New work-based education partnership with Alzheimer Scotland

15 November 2016

New work-based education partnership with Alzheimer Scotland

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) has joined forces with leading dementia charity Alzheimer Scotland on a work-based human rights programme.

The charity is partnering with GCU’s MSc Citizenship and Human Rights, the popular part-time programme designed for professionals and volunteers in the third and public sectors.

Experts from Alzheimer Scotland will work with the University’s School for Work Based Education, shaping the content of the programme which gives graduates the knowledge to put human rights standards at the heart of their own professional practice.

Praised by the Equalities’ and Human Rights Commission, the Masters degree has benefitted volunteers and employees in a range of roles, including those in the charity and care sectors.

Alzheimer Scotland staff will offer their invaluable insight, with the charity having adopted a human rights approach to developing dementia policy and practice.

Marty Wright, Academic Head of the School for Work Based Education at GCU, said: “This partnership with Alzheimer Scotland is pivotal in developing academic programmes that empower third sector professionals to make an increasingly positive impact in the communities they serve not just through a knowledge of human rights issues, but by having the tools to implement them practically in the work place. We look forward to further enhancing the programme with the continued input from Alzheimer Scotland.”

Jim Pearson, Director for Policy and Research at Alzheimer Scotland, said: “Building the confidence of students to embed human rights principles into their professional practice is crucial to creating a society where every individual is valued as a full citizen of their community, has equal opportunity and is free from any form of inequality. This partnership with GCU can contribute significantly to building the capacity to deliver that vision.”

GCU has a longstanding relationship with Alzheimer Scotland and its Chief Executive Henry Simmons, an MBA graduate of the University, was commended in June with an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science for his contribution to action on dementia.