GCU students take PRME spots in Writing Competition

04 May 2017

GCU students take PRME spots in Writing Competition

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) students have taken two of the three top postgraduate prizes in the first Principles for Responsible Management (PRME) Responsible Business and Management Writing Competition.

The PRME Chapter UK and Ireland launched the competition to highlight and celebrate the range and quality of student writing in sustainability, ethics and related subjects across the UK’s business schools.

Eilidh Finlayson, an MSc Social Business and Microfinance student in GCU’s Glasgow School for Business and Society, secured first prize in the postgraduate category for her exploration of commercialisation in the microfinance industry and how this has impacted on responsible management practices.

Professor Peter Stokes, Chair of the postgraduate panel, said: “Eilidh developed a compelling and valuable examination of the challenges for responsible management of commercialisation in micro-finance; a powerful and convincing account on this important topic.”

Lynette Nabbosa, also studying Social Business and Microfinance in the Glasgow School for Business and Society, scooped the third prize.

A further four students from GCU's School of Engineering and Built Environment - Andrew Clegg, Mehaq Shafiq, Fiona Jarvis and Nikolas Papachristoforou - achieved top ten finalist status.

On behalf of the organisers, Chris Blackburn, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of the Oxford Brookes Business School, congratulated the finalists on the quality of their writing.

He added: “To all the entrants and all the universities that have encouraged their students to take part, your determination to bring Responsible Management Education and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to the centre of your endeavours has been truly impressive. We look forward to building on this competition in future years to ensure that we continue to support the United Nations PRME initiative in ways that nurture the student voice and recognise the committed teaching that makes this possible.”

GCU became a PRME signatory in 2012, and in 2013 became the first Scottish university to join the UN Global Compact, the world’s biggest voluntary corporate responsibility partnership. GCU is also one of only 30 members of the global PRME Champions Group in recognition of its leadership role. 

As a PRME Champion Institution, GCU is to host a ‘Making Global Goals Local Business’ event on June 13 as part of a UK roadshow organised in collaboration with the UN Global Compact and PRME UK Networks.

For more information, and to register, visit www.globalcompact.org.uk/sustainable-development-goals-uk-roadshow.