GCU students benefit from the Living Wage

31 October 2016

GCU students benefit from the Living Wage

Student mentor Ronnie Charters

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) students completing paid on-campus work receive the Living Wage through the University’s new Work Experience Hub.

This week is Living Wage Week 2016, the annual celebration highlighting Living Wage employers and confirming the new hourly rate.

GCU was the first Scottish university to sign up to the Living Wage, a voluntary hourly rate calculated annually according to the basic cost of living in the UK.

The Work Experience Hub at GCU opened in September and provides students with access to different paid roles on campus.

GCU students completing paid roles receive £8.45 an hour, significantly higher than the Minimum Wage for 18-20 year olds (£5.55) and 21-24 year olds (£6.95).

The Hub brings together a range of paid opportunities, including working for the University’s award-winning Caledonian Club. It sees around 200 student mentors each year work alongside GCU staff to raise the educational aspirations of Glasgow school pupils and their families.

Fourth year BA (Hons) Multimedia Journalism student Ronnie Charters, 21, has clocked up more than 300 hours as a paid mentor in the past year. “I am very proud that my university offers not only its staff, but its students the living wage,” said Ronnie. “It shows GCU cares about its students’ lives and their education and offering the living wage is something I think every university should employ.”

Jackie Main, GCU Director of Student Experience, said: “Glasgow Caledonian University is the leading modern Scottish University for degree completion and 96% of our graduates are in work or further study within six months of graduating. Continuing our Living Wage commitment to students through the Work Experience Hub is not only the right thing to do as the University for the Common Good, but will further enhance our students’ employability and reward their hard work and dedication.”

Katherine Chapman, Director of the Living Wage Foundation said: “Today’s increase in the real Living Wage will mean thousands of employees around the country will get a much needed increase to their pay packet to help them meet the cost of living. That’s the difference paying the real Living Wage makes.”

GCU is also a signatory to the Scottish Business Pledge, a voluntary code supporting sustainable policies to boost productivity and increase diversity.