Student success

Our students continue to be our finest ambassadors, achieving success and industry recognition at national and international level. Here are some examples of their achievements.

  • Maria Khokhar was named GCU Student of the Year for her commitment to the University and its neighbouring communities through, for example, founding GCU’s Cyber Security Clinic, and to the Common Good
  • Andrew Gray was named Scottish Degree Student of the Year at the British Education Awards for his outstanding academic, fundraising and charity work
  • Cyber Security students helped hundreds of commuters stay safe online at a pop-up clinic. Rail passengers flocked to get free online safety advice as students launched GCU’s free Cyber Security Clinic - sharing expert knowledge on how to protect against online security attacks
  • The Nursing Times named Craig Davidson its Student Nurse of the Year in recognition of his outstanding commitment to nursing, his work to represent students and his journalism
  • Former Scots Guardsman John Templeton took centre stage at a major lifelong learning event at the Scottish Parliament where he told dignitaries that studying mental health at GCU had changed his life 
  • The #Erasethegrey campaign, co-created by students and staff, was highly commended by Edurank in its student wellbeing campaign awards and lauded by MP Alison Thewliss. The campaign uses hard-hitting posters challenging stereotypical views to highlight the work the University does to combat sexual and gender-based violence
  • Podiatrists Thomas Aird and Nicole Dolan cared for thousands of athletes at the Special Olympics World Summer Games 2019 in Abu Dhabi
  • MEng Computer-Aided Mechanical Engineering students showcased a flat-pack wind turbine - designed to power temporary accommodation in refugee camps - at the Scottish Engineering Leaders Awards and at Gatwick Airport. They spent months bringing to life the portable turbine, invented by a school pupil and handpicked from 11,000 entries to a national competition run by the not-for-profit organisation Primary Engineer.
  • Climate justice research student Eilidh Watson presented campaigner Greta Thunberg with a prestigious environmental award in recognition of her work to combat climate change on behalf of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society (RSGS)
  • A sustainable fashion range created from cashmere waste and a collection designed to raise awareness of homelessness lit up the runway at the sold-out 2019 GCU Fashion Show