LAUNCH EVENT: GCU – Scotland’s first Changemaker Campus

What is it? A day event to share the achievements of staff, students and community partners across the diverse field of social innovation and to celebrate GCU’s newly acquired Ashoka U Changemaker Campus status.

When is it? 31st March 2015 between 10am – 4pm

Where is it? CEE Building, Room 6/7, Glasgow Caledonian University (map)

Who is it for? Everyone who is interested in finding out more about social innovation and the various GCU programmes and projects that are involved in this field.

Who will be there? The event will be launched by GCU Principal Pamela Gillies CBE and we have a range of fantastic guest speakers including Mel Young (of the Big Issue in Scotland), Pauline Graham (from Social Firms Scotland) and Neil McLean (from the Social Enterprise Academy). We’ll also have presentations from staff and students including GCU’s Hult Prize Team, Chancellor Yunus Scholars and Optometry students from the South African Phelophepa ‘Train of Hope’ project. For full programme see here

Any other info? Lunch will be provided by Glasgow based social enterprise Spoon Café. Spoon Café not only serves delicious food, but, as part of the registered charity Unity Enterprise, aims to provide a range and quality of services which assist in empowering individuals, enriching their lives and enabling them to achieve positive outcomes. Spoon helps in many ways, from direct employment to selling donated furniture from their cafe.


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Mel Young


Mel Young: Co-founder of the Big Issue in Scotland

Mel Young, is recognised as one of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs. In 1993 he co-founded The Big Issue in Scotland. The weekly magazine is sold by homeless people in the streets of Scotland and now has a circulation of 40,000. Mel is an honorary Doctor of the University.

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Pauline Graham


Pauline Graham: CEO of Social Firms Scotland

Pauline has been at the forefront of championing the social enterprise movement in Scotland for well over twelve years. As CEO of Social Firm Scotland (SFS) she is passionate about the value of social firms in creating work opportunities for people who experience barriers to employment – in particular, people with a disability, mental health issue, substance abuse, a prison record, homeless issue and young people.

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Neil McLean


Neil McLean: CEO of Social Enterprise Academy

Neil has been the Chief Executive of Social Enterprise Academy for almost 7 years. During this time, the Academy has become the largest Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM) Centre in Scotland, annually supporting around 1,200 people from across Scotland to develop their leadership and entrepreneurship skills.



Last month, GCU were officially welcomed into the Ashoka U Changemaker Campus network by colleagues and peers at the 2015 Ashoka U Exchange. The status is awarded to leading institutions in social innovation education and the network includes internationally-renowned universities such as Brown, Cornell and Johns Hopkins. GCU’s inclusion reflects its global reputation in promoting social innovation through teaching and research.

This day event will aim to showcase the stories and achievements of our socially innovative students, staff and community partners and offers the opportunity to engage with world leaders in the field of social innovation.

For more information and to register please see our Eventbrite page.

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