Glasgow Caledonian University’s long-running widening access programme, the Caledonian Club, has been reaccredited by the Business in the Community Responsible Business Awards to celebrate Responsible Business Week.
GCU was the first University to win the Education Award category in July’s Business in the Community (BITC) Awards, which were established as part of the Prince’s Responsible Business Network to create a fairer society and more sustainable future.
The Caledonian Club has, over the past eight years, worked with more than 14,000 nursery, primary and secondary school pupils and their parents, to raise basic life skills and the aspirations of those from the most disadvantaged communities in Glasgow.
The initiative has also been running for the past five years for children and parents in the Tower Hamlets area of London near the GCU London campus.
The programme has increased average progression rates into higher education from 14.4% in 2007/08 to 27.8% in 2014/15. In 2015 Caledonian Club pupils had higher post-school aspirations than pupils in non-Club schools in both S1 (57% vs 46%) and S6 (96% vs 49%). Parents also reported aspirations for their children to go to university went up following work with the club.
Reaccreditation was gained following the “successful demonstration of continual and positive impact” through the Caledonian Club.
Now in their 20th year, the Awards champion the most inspiring businesses which are making a difference by taking action to build more inclusive workplaces, stronger communities and tackle our biggest environmental challenges.
Today’s announcement coincides with Responsible Business Week (24-28 April), an annual initiative aimed at increasing awareness of the positive contribution of businesses to society.