GCU shortlisted for Scottish Social Enterprise Award

03 October 2012

GCU shortlisted for Scottish Social Enterprise Award

GCU shortlisted for Social Enterprise award

Glasgow Caledonian University has been shortlisted for the Scottish Social Enterprise Awards 2012 in the category of Social Enterprise Supporter.

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) recognised the potential for a partnership approach to plug a gap in the learning available in Scottish universities for those working in and with Social Enterprises.

Together with the Social Enterprise Academy, GCU initially undertook groundbreaking work to establish a one year Postgraduate Certificate in Social Enterprise which has now run successfully for three years. Building on this successful partnership, GCU developed a full MSc in Social Enterprise - the only postgraduate degree in Scotland designed specifically for the social enterprise sector.

Through this high quality academic qualification, GCU has made a significant contribution to educating, promoting and supporting the Social Enterprise sector. The university’s recognition that social enterprises are an important and growing sector of the business community was ahead of other academic institutions, and they looked for an appropriate partner with an existing reach into the sector to complement the access to academic study and research GCU could provide.

GCU’s partner – the Social Enterprise Academy - designs and delivers professional development programmes for people and organisations working for social purpose across Scotland and was itself set up as a social enterprise in 2004. It has a successful track record in providing learning which nurtures leadership development and builds entrepreneurial skills for starting and sustaining social enterprise.

Alan McNiven, Chief Executive of Engage Renfrewshire, says: “GCU’s Social Enterprise programme has been eye opening and hugely enjoyable. One key positive of the programme has been the self reflection encouraged regarding the work I presently undertake. Because of the programme I now have a better understanding of the potential role social enterprise can play in community action and as tool for better community planning. The programme has also created a great networking opportunity by introducing the students to a range of speakers and programmes.”

The awards and prizes will be presented to the winners by John Swinney MSP at Social Enterprise Scotland’s Parliamentary Reception and Awards Ceremony in November.

Social Enterprise Scotland said: “We were thrilled to be inundated with applications across all categories and in fact we received double the number of applications we received last year. The judges were very impressed and inspired by the amazing life-changing work undertaken every day by all the applicants and the competition was very close.”

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