GCU scoops Enactus UK awards

12 April 2017

Enterprising students from Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) won an amazing five awards at the Enactus UK National Competition, which took place in London this week (April 10 and 11).

Enactus is an international non-profit organisation dedicated to inspiring students to improve the world through entrepreneurial action. The national competitions are a showcase of how students are transforming lives and enabling progress.

The Enactus GCU team won two Individual Topic Competitions. The first was the EY-sponsored Empowering Youth Award for their Work Ready Action Programme (WRAP), which sees students mentor school pupils from Castlemilk; and the second KPMG’s Alleviating Homelessness Award for their work on an innovative partnership with Glasgow City Mission, with whom students have a project working alongside City Mission staff and homeless people to develop a jam-making social enterprise. The team was also awarded third place in the Wilko-Sponsored Sustainable Entrepreneurship Award. 

President of Enactus and student of Glasgow School for Business and Society Laura-Jane Howard scooped one of four Best Team Leader Awards, while student Kuljeet Singh won the Enterprise Rent-a-Car Business Engagement award in his role as Enactus GCU Corporate Relations Executive.

Supported by the Dean of Glasgow School for Business and Society, Professor Toni Hilton, the GCU team’s entrepreneurial spirit was rewarded with an impressive string of successes.

Dr Alec Wersun, Senior Lecturer in the Glasgow School for Business and Society, said: “Our results at this year’s Nationals have been fantastic. Not only did we win five awards, but the team impressed judges with an amazing presentation to get through to the semi-finals for the first time. Next year, we will hope to reach the finals. It shows that with the right support, our students can compete with those from around the country. They showcased exactly what it means to be a student from GCU, the University for the Common Good.”