Common Good


Social Innovation for the Common Good @ GCU

Social innovation involves new strategies, ideas and organisations that meet social needs of all kinds. It flourishes when people from different backgrounds and experiences come together to produce new ideas and initiatives.

The University’s commitment to social innovation is reflected in and inspired by its motto, For the Common Good, and is shared by its students and staff at all levels and not least by the University’s Chancellor Dr Annie Lennox OBE.

‌‌GCU is the first university in Scotland to be designated a Changemaker Campus by Ashoka U, reflecting its global reputation in promoting social innovation through teaching and research. 

Glasgow Caledonian University’s commitment to the common good is realised in applied research. Our Yunus Centre for Social Business and Health evaluates the impact of social innovations such as microcredit and social business.


A world’s first, our MSc in Social Business and Microfinance offers students the opportunity to critically evaluate the power of business and to implement positive social change in global environments. Studentships are available for this course. 


Our scholarships enable students from all backgrounds to study at GCU. As the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of over £2.5 million per year.


The Caledonian Club reflects the university mission to promote the common good. GCU students have the opportunity to be involved in mentorship programmes whilst developing leadership, communication and teamwork skills. 


GCCN is a Unilever International Award winning innovative social business, co-founded by GCU to support the poorest women in Bangladesh to become highly skilled nurses and leaders within their communities. 


UHatch is GCU’s entrepreneurial incubator, designed to support innovative new enterprises and act as a knowledge and support hub for students, staff and alumni across the University.