Double success for GCU at the NUS Scotland Awards

07 March 2011

Double success for GCU at the NUS Scotland Awards

Students from GCUSA celebrate the double win

GCU’s Students’ Association was named University Students’ Union of the Year at the NUS Scotland Awards 2011, with Andrew Craib taking Course Representative of the Year.

The Students’ Association beat Edinburgh and Strathclyde universities to win the coveted category.

Describing the reasons behind the judge’s decision, Jennifer Cadiz, Depute President of NUS Scotland, said: “The breadth of work undertaken in the union was impressive…you do a lot with a little!”

Andrew Craib, Chair of Caledonian Student Parliament, School Officer in the Health School and Class Rep of Adult Nursing won the NUS Scotland Course Representative of the Year Award. He said: “I'm absolutely chuffed to bits about this recognition. This award goes to prove that not only can a class rep be recognised locally on campus but can also be rewarded on a national level! This achievement has been a team effort and I thank all students and staff that have worked tirelessly to make Glasgow Caledonian University and its Students' Association a truly representative environment.”

Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Pamela Gillies said: “Our Students’ Association really deserves this accolade. They promote a fantastic student experience for all our students, and our student representatives on various committees and on Court make an important contribution to University governance and decision making.  I am absolutely delighted they have won NUS Scotland’s Union of the year, with Andrew Craib taking Course Rep of the year. 

"Our Association’s Executive Committee are an impressive group of young people, all intellectually able, empathic, reflective and good fun. To be nominated was wonderful, to beat Edinburgh and Strathclyde to the top spot is thrilling.”

Student President Rory Herron added: “We are all absolutely delighted to have won this award!  It is a true reflection of all the hard work and dedication that our staff and executive committee have shown over the past year. Special congratulations must also go out to Andy Craib. This is a great win for GCUSA and for Glasgow Caledonian University.”