Why take part

Education has the power to change lives. It provides people with the knowledge, skills, and qualities needed to help shape and inform their own future. Through the Glasgow Caledonian University Foundation, we have raised over £7.5million to ensure that all of our students, regardless of their circumstances, have access to a wealth of opportunities, experiences and support during their time at GCU.

During 2017/18 we supported nearly 200 scholarships and awards which seen 13.6% of students taking part in a mobility experience – more than double the number in 2015/16. Thousands of students benefitted from grants to our clubs, societies, and award-winning outreach programmes, as well as access to cutting edge equipment. The continued support from our Founding Donor, Sir Alex Ferguson CBE, and many more alumni and friends have been vital in making these opportunities available.

By your involvement in the Kiltwalk and raising funds for the GCU Foundation you can join Sir Alex and help transform lives through education.  Below is an example of how your support can break the poverty cycle and raise aspirations within some of the most disadvantaged areas in Glasgow:

Child poverty in Glasgow

Glasgow’s deep-rooted and complex deprivation issues are not improving. Child poverty statistics for 2017 revealed that 34% of children in Glasgow live in poverty and in the most disadvantaged areas this increases to almost 60%. Furthermore, reports in 2017 revealed that just over 10% of Scotland’s students come from the 20% most disadvantaged communities.

Breaking the poverty cycle

Education has a powerful part to play in helping to break the poverty cycle by providing people with the opportunity to develop the skills and qualities needed to shape and inform their own future.  This has resulted in the Scottish Government setting a target for universities to have one-fifth of their students joining from disadvantaged areas by 2030.

Transforming lives through education

GCU is proud to be leading the way in widening access to education through the Caledonian Club, our award-winning community engagement initiative which has engaged thousands of children, young people, parents and carers since it was launched in 2008, and was recently identified among the 100 most significant breakthroughs to come from UK universities.


Widening access is, and always will be, at the heart of everything we do at GCU. With 44% of our students being first in their family to go to university and 22% from the most disadvantaged backgrounds, we are one of only two Scottish universities already meeting the Scottish Government’s target.  The GCU Foundation has played a vital role in this achievement by providing a number of students with widening access scholarships as well as providing much-needed funds to our award-winning outreach programmes which raise aspirations and builds key life skills in some of the most disadvantaged areas in Glasgow.