GCU launches College Connect Strategy

03 February 2014

The College Connect strategy provides a framework for GCU to support articulation

The College Connect strategy provides a framework for GCU to support articulation

Glasgow Caledonian University marked the launch of its College Connect Strategy for 2013-2020 by welcoming the new Chair of the Scottish Funding Council (SFC), Professor Alice Brown, to deliver a keynote address to staff, student representatives and invited guests.

The College Connect strategy provides a framework for GCU to support articulation and further enhance GCU’s existing relationships with its partner colleges.

Speaking at the launch event, Principal Professor Pamela Gillies CBE said: “This strategy is a truly collaborative one and together with our college partners we are determined to deliver an outstanding experience for our articulating students.”

SFC Chair Professor Alice Brown’s address focused on the transformative power of lifelong learning and the need for increased widening participation at Higher Education level. 

Executive Dean of Glasgow School for Business and Society and Pro Vice Chancellor for Learning and Teaching, Professor John Wilson, Eleanor Wilson, Director of UK Recruitment and Outreach, and Professor Ruth Whittaker, Director of GCU LEAD also delivered presentations.

Professor Whittaker described the strategy as a “step change” for the University. The Strategy includes a commitment to enhanced engagement with students through the College Connect Academy, which will encompass a programme of social and academic activities inspired by input from the Caledonian Club, Schools and Colleges Engagement and Transition Team (SCETT), masterclasses, online resources, and an Associate Student Scheme to enrich the student experience and improve articulation rates. 

GCU has a long and proud history of successful partnership working with the college sector as part of its commitment to widening participation. The College Connect Strategy 2013-20 represents a new and exciting phase in GCU’s relationship with partner colleges and the University has drawn on the good practice developed through the many initiatives already in place. These include the Greater Glasgow Articulation Partnership (GGAP) and the work undertaken by the Schools and Colleges Engagement and Transition Team (SCETT), the Mentoring and Peer Support Scheme (MAPs) and the Learning Development Centres in the three academic Schools.

Computer (Information Systems Development) student, Anne-Marie Docherty, and GCU’s Vice President of education at the Students’ Association, Neill Clark, described their experiences as well as their hopes for students making the move from college to university. 

Neill said: “A focused strategy shows GCU is committed to widening participation. The plans will allow students to become part of the GCU community before they have even stepped onto campus.”