Student success

GCU’s students continue to be the University’s finest ambassadors, achieving success and industry recognition at national and international level. Here are some examples of their achievements.

GCU Law Clinic was nominated for one of the Scottish legal sector's most prestigious awards. The clinic, which offers free legal advice to people who do not qualify for legal aid and can’t afford professional advice, was shortlisted in the Pro Bono category at the 2017 Law Awards of Scotland.

Isatou Njai won an opportunity to meet Sir Richard Branson and £5000 for her UHatch supported company after triumphing in a Virgin Media business event. Isatou impressed the judges with her pitch for her breakfast drink firm Hippo & Hedgehog in the Virgin Media Voom Tour. Hippo & Hedgehog had already secured £1000 from Santander Universities and Scottish Edge Wildcard funding of up to £10,000 to produce Baotic, made from the African superfruit baobab.

Pictured left-to-right: Catherine Truel, James Bowness, and Lucy Forsyth

Runner James Bowness represented Britain in the World University Games with the support of Sir Alex Ferguson and the Talented Athletes Programme. PhD student James was awarded a Sir Alex Ferguson Travel Award by the GCU Foundation to help fund his participation in the 29th Games in Taipei, Taiwan.

Lucy Forsyth was awarded a prestigious Carnegie Trust Vacation Scholarship to independently explore the role of muscle weakness in the disabling condition plantar heel pain, which is estimated to affect up to 10% of the adult population.

A business launched by PhD student Catherine Truel picked up a Scottish Institute for Enterprise Award. Alegrant, a platform facilitating cross-border transactions, was supported by UHatch.

Lewis Pour, an Advanced Internetwork Engineering Masters student (pictured above, right), won investment from entrepreneur and former Apprentice contestant Raj Dhonota to support the launch of a new easy-swipe job-search app. UniJobApp helps students and graduates find internships, placements and work, and was developed by Lewis in partnership with Dundee University student Zane Powell and with the support of UHatch.

Adebayo Aibinu was elected Glasgow’s first black councillor. Adebayo, who is studying a PhD in the School of Health and Life Sciences, was elected to represent the city’s Victoria Park ward.

The inaugural Common Good Award digital badge for Active and Global Citizenship was presented to Joanna McAleer. Joanna, a fourth-year BA Hons International Business and Tourism Management student, was recognised for her voluntary work supporting refugees in Greece. The award aims to encourage and support students in developing the skills and attributes to make a positive difference.

Jodie Waite, then Vice President of GCU Students' Association, was elected Vice President Education of the National Union of Students (NUS) in Scotland - the first woman to hold the post. Jodie, who took up the post in July, said: “I am ecstatic. Representing half a million students will certainly be challenging but it will also be so exciting.”