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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.

GCU Foundation raises an incredible £9k in Glasgow’s largest ever Kiltwalk!

​More than 30 staff members, students and graduates took part in the Glasgow Kiltwalk yesterday (Sunday, April 28), raising over £9,000 for the University's Common Good Fund.

The team's efforts were rewarded with almost 300 generous donations to the Common Good Fund, which offers a variety of support for our talented students, including scholarships, travel awards, awards for clubs and societies, as well as enhancing the University's award-winning outreach activity.

Jillian Watt, Director of the GCU Foundation, said: "It was great to be part of such a fantastic event, where over 13,000 people walked six, 15 or 23 miles to show their support and raise vital funds for causes close to their heart. We are extremely grateful that so many people got behind our campaign, helping to raise awareness that education really can change lives, as well as an incredible £9,000."

Professor James Miller, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Strategy), said "This new approach to raising funds to support the life-changing opportunities we offer to our students has been a great success. The amount raised is the equivalent of offering up to 20 travel scholarships, ensuring we continue to broaden the horizons of students from across the campus, or over seven widening-access scholarships. A huge well done to everyone involved in the planning and those who took part."

You can watch our short video below which captures some of the highlights of the day.