Social entrepreneurship

We will deliver a distinctive approach to learning and teaching which supports the development of social entrepreneurialism, responsible leadership, curiosity and divergent thinking, and which creates distinctive global graduates who can address real-world issues and put their ideas into action.

Social entrepreneurship is a growing global phenomenon. In support of its mission as a University for the Common Good, GCU supports entrepreneurial thinking, with students and staff able to study issues of social mission, governance, legal forms, attitudes to profit, relationship to the public and private sectors, business planning and resource management. GCU embeds responsible management, social responsibility and sustainability into all learning, teaching and research, a commitment that led GCU to become the first UK university member of the United Nations Global Compact.

Ashoka U Changemaker Campus

The University’s influence and role in addressing 21st century issues through education, research and community initiatives is endorsed at home and at an international level.

GCU is Scotland’s first university Ashoka U Changemaker Campus in recognition of its GCU’s leadership role in nurturing social innovation and enterprise skills. As one of only 30 Ashoka U Changemaker Campus institutions worldwide, GCU is a member of a network that includes Brown University, Cornell University and Johns Hopkins in the US.

Work is ongoing with the GCU Students’ Association and social entrepreneurs to offer placements within social ventures and to harness opportunities with Changemaker Campuses overseas.

United Nations PRME champion

GCU embeds responsible management, social responsibility and sustainability into all learning, teaching and research, a commitment that led GCU to become the first UK university member of the United Nations Global Compact.

Developed in 2007, PRME is a United Nations (UN) Global Compact-backed initiative to promote and inspire responsible management education and research in academic institutions around the world. The global reach of the initiative now includes 500 leading business schools and academic institutions from over 80 countries.

GCU became a signatory to PRME in January 2012. The University’s participation, led by Glasgow School for Business and Society, demonstrates its commitment to ensure that the PRME principles are central to teaching, learning, and research across all disciplines.

GCU is a founding member of the UK & Ireland PRME Chapter, which was established in 2014, and now has 56 members. The Chapter’s remit is to work with higher education institutions and related bodies to support the integration of PRME in the UK and Ireland.

UHatch

UHatch, the University’s on-campus enterprise incubator, helps students, staff and alumni to start their own businesses. Its unique approach is supported by the sharing of cross-disciplinary applied knowledge and research. Since its launch in 2014, UHatch has engaged with more than 150 students and currently hosts six SMEs. 

Enhancement-led institutional review (ELIR)

The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) has confirmed the quality of the student experience and the academic standard of awards at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) following its review this spring.

A team of QAA reviewers visited GCU and judged that it has effective arrangements for managing academic standards and enhancing the student learning experience.

The review identified a number of examples of positive practice. These include the successful approach to widening participation and helping students from a wide variety of backgrounds make a successful transition to the University; the clear focus on employability and strong links with business and industry which ensure that students engage with employability skills and career-related opportunities; and the internationalisation of the student experience through opportunities to study abroad and, for those remaining in Scotland, drawing on projects and case studies with an international focus.

The review also highlighted the reflection of the University's Commitment to the Common Good in its culture and engagement with the wider community.