GCU students benefit from SPFL Trust partnership

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) students Daryn MacRae and Calum Woodger have hit the back of the net on their internship with the SPFL Trust. 

The duo are building on their MA Multimedia Journalism studies at the University by gaining hands-on experience working at Hampden, the national football stadium. 

Supported by the SPFL Trust, Santander Universities and the Glasgow Caledonian University Foundation, Daryn and Calum have been visiting clubs around the country to share good news stories often overlooked on the beautiful game. 

The interns developed the ‘Spotlight On’ series, which shares the achievements of the SPFL Trust’s community initiatives, such as the Football Fans in Training programme. 

Daryn, from Ullapool, 25, said: “I’ve always loved football so the opportunity to work at the national stadium was something that really appealed to me. It’s fantastic getting to know those involved in the media side of the game. I’ve been picking up new skills along the way, and it’s been a great opportunity to refine my interviewing technique.” 

Calum, 23, from Paisley, added: “I’ve never done anything quite like this. We don’t often get the chance to pick up placements during term time because the course is so intensive. With the SPFL Trust we have the opportunity to go out to clubs and speak to people, all the while building contacts and honing our skills in journalism.” 

For Derek Allison, SPFL Trust Operations Manager, the partnership has been ‘a win-win situation.’ He said: “We benefit from some really good interns coming in and helping to raise our profile and share the work we do and it’s a fantastic platform for the students to build upon their studies. It is great to see the partnership formalised through the support of Santander and Glasgow Caledonian University.” 

Santander University Relationship Branch Manager, Andy Lockhart, said: “This is exactly what we hope to achieve through our matched-funding internship programme - students are given the opportunity to gain industry experience that will enhance their employability whilst companies not only reap the benefits of their fresh ideas and energy, they get financial assistance to do so.” 

The chance to work with the SPFL Trust arose when six journalism students impressed whilst completing paid internships with the host broadcaster at the Baku 2015 European Games. 

Claire Dean, GCU MA Multimedia Journalism Programme Leader, said: “Work experience in industry is a cornerstone of the MA Multimedia Journalism programme. It allows students to hone their practical skills and make vital contacts in the community and ultimately it makes them stand head and shoulders above the crowd in a highly competitive job market. We hope to build on this ongoing partnership to open up more new opportunities for our students in the future.”