GCU recognised for continual impact with BITC award

21 April 2015

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) has achieved re-accreditation of the Unilever International Award, part of the prestigious Responsible Business Awards run by the Prince of Wales charity Business in the Community.

GCU received the Unilever International Award in 2014 thanks to its work with the Grameen Healthcare Trust in co-founding the Grameen Caledonian College of Nursing (GCCN).

The College was established in 2010 in Dhaka, Bangladesh to provide disadvantaged young women with access to international standard nursing education and clinical practice, in the process raising the status of the profession in Bangladesh and providing opportunities, education and leadership training to women from impoverished backgrounds across the country.

The re-accreditation was made for GCU successfully demonstrating “continual and positive impact” for its healthcare and education work in Dhaka.

Professor Frank Crossan, Principal of GCCN, says: “The goals of the College absolutely reflect GCU’s motto, For the Common Good, and its commitment to providing opportunities to students, whatever their background, as well as using its expertise for the practical benefit of communities around the world.”

Since winning the Award, GCCN has welcomed students from GCU on study trips to share their skills in a range of disciplines with the Dhaka College’s students and in some of Bangladesh’s most remote clinics.

Professor Crossan says: “Our goal over the next three years is to grow to 500 students, to move to a new purpose-built college and to keep demonstrating that you can achieve just about anything with the right support and the right education.”

Dr Alec Wersun, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Business Management at Glasgow School for Business and Society, said: “We are absolutely delighted to get re-affirmation from BITC, the Prince’s Responsible Business Network, of the contribution that GCCN is making to achievement of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. GCCN is truly transforming the lives of individuals and the communities in which they live.”

The Responsible Business Awards is the UK’s longest-running and most respected awards scheme recognising businesses that are making a positive difference to society and to the environment. 

The awards will be presented at the Scotland Responsible Business Gala Dinner in Edinburgh on June 23.

Read more about GCU’s GCCN case study.