Glasgow Caledonian University

Transforming children's future aspirations

The Caledonian Club is an initiative designed to widen access which was established by Glasgow Caledonian University in 2008. It was set up to support and raise educational aspirations, enabling young people in five communities across Glasgow to build key life skills and confidence and to achieve positive destinations.

These communities serve largely deprived neighbourhoods, which were identified as having particularly low progression rates to further and higher education. The Club now operates in London and is planned in New York, where the university has campuses.

In the academic year 2015–16, over 2,300 pupils and over 400 parents directly participated in Caledonian Club activities – 90% expressed an increase in confidence, 92% had a better understanding of university and 68% of pupils reported that they aspired to go to university, after completing their Caledonian Club project.

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