Staff and students in the Glasgow School for Business and Society (GSBS) will work with one of the Prince of Wales’ charities, Business in the Community (BITC), to mark national “Give and Gain Day” on Friday, May 17th – the UK’s largest day of employee volunteering.
More than 170 first and second year pupils from four high schools in the Glasgow area will spend a day on GCU’s campus taking part in a project centred on the unique and varied history of the Cowcaddens area.
Staff from GSBS – supported by Community and Public Engagement Coordinator Susan Grant and Archivist Carole McCallum – will volunteer their time to pose as characters from the past, present, and future of the University and local community.
While staying in character, the staff will help the pupils to complete a quiz. Student volunteers from GCU’s three academic schools will also provide their help and support.
The school children will learn about GCU’s work, facilities and its £30 million Campus Futures development project. An employability session will complete the day. This will be pitched at the pupil’s age and stage of school and will encourage them to consider their own past, present and futures.
The University’s participation in BITC’s annual Give and Gain Day reflects its mission to work “for the common weal”, and stems from GSBS’ membership of Business in the Community, which began in December 2010 and forms part of the School’s increasing efforts to promote responsible management.
Membership of BITC follows on from the University becoming a signatory to the United Nation’s Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), through which GCU commits to putting social responsibility, ethics and sustainability at the heart of its activities.
GCU lecturer Dr Alec Wersun, who manages the School’s relationship with BITC, said:
“GSBS’ work with BITC provides a myriad of opportunities to work with local, regional and international stakeholders. The relationship with BITC will play a key role in developing and implementing the University’s community and public engagement strategy across the school.”
The pupils will come from three schools linked with GCU’s widening participation and community engagement initiatives, the Caledonian Club and the Schools and Colleges Engagement and Transition Team (SCETT). These schools are: St Margaret Marys Secondary, All Saints Secondary and John Paul Academy.
Susan Grant, Community and Public Engagement Coordinator, said: “The visit will bring history and social studies in the school curriculum to life by looking at the struggle, survival and regeneration of an urban landscape, promoting greater understanding of how a university can play a pivotal role in supporting the renewal of the local community. It will also raise awareness of Higher Education to pupils from schools with some of the lowest rates of progression in Scotland.”