Rachel Simpson is the current Student President at GCU Students’ Association, and former Vice President GSBS.
Formerly a Psychology student at Glasgow Caledonian University, in 2017 Rachel was elected as the Vice President for the Glasgow School of Business and Society for the academic term 17-18, and latterly the Student President from 2018.
Rachel has led on multiple initiatives at GCU including introducing the Student Mental Health Agreement. This was developed with the National Union of Students’ and Think Positive, and the agreement is recognised in the sector, and was presented at a launch conference for Think Positive in September 2018. Rachel has also led on the development of the University and Students’ Associations’ work to Prevent and Respond to Gender Based Violence. Rachel’s work in this area was recognized nationally when she was invited to present at the National Union of Students’ Workshop during their Gathering Conference. In 2017, Rachel’s work for Student Carers, Care Experienced Students, and working towards gender equality was shortlisted for the NUS Scotland Diversity Award, and her work leading on GCU Students’ Association’s ethical and environmental campaign resulted in the achievement of the Green Impact Award in 2018.
Outside of her role as Student President, Rachel has obtained a COSCA Counselling Skills Certificate, a postgraduate qualification in Supporting Student Learning and Engagement, and is a student board member of two mental health boards, at Think Positive about Student Mental Health, and Student Minds.
Rachel is a member of University Court, Court Governance and Nominations committee, the People Committee, Finances and General Purposes Committee and Remuneration Committee.