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Scotlands Secretary of State visits students at Glasgow Caledonian University

03 February 2014

Principal Professor Pamela Gillies CBE with Secretary of State for Scotland, Alistair Carmichael, Chair of Court Antony Brian, and Professor Lesley Sawers

Principal Professor Pamela Gillies CBE with Secretary of State for Scotland, Alistair Carmichael, Chair of Court Antony Brian, and Professor Lesley Sawers

Students from Glasgow Caledonian University welcomed the Secretary of State for Scotland, the Rt Hon Alistair Carmichael MP to the campus on the 30 January.

The Minister held a Q&A session in the Students’ Association before being interviewed on Radio Caley. He used the opportunity to encourage students to be entrepreneurial and play a part in the University’s local community.

During an earlier meeting, Principal Professor Pamela Gillies CBE and Professor Lesley Sawers, Vice Principal & Pro Vice-Chancellor for Business, Enterprise & Innovation, and Mr Antony Brian, the University’s Chair of Court, and the Secretary of State discussed GCU’s common good mission and internationalisation strategy.

Speaking of his visit to the GCU, the Secretary of State said: “It was a great pleasure to visit Glasgow Caledonian University. The campus at GCU is clearly a very welcoming environment for students to learn and this has allowed for creativity and enthusiasm to thrive.

“I am very impressed by GCU’s efforts to develop links with the business community and encourage entrepreneurship amongst their students.  Ultimately this will benefit the city of Glasgow, Scotland’s economy and most importantly ensures that graduates who want to start their own business have the best possible chance of fulfilling their potential.

“GCU is the only University in the whole of the UK to have established a campus in Glasgow, London and New York.  This is a tremendous achievement, they are leading the way for other Universities in the UK to follow and this shows that there is an exciting and energising future for GCU in the years ahead.”

Principal Professor Pamela Gillies CBE said: “We were delighted to host the Secretary of State for this visit, and that he was so generous with his valuable time. It was encouraging to have such positive discussions about our activity as a globally engaged University working to deliver for the common good.”

Students’ Association President Matt Lamb said: “We are always keen to speak to policy makers and influencers and we were pleased to welcome Mr Carmichael. It is important the Secretary of State for Scotland hears the voice of our students.”

Earlier in the day, Mr Carmichael delivered a presentation to budding entrepreneurs at a boot camp event organised by Entrepreneurial Spark (ESpark) at GCU. The boot camp is the first step for businesses on the ESpark programme and prepares new entrepreneurs with the process.