GCU and Robertson collaborate on community engagement partnership

11 November 2014

Robertson is working on the GCU Heart of the Campus project

Robertson is working on the GCU Heart of the Campus project

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) and Robertson have formed a community engagement partnership that will bring together school children and GCU students to collaborate on waste management projects.

Pupils from St Joseph’s Primary School in Glasgow will work with fourth-year Environmental Management students from GCU’s School of Engineering and Built Environment and staff from Robertson, who will act as mentors, to work on activities that will create awareness of jobs in construction and of waste management practices on a construction site and on the University campus.

Robertson has won awards for its sustainability practices and environmentally sound solutions for clients, and the company strives to make long-lasting and meaningful connections with the local community at all of its building sites.

GCU is currently working with Robertson on The Heart of the Campus project, an exciting construction development that will enrich the student experience with the creation of state-of-the-art teaching and research spaces and inspiring social areas.

The organisations will work together until 2016 to transform the lower floors of two buildings, the George Moore and Hamish Wood, to connect them with the campus centrepiece, the award-winning Saltire Centre.

This new initiative with young people is inspired by the Heart of the Campus project and will involve pupils visiting GCU’s Glasgow campus and the Robertson construction site to learn about recycling and waste initiatives at the first university in Scotland to be recognised with a prestigious gold EcoCampus award.

Working in teams, the school pupils will bring back projects to work on within their school and create a team character in partnership with GCU design students.

GCU’s Community and Public Engagement Co-ordinator Susan Grant says: “This project follows on from GCU’s long tradition in widening participation and community engagement in schools, and brings in expertise from across the University and from the world of construction. 

“Through the project, young people will be better informed about job opportunities in engineering and will learn about the environmental and economic reasons to reduce waste both in industry and their own schools, linking to the sciences within the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence. GCU will work with these children again when they go on to John Paul High School and continue to raise awareness of Higher Education.”

Gemma Nicoll, Robertson’s Community Development Manager, says: “Robertson is delighted to be able to partner with the GCU on this unique project. We are passionate about working with young people to raise their awareness of construction, and believe that this is key to the future success of our business and indeed the entire industry.

"Working with communities is at the heart of all of our projects, and to be able to work so closely with GCU on this activity has been a privilege. We are constantly evaluating how we can engage with young people of all ages, working hand-in-hand with the Curriculum for Excellence and current learning themes to ensure that our activities are focussed and engaging. Young people receive lots of messages about the environment, and to be able to relate that to industry can sometimes be a struggle. We’re delighted to be able to work with GCU to educate the pupils of St Joseph’s on waste management. We can't wait to get started and to see how the children respond.”