GCU has a strong social mission, and its motto 'For The Common Weal', meaning for the common good, dates back through its founding institutions to 1875.
In all its activities, the University aims to offer access and opportunity to a diverse range of potential students and apply its knowledge, skills and social capital for the social and economic benefits of the communities it serves around the world.
In discharging our social mission, we build and develop partnerships with educational institutions, local authorities, social enterprises and community groups. Our social mission is embedded across the University, with students and staff engaging in research and outreach activities with local communities in Scotland and internationally.
GCU's major initiative with its local communities is the Caledonian Club, which works with children and young people, from nursery age onwards, and won a national Times Higher Education Award in October 2009 where it was named as Widening Participation Initiative of the Year, as well as Education Initiative of the Year at the national Herald Society Awards.
The vision for the Caledonian Club is unique in that it proposes a linked set of activities sustained over a period of 15-30 years, to deliver social change in our local communities.
Judges praised the "wonderful initiative" for engaging with children as young as three to raise aspirations, transform attitudes to universities and build life skills.