The Student Experience

"It had been a dream to go to University, a very distant dream, and that dream came true with a lot of hard work and the help of GCU’s Widening Access Initiative, The Caledonian Club. The Caledonian Club not only gave me the confidence that I was good enough to go to University and that I deserved the place, they put me forward for a Brighter Futures Fund Scholarship; a scholarship that consisted of £1,000 for each year of study. They understood my fears, and were able to offer advice as I couldn’t confide in anyone in my family as being the first in my family to go to University; no one understood the costs and the barriers to this education."

Mandy Smith

2014 BA (Hons) Business Studies Graduate
Caledonian Club Pupil; Student Mentor


"As a mentor you see the “before” and “after” too, and you see the confidence being built up and the difference it makes with the young people. It’s an amazingly rewarding feeling.

Ryan Bounagui
BA (Hons) Multimedia Journalism
Caledonian Club Pupil; Student Mentor