Student success

Andrew Mullen

Our students continue to be our finest ambassadors, achieving success and recognition at national and international level. 

Swimmer Andrew Mullen put his final-year Finance, Investment and Risk studies on hold to compete in Tokyo in his third Paralympic Games.  

The United Nations picked PhD researcher Emma Kidd’s project, the Fashion Detox Challenge, as an example of Sustainable Development Goal best practice. Emma created the Detox to address overconsumption and reduce clothing waste, asking participants to abstain from buying new clothes for 10 weeks. 

Sexual health and blood-borne viruses doctoral student Ross Kincaid won a prestigious American STD Association Award for his research presentation at the STI & HIV 2021 World Congress conference. 

Gabrielle Williamson

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon recognised Gabrielle Williamson’s inspirational mental health blog “Let’s Blether”. The Social Sciences student was delighted to receive a letter from Scotland’s First Minster acknowledging the topics covered in the blog.

MEng Electrical Power Engineering student Dale Colley shared his research in accessing hard-to-reach water when he joined the UK Pavilion panel at the Dubai Expo, the Middle East’s first international exhibition bringing together innovators to tackle global challenges. 

Learning Disability Nursing student Lynne Jordan hoped to inspire other women drivers as she took the wheel in Formula Woman, a driving contest designed to discover the world’s next female motor racing champion. 

Lynne Jordan took the wheel in Formula Woman

Eimear McCoy, who’s studying Human Nutrition and Dietetics, won the UK Data Service’s prestigious Dissertation Award for her exploration of the social factors influencing which Scots mums-to-be are taking the recommended dose of folic acid. 

Human Nutrition and Dietetics student Vasiliki Papadopoulou joined the Council of Deans of Health’s Student Leadership Programme which is developing future healthcare and social care leaders. 

Monica Allen’s dedication to climate justice was rewarded when she was asked to lead a team as a Volunteers Ambassador at COP 26. 

Electrical Power Engineering student Adam Scott won the Institution of Engineering and Technology Prize in recognition of his outstanding course work. 

Cell and Molecular Biology student Beatrice Villani’s decision to swap the Colosseum for the Kelpies by moving from Rome to Falkirk was rewarded when she won the Royal Society of Biology Top Student Award 2021.  

Social Sciences student Catherine Mackie helped put free music tuition on the secondary schools’ curriculum when she successfully lobbied the country’s leaders as part of a Scottish Youth Parliament member campaign.

Catherine Mackie at the Scottish Youth Parliament

Human Nutrition and Dietetics student Elaine Penman was named the British Dietetic Association’s Student Champion of the Year. 

The Council of Deans of Health invited Natalie Elliott to share the student experience of nursing at its Research Strategy Conference. Adult Nursing student Natalie, president of the GCU Nursing Society, was asked to discuss how nursing can encourage students to take up careers in research. 

Social Sciences students Amy Lawrence and Anni Taitto were awarded prestigious Carnegie Vacation Scholarships. The scheme gives outstanding undergraduate students financial support to develop their independent research. 

Psychology students Elanor Cormack and Zoe Black gave young swimmers and their coaches a mental-health boost during lockdown with a series of online workshops.

Entrepreneur, artist and Occupational Therapy student Karis Knight launched The V.O.W project to share women’s stories through art. Karis, who runs her own design company, created a series of paintings inspired by the life stories of women drawn from across society. 

Karis Knight

Psychology students Eleanor Cormack and Zoe Black gave young swimmers and their coaches a mental-health boost during lockdown with a series of online workshops. The DPsych Sport and Exercise students helped the Scottish Amateur Swimming Association with self-awareness, anxiety management, team building and communication. 

GCU’s LGBT Group was crowned Liberation and Representation Group Of The Year at the GCU Students’ Association Star Awards for the third year in a row. 

The group helped to introduce gender-neutral toilets on campus and raised awareness of queer sober spaces and the disproportionate prevalence of violence against trans women of colour – as well as taking its annual Glitter Ball online during the pandemic. 

GCU’s LGBT Group won a Star Award

Rachel Bond became the first GCU student to receive a prestigious scholarship from the Scottish Universities Law Institute. Rachel’s scholarship funded her thesis on how the Scottish healthcare sector responds to patient safety concerns.

PhD student Paul Ager was named an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA) in recognition of his dedication to teaching. 

GCU Students’ Association was once again accredited Excellent in the National Union for Students' Green Impact Awards, a United Nations award-winning programme designed to support environmentally and socially sustainable practice. 

And we challenged our students to tackle some of the world's most pressing problems when we joined the prestigious Clinton Global Initiative University Network. Established by former US President Bill Clinton, the network helps young people turn their ideas on how to make the world a better place into practical action. 

Daneyal Mirza, Emma Kidd and Monica Allen were challenged to tackle some of the world's most pressing problems when they joined the prestigious Clinton Global Initiative University Network Class of 2021.