Industry experts shape students' leadership credentials

24 January 2017

Students from the Glasgow School for Business and Society bolstered their employability potential through a bespoke leadership course.

More than 70 students from across the School gained insight from industry experts and completed organisational challenges during the three-day Frontrunner course in partnership with Common Purpose.

Common Purpose delivers leadership development programmes which inspire people to work together across boundaries. Frontrunner is tailored to support students, enhancing their employability potential and self-confidence.

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) students heard from representatives of organisations including the Big Lottery, Macmillan Cancer Support and MacRoberts LLP.

The students also visited a range of businesses and charities from the Scottish Refugee Council to PriceWaterhouseCooper, going behind the scenes and getting an opportunity to quiz organisational leaders on their roles.

On the final day, organisations including the British Heart Foundation Scotland and Morgan Stanley set leadership challenges for the students to work up solutions.

Second year BA (Hons) Accountancy student Tuba Muqaddas said: “You don’t get a lot of chances to participate on these types of programmes. It was a really valuable and fun experience.”

Dr Shirley Rate, Associate Dean Learning Teaching and Quality in the Glasgow School for Business and Society, said: "Our top priority is to ensure our students have the skills and knowledge to be fully prepared to make a positive difference in the workplace.

"The Frontrunner course exposes students to numerous leaders and leadership styles and allows them to observe, contribute and network with experts in leadership. Students who graduate from this course are more confident and assured of their leadership skills and are better prepared for employment."