Gaming for Glasgow wins Silver at Game Changer Awards

04 April 2014

Lewis ONeill, St Mungo's Academy and Jade Louden, Smithycroft Secondary School

Lewis ONeill, St Mungo's Academy and Jade Louden, Smithycroft Secondary School

Glasgow Caledonian University has won silver at the Scottish Government’s Game Changer Awards for its work in schools to develop digital skills.

The Game Changer awards ceremony, held in the Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow, recognised the innovative digital educational programme, Gaming for Glasgow. The awards, organised in collaboration with Colleges Scotland and Universities Scotland, celebrated the varied and significant contributions that colleges and higher education institutions make to every aspect of the Games and to sport in Scotland.

Gaming for Glasgow is delivered by GCU’s School of Engineering and Built Environment to Glasgow schools and is supported by the Celtic FC Foundation and the Caledonian Club. It brings together more than 200 GCU staff, students and pupils from nine Primary schools across Glasgow. Its aim is to improve digital skills by designing and creating interactive games and storytelling. The project has received the support of industry experts such as film director Danny McGrath.

GCU’s Dr Gianna Cassidy, Project Organiser and Lecturer, said: “Gaming for Glasgow is a collaborative project with Glasgow schools developing skills for students and pupils in the city. Built around the theme of Glasgow 2014 and it’s legacy priorities, the project celebrates learning and shares teaching excellence as well as exploring the cultural diversity of Glasgow and its communities. It is a privilege to receive recognition for this work and thanks go to all those who have dedicated their time and talent to make this project a success.”

GCU was shortlisted within the Learning and Skills category. With more than 110 entries from staff and students from colleges and universities across the Scotland and a total of 21 institutions taking part, GCU was delighted to receive the award.

Dr Morag Ferguson, Community and Public Engagement Fellow, said: “The project gives students the opportunity to benefit from learning in a real world environment and to gain academic credit for sharing their skills with school children in Glasgow. It is important that knowledge is shared for the common good.”

GCU staff also provide support to teachers with continuous professional development training and mentoring in digital audio, building a long-term working relationship in digital education and research between the University and Glasgow schools. The project is supported by the staff and students of the School of Engineering and Built Environment, Glasgow Schools on the Digital Education Programme, and the Celtic FC Foundation.

Winners were joined at the ceremony by guests including the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, Michael Russell; Glasgow 2014’s Chief Executive David Grevemberg; Chair of the Scottish Funding Council, Dr Alice Brown; former first minister Rt. Hon. Henry McLeish; the official Glasgow 2014 mascot, Clyde and Scottish stand-up comedian Fred MacAulay.

Mr Russell, Cabinet Secretary, said:

“The XX Commonwealth Games in Glasgow will be the biggest sporting event ever held in Scotland and I am delighted to see the commitment of our colleges and higher education institutions to the Games’ success. As Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, I am proud and appreciative of the fact that colleges and universities have taken a proactive approach to their involvement with the Games and are helping to deliver a lasting legacy for Scotland.

I was impressed by the high calibre of submissions from institutions the length and breadth of Scotland as I took part in the judging process. The Game Changer Awards are an opportunity to recognise the wide variety of contributions made by staff and students and I congratulate all of the winners.”