Glasgow Caledonian University Foundation – 2018 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 in 2018.

Donald took part in a group study trip to the African Leadership College (ALC) in Mauritius, one of GCU’s international partners

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.

Donald McIntyre
BSc Pharmacology

Emma received a retailTRUST and Hammerson Seed Funding Award to help develop her business.

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.

Emma Russell
BA International Fashion Branding

Victoria received a 2018 Sir Alex Ferguson Magnusson Award helping her to buy a boat to continue competing on an international level.

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!

Victoria Murray
BSc Computer Games Art and Animation

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Continuing our proud tradition of raising aspirations and breaking down perceived barriers to University.


Enabling talented students from all backgrounds the opportunity to fulfil their potential. 

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Providing life changing opportunities for students; increasing employability and developing global citizenship.

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