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The Common Good Award The GCU Skills Award

What is The Common Good Award?

The Common Good Award is a skills and personal development award which aims to encourage, support and reward students who are engaged in co and extra-curricular activity aligned to the Common Good. It will also help you to develop the skills and attributes that employers now increasingly expect in addition to a university degree.

Glasgow Caledonian is the University for the Common Good and our mission is to make a positive difference to the communities we serve.

Our inaugural Common Good Award recipients, May 2018.

What do I need to do to achieve The Common Good Award?

Participation in the Common Good Award could not be easier! First, achieve our Common Good Attributes, by providing evidence of paid or unpaid activity you have been involved with, and which aligns with our Common Good mission - this could be activity you are already engaged with such as mentoring, ambassadorial work, student representation, work in the community, or other off-campus work. You will receive a certificate signed by our Principal, Professor Pamela Gillies, for each attribute you complete!

Then, when you have achieved all four Common Good attributes, send us a short video (3-5 minutes) telling us how your Common Good activity has had an impact and made a positive difference to the individuals, groups or communities you have been working with. You can find advice and support on making your video.

If you are not already involved in Common Good activity, you can find a whole range of things to get involved with at our Common Good Opportunities webpages, or you can visit the Work Experience Hub for 'on campus' work experience opportunities. We also have information on a huge range of internships, part-time, and voluntary opportunities at our Work Experience pages.

See our step by step process below:

The Common Good Award process.

How do I sign up for the Common Good Award?

Signing up for the Common Good Award could not be easier. Simply email us at cgapplications@gcu.ac.uk with your name and student number, with a brief overview of the activity(ies) you are involved with, and we will take it from there!

Where can I find out more about The Common Good Award?

email cgaward@gcu.ac.uk with any queries.

What do employers say about the Common Good Award?

Paul Harkness (Hawk Consultancy) talks about the Common Good Award from an employers perspective.

What do students say about the Common Good Award?

What have students done to achieve the Common Good Award?

Common Good Award recipients 2018. Left to right: Andrew, Nathan, Chloe, Ashley, Fraser, Stephanie, and Laura-Jane.

Common Good Award recipients 2018.

Andrew achieved the Common Good Award for his work in making a positive difference to various communities including organising a charity ceilidh to raise funds for lung cancer, working as a mentor with the Outreach Team to raise educational aspirations, and work with the Students Association on re-branding the Risk and Finance Society.

Nathan received his Common Good Award for his work as a mentor with the GCU Outreach team, and for his mentoring work within the Department of Physiotherapy at GCU, helping support new students. He also founded the first Kishinkai Aikido club in the UK, to inspire students to becoming their best selves and find their own way through practising a martial art.

Chloe received The Common Good Award for her volunteer work with the Govanhill Community Canteen - a multicultural community hub providing meals and a social gathering space for local families and residents. She was also a Student Ambassador with GCU and Co-Chair of Amnesty International Society at the GCU Students Association.

Ashley achieved his Common Good Award for his work as a Team Leader with the East Kilbride Universal Connnections Project. He was responsible for assisting youth workers in the organization and facilitation of groups such as Duke of Edinburgh, primary and secondary school groups. He also helped supervise young people in a variety of settings while building meaningful relationships with them and providing mentoring and support.

Fraser received the Common Good Award for his role as a Special Constable, which included community liaison work, personal safety advice, supporting traffic police at incidents, and helping keep his local community safe.

Stephanie received the Common Good Award for running a number of voluntary drama groups in the community including drama classes for young people with Down’s Syndrome. Stephanie was also a Student Ambassador at GCU, providing information and support for students, staff and visitors to our Glasgow campus.

Laura-Jane achieved her award for a wide range of activities including her role as Girl's Brigade Leader, her work as a GCU Student Ambassador, and her activities as a Team Leader with the WRAP and Enactus initiatives at GCU. Oh, and she also worked as a Common Good Intern, helping us design the Award!

Contact us

If you have any queries about any aspect of The Common Good Award, please email us at cgaward@gcu.ac.uk. We look forward to hearing from you!

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