GCU collects ‘Big Tick’ at responsible business awards

13 June 2014

GCU collects ‘Big Tick’ at responsible business awards

The GCU team collect the 'Big Tick'

A group of GCU delegates has collected the University’s ‘Big Tick’ award at the Scottish Responsible Business Awards in Edinburgh, run by the Prince of Wales charity "Business in the Community."

Founding Principal of Glasgow Caledonian College of Nursing (GCCN) Principal Professor Barbara Parfitt, Glasgow School for Business and Society Community and Public Engagement Fellow Dr Alec Wersun, and GCCN graduate Popi Rani Bhowmik picked up the award at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh.

GCU has been recognised for its work with the Grameen Healthcare Trust in co-founding the GCCN. The College was established in 2010 in Dhaka, Bangladesh to provide disadvantaged young women with access to international standard nursing education and clinical practice, in the process raising the status of the profession in Bangladesh and providing opportunities, education and leadership training to women from impoverished backgrounds across the country.

The event was attended by 80 representatives of Scotland's business community, ranging from big household names to small and medium enterprises.

Dr Wersun said: “GCU was one of only two Scottish organisations, to win a new "Big Tick" Award. A Big Tick is awarded to organisations that demonstrate significant achievement in tackling key social and environmental issues.

“In the case of the Grameen Caledonian College of Nursing this was for a significant contribution to alleviating poverty, improving maternal health, and tackling high incidences of child mortality.”

As well as this recognition, GCU is one of just six organisations shortlisted to become overall winner of the Unilever International Award, supported by Business Fights Poverty. The result of this award will be announced on Tuesday, July 8.