A “landmark partnership” between GCU and Glasgow’s professional ice hockey team saw top-flight North American players combine their sporting and educational ambitions. Elite players Ryan Potulny and Adam Brace will play for Braehead Clan while studying at GCU.

Grameen Caledonian College of Nursing celebrated its sixth graduation ceremony in Dhaka. Seventy students of the award-winning college, co-founded by GCU and Grameen Healthcare Trust in 2010, were awarded diplomas by GCU Emeritus Chancellor Professor Muhammad Yunus. The graduates have all already successfully secured jobs in Dhaka’s hospitals.

In South Africa, 183 Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) employees graduated with qualifications including BSc in Railway Operations Management, Diplomas of Higher Education and Certificates of Higher Education in Railway Operations Management. GCU Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Pamela Gillies CBE FRSE led the fourth graduation ceremony at the TFR’s School of Rail campus. She was joined by Transnet Group Chief Executive Siyabonga Gama. GCU’s School for Work Based Education has been working in partnership with the University of Johannesburg for four years to deliver a unique, bespoke programme to Transnet Freight Rail and more than 530 employees have successfully completed the programme.

GCU students once again won the city’s Santa Sacks Challenge. The event challenges students to collect more Christmas goodies for Glasgow’s elderly residents than their peers at the city’s other universities. GCU Students’ Association triumphed over their counterparts at the University of Glasgow and Strathclyde University, collecting 923 items.

A thousand pupils from Glasgow schools attended the 2017 Cyber Security Christmas Lectures at GCU. The event’s fun, interactive sessions – are designed to inspire young people to consider a career in cybersecurity and are backed by Police Scotland, the Scottish Government, Skills Development Scotland, SQA, Young Scot, Scottish Enterprise, and Education Scotland.