How the money you raise helps

Education has the power to transform lives that’s why as the University for the Common Good providing access for all, regardless of backgrounds, has and always will be at the heart of everything we do - and is the fundamental purpose that underpins our Foundation. 

So regardless if a student is first in their family to higher education, or the first in their family to travel outside of Scotland, generous donations to our Common Good Fund help to level the playing field for all our students.

By supporting the Common Good Fund you can help students at GCU to unlock their potential as well as empowering them to become responsible global citizens who use their skills and experience to go out into the world and promote a fairer and more sustainable world.

Funds raised will help us in the following ways.

Raising aspirations through award-winning outreach programmes

As part of the University’s mission to promote the common good, our award winning Caledonian Club works with children as young as three through to 18 and their families, from some of the most disadvantaged areas in Glasgow to raise aspirations and build key life skills.  Over the last ten years the Club has connected with almost 18,000 young people and 4,000 adults, and it was recently identified by Universities UK’s #MadeAtUni campaign as one of the top 100 most significant university breakthrough initiatives which has improved everyday life through the power of education.

GCU has now introduced the Caledonian Club in its London campus, and also hopes to makes a similar impact in its New York campus.


Scholarships that help students reach their potential

gcuf_kiltwalk_nathanhughesNathan’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
Read more about Nathan


foundation_kiltwalk_ryanRyan's scholarship made his university experience the best 4 years of his life.

"I was once a very grateful recipient of the Common Good Fund Scholarship back when l was a student at GCU. The Fund had a huge impact on my time at University. It just made the whole experience the best 4 years of my life and helped me to survive through to graduation and has helped me get to where l am today.‌"

BA (Hons) Multimedia Journalism
ITV News Traineeship

Awards that provide life changing opportunities and experiences

donald_mac_300pxDonald 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
Read more about Donald

Victoria_Murray_300pxVictoria’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
Read more about Victoria

gcuf_kiltwalk_elizabethwoolnoughElizabeth 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
Read more about Elizabeth

gcuf_kiltwalk_jamesrodericksonJames 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
Read more about James

Enhancing clubs and societies

Each year the Foundation provides on average £5,000 of funding for GCU’s clubs and societies. These vital funds help purchase essential equipment, grow participation and raise awareness about the important way clubs and societies enhance the student experience.

foundation_kiltwalk_fencing"The fencing team is delighted to have been awarded £250, this will be incredibly useful to the club as we focus on becoming a potential BUCS team in the upcoming years and this will help us replace old kit and introduce new swords into the club as well!"

Lena Henry
GCU Fencing Club


foundation_kiltwalk_karate"The Common Good Fund has allowed Karate to continue their club massively. We have been able to keep our instructors and buy much needed new equipment for the club. Thank you!"

Erin Jackson
GCU Karate Club





"Radio Caley now have the ability to take a portable microphone onto locations for the purposes of recording interviews, allowing presenters to have an "as live" feel to their broadcasts, as they can slot in these interviews into their shows, making for a more life-like radio show.

"Having an audio recorder also allows our audio engineers to practice their audio editing skills, enhancing their understanding of the subject. This would not be possible without the GCU Foundation’s support."

Jonnie England
Head of Audio Tech
Radio Caley