneurialism to be highlighted at the Scottish Parliament

10 November 2015

 GCU’s entrepreneurialism to be highlighted at the Scottish Parliament

Glasgow Caledonian University’s (GCU) distinctive approach to learning, teaching and social entrepreneurialism will be showcased at the Universities Scotland event held in the Scottish Parliament today (Tuesday, November 10).

Universities Scotland is hosting a reception for Scottish institutions to demonstrate the contribution the higher education sector makes to entrepreneurship, a priority issue for the Scottish Government.

GCU’s Professor Bruce Wood, together with third-year BA Business student Stephen Chalmers, who runs Altogether Travel Ltd, will highlight the ongoing work conducted within the University to drive entrepreneurialism.

GCU has been designated a Changemaker Campus by Ashoka U, a global network of universities and colleges, the first in Scotland. It reflects the University’s global leadership in promoting social innovation in its teaching and research as it can only be gained by institutions that share the vision for higher education to become the next global driver of social change by transforming the educational experience into a world-changing experience.

The University’s commitment to social innovation is shared by its students and staff at all levels and not least by the University’s Chancellor and Nobel Laureate, Professor Muhammad Yunus.

Professor Bruce Wood, School of Engineering and Built Environment, said: “It is a great opportunity to exhibit how GCU, and initiatives such as the University’s on campus enterprise incubator UHatch, provides a platform to support entrepreneurialism.

“GCU is the first University in Scotland to be designated as an Ashoka U Changemaker campus, in recognition of its leadership role in nurturing social innovation and entrepreneurialism and joins like-mined institutions around the world including Johns Hopkins, Brown, Cornell and Duke Universities.”

Stephen began working with the University’s UHatch in 2014 to help grow and develop his business while combining his studies. His company provides tailored holidays to those who need round-the-clock care or those who require more support. He has been recognised previously by the Federation of Small Business (FSB), when it was named Best Small Business in Scotland in 2014.

Stephen, a Business student within Glasgow School for Business and Society, added: “The event not only allows me to showcase my business but it gives me a chance to see how other institutions are supporting entrepreneurialism at universities around Scotland. It gives entrepreneurs a platform to champion entrepreneurship and to encourage greater support for students to develop their talents and business opportunities.”

UHatch is Glasgow Caledonian University’s enterprise incubator encouraging students, staff and alumni to take action and to develop their own business ideas.

Education Minister Angela Constance MSP, Liz Smith MSP and Professor Peter Dowes, Universities Scotland Convenor, are all expected to attend the event.

To find out more go to UHatch’s webpage