Kayleigh Van Dongen, BSc (Hons) Forensic Investigation

I manage GCU’s Soup Kitchen, a team of volunteers who help support homeless people in Glasgow. We prepare hot drinks and distribute them in Cadogan Street in partnership with Feed Glasgow and Emmaus. The Soup Kitchen gives so many people somewhere to go to talk…

Sean Wilkie, MA TV Fiction Writing

The Graduettes, my sit-com, has just launched online. It focuses on three female graduates, their lesser halves and the crazy situations they get into. It’s loosely inspired by a situation my wife and I found ourselves in – very loosely! We filmed the six-part series…

Kylie Fagan, PhD student and Magnusson Award winner

I’m passionate about giving people a voice in local health care and I’m in my second year of a PhD that looks at how innovative communities across rural Scotland are becoming more engaged in their local health services. My PhD focuses on the Nuka System…

Joanne Murray, BSc Psychology

I wasn’t even sure exactly where Sri Lanka was when I spotted an amazing volunteering opportunity there. I joined Sri Lanka Volunteers Global for five weeks. It’s a newish organisation and it caught my eye as it was started by psychology graduates, which fitted with…

Ambreen Saira Hussain BSc (Hons) Optometry

I was thrilled to be named 2016’s Student of the Year by contact-lens manufacturer CooperVision. I was awarded the title at the National Student Summit at the company’s HQ after presenting my research into the effect of contact-lens material on in-vitro wettability in adverse environmental…

Julie Burns, MSc in Human Resource Management

My day job is at GCU as the Senior Executive PA to the Principal and I’ve just graduated with an MSc in Human Resource Management. I was apprehensive, but after the first couple of weeks, once I got to know my classmates, I realised we…

Charlotte Ryan, MA Multimedia Journalism with Distinction

I had been working as a freelance journalist for two years, but wanted to improve and crucially, get a good job. The course helped me with both. The lecturers were really approachable and got to know us all. I took ill halfway through the year…

Oliver Stewart, BEng Computer Aided Mechanical Engineering

I’m being awarded the Best BEng (Hons) Computer Aided Mechanical Engineering Student Award at graduation – which is sponsored by Thales, the company I’m now working for – as well as The Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ Outstanding Project Award. If you’d told me four or…

Corrinne Taylor, BSC Nursing (Learning Disabilities)

I’m delighted to be graduating with the Victoria Infirmary Glasgow Nurses League Prize for Best Student in Practice, and as a runner up for the academic achievement award. I feel very honoured. I’m already working as Community Learning Disability Nurse in South Lanarkshire and I’m…

Damien Mullen MA TV Fiction Writing

I was writing my dissertation for an MA in TV Fiction Writing at GCU when I was approached to write a script for the prestigious A Play, a Pie and a Pint series. I was overwhelmed but it is the biggest opportunity for new writing…