Scottish charities benefit from skilled GCU students

29 March 2016

GCU students who raised over £2000 for the Glasgow Childrens Hospital Charity

GCU students who raised over £2000 for the Glasgow Childrens Hospital Charity

International Events Management students from Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) are putting their new-found knowledge to great use – supporting a range of UK charities.

As part of their programme, students on the undergraduate honours degree plan, produce and deliver a live event, with 70 per cent of the profits going to charity. There were 18 events organised in March, including masquerade balls, craft fairs, film screenings and even an a cappella competition.

Collectively, they raised funds for: Breast Cancer Care; Brightest Star; CHAS; Erskine; Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity; Glasgow Women’s Aid; Impact Arts; RNIB; Scottish SPCA; Shelter; Sport Relief; Teenage Cancer Trust and When You Wish Upon a Star.

From a small start-up loan, students put their theory into practice, with the bulk of the profit going to charity and the rest to a financial support fund for students to complete vocational courses.

Students (pictured left to right) Lynsey Phillips, Ainsley Macleod, Alexander Kruijsse, Natalie Timoney and Nicola Torrance raised more than £2000 for the Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity (formerly Yorkhill) through a live dating game, adapted from popular ITV show Take Me Out.

Ainsley said: “The opportunities we are given to volunteer and meet people within the industry is a highlight of the degree. Being able to get our foot in the door so early in our careers is something many other degrees can’t offer. Our lecturers are working in the industry and so we learn as quickly as the industry is developing.”

The event delivery module is also offered on three further BA (Hons) degree programmes in the Glasgow School for Business and Society, to students of Media and Communication, International Fashion Branding and International Marketing.

Jenny Flinn, Programme Leader for the BA (Hons) International Events Management, said: “This module allows students to gain an understanding of the practicalities and challenges of running a live event in the real world. Although it is hard work, the students find it very rewarding to see people enjoying an event that they have produced and to be able to raise funds for their chosen charity.”