Glasgow Caledonian University Foundation – Impact

Education has the power to change lives - that’s why at GCU we work with all our students to help them reach their full potential. Through generous donations to the GCU Foundation we provide a variety of opportunities and experiences that help to level the playing field for students joining us from more challenging background. 

Last year alone, donations to the Foundation enabled over 200 widening access scholarships and awards, as well as thousands more students benefitting from grants to our clubs and societies and award winning outreach programmes. We disbursed nearly 20 seed funding grants to help students and recent graduates start up new businesses, students benefitted from funded internships and thousands more benefited from access to cutting edge equipment.

These awards can be truly life changing and help to shape the future of students who benefit from them.  Here are a few examples of how students benefitted from philanthropic awards.

Donald visited our partnership African Leadership college increasing his confidence and employability.

I can’t thank Sir Alex enough for his generous funding. I loved every moment of the trip and I will remember it for the rest of my life. I was able to meet some amazing people and coming from a small town with very little diversity it has opened my eyes that there is so much out there for me to experience. This is something that can’t be taught and I am so grateful that I was able to be a part of the ALC trip.

BSc Pharmacology

Emma’s award is giving her a helping had to get her business off the ground.

The grant will enable me to grow my business a lot quicker than anticipated. It will help me bring out a new collection and fund extra stock, which I will launch at a pop-up store at the Barras Art and Design Centre in Glasgow next year. The funding will also help me pay for a studio, which will give me a place to work and stay focused on the business. I really appreciate the faith that retailTRUST, Hammerson and GCU have in me and my business idea, it honestly means the world.

BA International Fashion Branding

Victoria’s award ensures she can continue to compete internationally and continue her studies.

My sport has limited financial support and due to this I was unsure if I would be able to afford to compete at international level in my final two university years. Thanks to the award I can continue to follow my sporting dream of becoming a world champion wild water racer while also continuing my studies into art and animation at GCU. This means the world to me. Thank you!

BSc Computer Games Art and Animation

Nathan’s scholarship has allowed him to work less in order to focus more time on his studies.

The funds allowed me to work less in order to focus more time on my studies, and, is in my opinion, one of the key reasons I managed to do so well. This has given me the opportunity to work towards my dream job, and for that, I am extremely grateful.

BSc Quantity Surveying

Elizabeth travelled to South Africa to volunteer on the Phelophepa Train of Hope delivering eye care to rural impoverished areas.

This was a once in a lifetime opportunity and improved my clinical knowledge and confidence greatly. I helped over 100 people who otherwise would not have had access to eye care services.

BSc (Hons) Optometry

James travelled to Barcelona on a student exchange programme which took him out his comfort zone but helped him grow into a better person.

I’m always lost for words when I think about the experience, it surpassed all expectations. I will be forever grateful.

BA (Hons) International Business Management

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