Supporting students

As our students faced uncertainty on so many fronts, we offered continuity and stability by rapidly transforming our teaching and support services to a remote working model. 

We were among the first institutions to waive rents for our accommodation and we gave students joining frontline NHS staff free accommodation at Caledonian Court. 

The GCU Foundation redirected £110,000 to support students facing hardship, ensuring those most in need had the technology to continue their studies online and remain connected to family and friends. The money was also used to cover essentials such as food and rent. 

Wellbeing

Santander Universities gave us £25,000 to help train 300 staff to support student mental health and wellbeing. They learned how to help students struggling with the 'new normal' of learning online, socialising while social distancing and virtual classrooms, as well as negative experiences of lockdown, anxiety around their livelihoods, health concerns and conditions such as agoraphobia.  

Our staff worked tirelessly to ensure that when the time came for some of our students to return to GCU they came back to a secure and safe campus. And we ensured they - and students across the city - were able to head home to celebrate Christmas while protecting their families by opening our COVID-19 testing centre to them. The centre offered free tests to GCU, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow Kelvin College, Glasgow Clyde College and City of Glasgow College students.

Crucial support for graduates  

We launched MINT (Mentoring, Internships, Networking and Talks) to support our graduates with the backing of Sir Alex Ferguson. The scheme helped ensure our graduates maximised their chances of getting their foot on the career ladder in the wake of the pandemic. Sir Alex launched the scheme with £200,000 of funding.