Common Good Fund recipient commended in Parliament
GCU student Craig Edward and the University have been commended in the Scottish Parliament as “excellent examples of best practice”.
Craig, a third year Business Management student at GCU, was supported by the Common Good Fund to take part in the Lahti University Winter School, alongside 50 international students and staff from several different countries. Managed by Glasgow Caledonian University Foundation, the Common Good Fund provides funding for students from widening access backgrounds, enabling them to travel and undertake life changing educational and cultural opportunities.
Gil Paterson, MSP for Clydebank and Milngavie, raised a motion in Parliament on 26 February, to congratulate Craig for his work at Lahti University in Finland, which involved presenting on mass recycling and the circular economy, knowledge that would be passed back to businesses in Scotland.
He commented that Craig was a “great example to other young people from poorer areas who are in university or are considering higher education.” He also commended GCU and the Common Good Fund for investing in such communities, thanking GCU for its commitment to providing opportunities for students to visit other cultures and return with knowledge that can help shape Scotland’s future. The motion was supported by more than 10 MSPs.
Speaking of the funding and experience, Craig said: “I had a fantastic time in Finland meeting new people from different cultures and learning about new topics. Without the funding provided through the Common Good Fund, I would not have been able to attend this trip, it played a key part in my learning participation. Having the security of the funding meant that I was able to enjoy and fully participate in the many activities in Finland without worrying about financial barriers, which would ordinarily have prevented me from attending this trip.”