Advanced Higher Hub is a star partnership performer

29 September 2016

Pupils from the 2015-2016 Advanced Higher Hub

Pupils from the 2015-2016 Advanced Higher Hub

An innovative Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) partnership with Glasgow City Council and the Scottish Funding Council has been shortlisted as a finalist in the SQA Star Awards.

The Advanced Higher Hub has been named in the final three in the running for the Partnership category of the Scottish Qualifications Authority-run awards.

Pupils from Glasgow schools complete Advanced Highers at the GCU Hub and experience the opportunities and challenges of university study and student life. Pupils become associate students and have access to the University facilities, including its library and teaching laboratories.

Established in 2013, the Hub is the first of its kind in Scotland, providing educational opportunity to pupils from some of the most disadvantaged backgrounds in Scotland.

In 2016, pupils celebrated a 91% pass rate, with 75% gaining an A or B grade. This included former St Margaret Mary’s Secondary School pupil Meghan Miller, who is now studying Adult Nursing at GCU having gained an A grade in Advanced Higher English, and St Andrew’s Secondary School pupil Jack Wands, who secured a place at the University of Oxford having gained three Advanced Higher A grades.

Rebecca Lavery, Head of the Advanced Higher Hub, said: “We are delighted to be a finalist in the SQA Star Awards. This innovative and unique immersion and transition programme supports young people‘s aspirations ?to successfully progress on to Higher Education. The success of the Hub owes much to the continued partnership working between Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow City Council and the Scottish Funding Council.”

Bailie Liz Cameron, Executive Member for Children, Young People & Lifelong Learning said: “We have nurtured and developed a wonderful partnership with Glasgow Caledonian University over the years and I am delighted that the Hub has been shortlisted for this prestigious award. The Hub offers our young people more opportunities to experience learning within a higher education environment and better flexibility to study Advanced Higher courses and the excellent results over the last few years speak for themselves.”

SQA Chief Executive, Dr Janet Brown, said: “I congratulate all the finalists on making it this far in the competition and wish them the very best of luck on the night. The SQA Star Awards provide a fantastic opportunity to recognise learners for their achievements, and also acknowledge the outstanding work of our centres – the schools, colleges, training providers, and employers who deliver our qualifications. The awards ceremony gives us a chance to thank those who give our learners the guidance, support, and encouragement they need to realise their potential.”

Fellow finalists in the partnership category are Glasgow Clyde College and the Conservation & Traditional Skills Partnership, Edinburgh City. The winner will be announced at a ceremony on Friday, November 11 in The Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh.