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16 . Glasgow Business April/May 2016

Project launch

Pioneering initiative to enable non-English speakers to access language classes

Global network

GCU launches Common Good First project

Councillor Soryia Siddique with the officials launching the initiative

A pioneering initiative to make it easier for non-English speakers to access language classes across the city has been launched at Glasgow Clyde College. Southside Central Councillor and

Executive Member for Citizens and Communities, Soryia Siddique and Johann Lamont MSP, were among those who attended the launch to

find out more about the ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) Access Project and meet students who are currently benefitting from ESOL classes in Glasgow. ESOL courses are specifically

designed to help settle non- native speakers and increase their confidence in everyday life through improving their understanding of the


Rhona Baillie, Chief Executive, The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice with representatives of St. James’s Place Foundation

£375,000 donation for young patients at Glasgow’s Hospice

The project to build a new hospice for Glasgow has received a huge cash boost from the St. James’s Place Foundation. The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice’s £21m new build on a site at Bellahouston Park has been awarded a grant of £375,000 from the charitable arm of St. James’ Place Wealth Management. The substantial donation, one of the biggest received

by the hospice, will be spread over the next two to three years and help to fund the young people’s lounge and courtyard. Glasgow’s Hospice cares for more than 1200 patients

and families each year and has outgrown its much-loved home at Carlton Place. Patients will move to the new purpose-built facility in spring 2018 which will include individual rooms that open onto a shared courtyard space, accommodation for families and facilities to care for young people aged from 15 years and upwards. The donation from the St. James’s Place Foundation will be used specifically in the facilities for younger patients.

James Wilson, Curriculum Head: Industry Academy and Youth Employability, City of Glasgow College; Ellis Beaton, Creative and Digital Media Modern Apprentice; and Katelin O’Neil, Managing Director and founder, 29steps

City of Glasgow College and 29steps marked the recent Scottish Apprenticeship Week with the launch of a Creative and Digital Media Modern Apprenticeship. Ellis Beaton is the new partnership’s first Creative and Digital Media Modern Apprentice. The 18-year- old from Glasgow is currently a trainee creative film-maker with 29steps – a social enterprise and entrepreneurial venture which has grown out of creative communications agency, 29studios. Ellis started his Modern Apprenticeship with City

of Glasgow College recently. Once completed, he will achieve a Diploma in Creative and Digital Media at SCQF Level 7.

City of Glasgow College and 29steps launch new Modern Apprenticeship

English language. The project is being run as a partnership between Glasgow Clyde College, City of Glasgow College, Glasgow Kelvin College, Glasgow ESOL Forum, Glasgow Life and Workers Educational Association, all of which are ESOL providers. It is also being supported by Glasgow City Council.

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) has launched Common Good First, a digital exchange of grassroots solutions to pressing social problems both in the UK and around the world. With the concept of a

community-driven global network sparked by Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Pamela Gillies CBE FRSE, GCU has been working with the Centre for Social Entrepreneurship and the Social Economy at the University of Johannesburg. The six-month pilot will identify community projects in Glasgow and the Gauteng province in South Africa which could be brought to life through video, social media, the web and digital storytelling tools. A number of initiatives

focused on youth and education were selected for the pilot, including Fear Free Life, a Johannesburg group working on crime prevention through visits to high schools in communities where gangs operate, Drumchapel’s G15 Youth Project, Soweto’s Kliptown Youth Project, and Freedom Bakery, which provides prisoners with skills that make them employable. Led by GCU’s Director of

Digital Collaboration, Julie Adair, the Common Good First team has worked with the community projects to, first, promote its objectives online and then to investigate how academic networks could input innovative approaches to social change in response to the challenges the projects are facing. The platform will draw on the

expertise of academics working in cross-disciplinary teams, who will compare and evaluate these community solutions and offer research opportunities, real-world examples of social innovation for learning and teaching across the University and practical opportunities for student engagement.

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