GCU plays its part in Glasgow 2014

04 August 2014

The Queens Baton was carried through the campus on Sunday, July 20

The Queens Baton was carried through the campus on Sunday, July 20

Here is a look at how Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) embraced Glasgow 2014 and its role in ensuring an enduring legacy for the city and beyond.

The University’s support for the Games was recognised when the Queen’s Baton was carried through the campus on Sunday, July 20. Students, staff, their families and friends welcomed Bearers Greg Warnecke and Ian Shillinglaw as the Baton reached the final stage of its epic journey across the Commonwealth.

GCU was also chosen to host the international summit for social change, Beyond the Games, which was attended by Glasgow 2014 CEO David Grevemberg, Paralympic legend Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, former Unicef President Lord Puttnam, and other leading figures. Equal rights, inclusion and ethics were top of the agenda as delegates explored ways to advance promotion of the Commonwealth Games Federation’s core values of humanity, equality and destiny.

This review features a selection of the many student and staff achievements, community engagement and widening participation projects, academic and research successes, and events surrounding the Commonwealth Games.

Glasgow 2014 inspired a number of award-winning initiatives at GCU to raise aspiration and encourage engagement with academia.

  • GCU won silver at the Scottish Government’s Game Changer Awards for its work in schools to develop digital skills. Gaming for Glasgow was delivered by the School of Engineering and Built Environment to Glasgow schools and is supported by the Celtic FC Foundation and the Caledonian Club. It brought together more than 200 staff, students and pupils from nine primary schools across Glasgow.
  • The annual Professor’s Challenge was attended by 600 pupils and featured presentations by record-breaking cyclist Mark Beaumont and Commonwealth Games weightlifter Louise Mather. The annual challenge helps pupils to develop key skills that will aid them during their final year at school and beyond. It is led by UK Recruitment and Outreach (UKRO) teams from the Caledonian Club and Schools and Colleges Engagement Transition (SCET).
  • School pupil members of the Caledonian Club and the London Club took part in the Tale of Two Sporting Cities joint project in 2011. It won the Olympic Inspire mark and celebrated the achievements of Glasgow and London as they looked ahead to the Commonwealth Games and the Olympics.
  • The 2014 GCU Common Weal Gold, Silver and Bronze scholarships were introduced for academic year 2014/15 as part of the Commonwealth Games celebrations. They were offered to international students from a registered eligible Commonwealth nation.
  • Nearly 200 people from across the Commonwealth took part in Games On, a unique online event. Designed and developed by the Learning Enhancement and Academic Development team (GCU LEAD), Games On was a fun way for people to come together to explore online learning and to share their experiences during Glasgow 2014. Users received regular news updates and had the opportunity to receive gold, silver and bronze digital medals.

Students and staff were keen to share their expertise and develop new skills through volunteering. The University demonstrated its support by granting three additional days of annual leave to staff who took up the opportunity.

  • GCU lecturer Mandy Abbot, volunteered as Commonwealth Games Clinical Lead in Podiatry. She was responsible for the recruitment and training of volunteer professional podiatrists. Mandy now plans to share her experiences with students and her colleagues in the School of Health and Life Sciences.
  • Through its engagement with organisations and companies supporting the games, such as the Host Broadcaster Training Initiative, students from the School of Engineering and Built Environment received training and industry experience. A further 50 EBE students volunteered for the NVT Group Players Programme to work behind the scenes to assist with the design and build of the Games networks. 
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