The Only Way is Ethics would like to thank Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) for their support for this year’s festival. As the University for the Common Good, GCU is playing a key role in the transformation of higher education through social inclusion and social responsibility.
GCU became the first Scottish university to join the United Nations Global Compact. GCU has put social responsibility, ethics and sustainability at the top of the agenda for educating future business leaders by integrating the UN Global Compact-backed Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME) throughout the undergraduate and postgraduate curricula.
GCU has a distinctive approach to learning and teaching, which supports the development of entrepreneurialism, responsible leadership, and which creates global graduates who can address real-world issues and put their ideas into action.
Our MSc in Social Business and Microfinance is the first of its kind in the world, supporting students with knowledge of social entrepreneurship, contemporary issues for business and society, and management strategy to enable them to implement positive social change.
In recognition of GCU’s own leadership role in nurturing social innovation and enterprise skills, GCU is Scotland’s first university to become an Ashoka U Changemaker Campus. These institutions share the vision for higher education to become the next global driver of social change by transforming the educational experience into a world-changing experience. In another first, GCU was first university in Scotland to achieve EcoCampus Platinum certification for its environmental practices.
GCU also supports Enactus, an international non-profit organisation dedicated to inspiring students to improve the world through entrepreneurial action. More than 90 GCU students are involved in the Enactus GCU team.
This entrepreneurial way of thinking is supported by Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus (above). As GCU’s Chancellor, he provides leadership, advice and support to the University and has pledged his inspirational stewardship in support of GCU’s goals.
GCU’s research in social innovation, and equalities and justice has had significant impacts on improving gender equality, the development of new interventions for domestic abuse offenders, and challenging perceptions of poverty. GCU’s Yunus Centre for Social Business and Health also has significant expertise in the areas of youth employment and social entrepreneurship, and the effects of the financial and economic crisis on national indifference, populism, xenophobia and other societal challenges.
GCU’s Centre for Climate Justice has been awarded funding from the Scottish Government’s Climate Justice Fund to improve access to water among the poorest and most vulnerable groups in Malawi and Zambia.
The University’s success at embedding ethics, responsibility and sustainability across all aspects of life has been endorsed by the European Foundation for Management Development Programme Accreditation Scheme (EPAS). GCU has achieved the prestigious international EPAS accreditation for a period of three years for its BA Business Programme Set and MSc International Fashion Marketing programmes. This provides robust reassurance to staff, students, academic and business partners that we are a globally-networked university with strong links to our local community.
GCU also raises aspirations and widens access to university by, for example, embedding the successful Caledonian Club across campuses in Glasgow, London and New York, working with children and families to unlock talent and fulfil potential. GCU’s students come from all backgrounds and they benefit from academic standards and work to enhance the student learning experience that has been conferred with the highest judgment by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA).