GCU students win Enactus National Award

13 April 2016

Enactus GCU students

Enactus GCU students

Enterprising GCU students have collected a prestigious award at the Enactus UK National Competition in London.

The students were named one of four Most Improved Teams for their progress on a range of projects supporting the local community, and also as runner-up in the Ernst & Young Empowering Youth award.

Enactus is an international organisation inspiring students to improve the world through entrepreneurial action. Explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes spoke to students from 35 UK universities at the two-day competition which sees students vie for the right to compete at the 2016 Enactus World Cup.

GCU students Alastair Bowie, Kirsty Brady, Matt Grady, Jennifer McInnes, Adam Nordstrom, Lukas Ost and Melanie West presented on behalf of the 20-strong team.

Judges were impressed with their achievements through the Work Ready Action Programme (WRAP), which sees students mentor school pupils from Castlemilk.

They were also commended for Second Spark, a partnership with Glasgow City Mission to support homeless people in establishing a social enterprise, and for creating a student-led consultancy service.

Matt Grady, Enactus GCU President and second year BA (Hons) International Business and Economics student, said: “This award means a lot to every one of the 72 Enactus GCU students who have invested numerous hours getting us to where we are.

“It has been an incredible year in which we have moved Enactus GCU on to another level and this award tops it off. Experiences like this drive the team to get in to Glasgow's communities and make a difference to peoples' lives. It's really rewarding.”

Dr Alec Wersun, Senior Lecturer in the Glasgow School for Business and Society; Fiona Moffat, Lecturer from the School of Health and Life Sciences and Joanna Marshall, College Articulation Officer from the School of Engineering and Built Environment, provided staff support.