Sport and media leaders to inspire students

27 March 2017

Sport and media leaders to inspire students

Professional rugby player and GCU student Jade Konkel

Scotland’s first full-time female professional rugby player and Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) student Jade Konkel is to inspire students in leadership and entrepreneurialism at an event held at the city centre campus this week (Wednesday, March 29).

Jade will join Gold Commonwealth gymnast Steve Frew, who took gold in the men’s rings at the 2002 Commonwealth Games, together with STV reporter Colin Stone, to address more than 300 students from the Glasgow School for Business and Society.

The event is part of the Employability, Enterprise and Entrepreneurship module, which first-year students undertake as part of the School’s drive to encourage entrepreneurialism and creativity.

Jade has played in Scotland Women's Six Nations squad and been capped 23 times. She is the first woman in Scotland’s history to sign a professional contract in rugby and combines this with a BSc (Hons) in Social Work.

Steve Frew is to address students on leadership. At the age of 28, Steve was the first gymnast to win a gymnastic Commonwealth Gold Medal for Scotland. He said: “I am really looking forward to visiting GCU to motivate, inspire and share my sporting journey with the next generation of graduates.”Colin, who completed his BA in Multimedia Journalism at GCU in 2013, joined STV Glasgow and is now working on STV News. He will return to the University and speak of his recent experiences. He said: “I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for GCU. The chance to come back and share the things I learned with some of the current students is a real privilege, and I’m delighted to be able to give something back to the university.”

The annual event invites speakers from the world of sport, media, business and fashion, hospitality, tourism and retail to demonstrate diversity of achievement and to inspire.

Dr Susan Ogden, Head of Department of Business Management, said: “We understand that to create the best 21st century graduates we must enable them to bring creativity to the workplace. We recognise that enterprising behaviour will enhance our students in a competitive marketplace. As a University, we must foster and create opportunities for our students to learn from others and to create an environment which is inspiring, allowing our students to flourish.”