Mobility Awards

Mobility Awards enable GCU students to undertake life changing opportunities beyond Glasgow and the UK, including studying abroad, international professional placements or charity work overseas.

Opportunity to develop the following Common Good Attributes
Active and global citizenship
Entrepreneurial mind-set
Responsible leadership
What’s involved?
GCU students have the opportunity to apply for a mobility award (also called travel award). These awards enable students to undertake life changing opportunities beyond Glasgow and the UK, including studying abroad, international professional placements or charity work overseas. For students the ability to gain a global perspective, or simply experience other cultures can be life changing, confidence boosting and career enhancing. These awards, which range from £500 - £1000, are supported by a number of donors, including Santander Universities and Sir Alex Ferguson CBE.
How will participating in this activity/opportunity allow students to make a positive difference to the communities that we serve?
Mobility awards provide the opportunity for students to participate in activities in areas of the world where their expertise and knowledge can make a direct and lasting impact. In addition, the experience of study abroad or overseas charity work allows students to gain skills and perspectives which can be brought home to benefit local communities, including the University community.
What are the benefits of taking part in this activity/opportunity for participating students?
At GCU we want to help students make the most of their educational journey, regardless of their financial circumstances or background. Mobility awards help to address this. Not only do they ease the financial burden of undertaking an overseas work placement for example, but they also serve to enhance a student’s global perspective in terms of identifying societal trends and challenges, and embracing diversity. Mobility awards play an important role in assisting a student’s overall personal development through new life experiences, ultimately enhancing their employability and capacity to make a positive contribution to society.
Success stories
BSc Building Surveying student, Michael Roy, was awarded a mobility award to undertake research on built heritage conservation in Jakarta, Indonesia for his dissertation. Michael said “The experience provided me with a broader outlook of the globalised built environment industry which has fuelled my desire to succeed at GCU and in my future career.”
Which School or department delivers/ supports this activity?
Glasgow Caledonian University Foundation
Which students can participate in this activity?
For specific requirements and criteria please refer to each particular programme. Students are required to complete an online application form in order to be considered for a mobility award. Applicants must demonstrate achievement in their chosen area and have a clear plan of what they hope to achieve with the help of the mobility award. Applications will be reviewed by a panel and successful applicants will be notified shortly after the panel meeting. Successful applicants will be expected to provide a thank you letter to the donor, and also to provide a donor report upon completion of their activity, within advised timescales.
Name: Nina Campbell
Role: Development Manager
Department/School: Glasgow Caledonian University Foundation
Telephone: 0141 273 1014