Digital skills celebrated at the Scottish Parliament

10 October 2014

Digital skills celebrated at the Scottish Parliament

Dr Morag Ferguson and Julie Campbell with Liz Smith MSP

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) presented to Scottish Universities' cross-party group at the Scottish Parliament on October 9.

Dr Morag Ferguson, assistant Head of Strategy for Learning and Digital Futures in the School of Engineering and Built Environment (EBE), was invited to address politicians and institutions on behalf of the University's award-winning project Gaming for Glasgow, which received a Game Changer award.

The project was led by Dr Gianna Cassidy from the School of Engineering and Built Environment, in partnership with the Celtic FC Foundation. Programme Leader for BSc in Computer Games Design Julie Campbell supported Dr Ferguson at the event.

Dr Ferguson spoke about the work of students and academics across the EBE, as part of the Commonwealth Games legacy project. The initiative saw more than 200 GCU students work with pupils from nine Glasgow schools to develop digital games. She highlighted the success of the team and described the project as the beginning and not the end.

She added: “The project was incredibly beneficial to our students who were able to use their digital skills to support teachers in Glasgow and pass on their knowledge, skills and enthusiasm for gaming to school pupils. The Game Changer awards, and the opportunity to speak at Parliament, recognised the valuable work undertaken in schools which continues the legacy of the Games.”

Dr Gianna Cassidy and the game design team have started planning a new project, engaging with 10 Glasgow East End learning communities, to co-create mobile applications with the theme of music for wellbeing.

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