Families Learning Together @ GCU is The Caledonian Club's family-focused engagement project. Founded in 2008, The Caledonian Club addresses perceived barriers to education progression by providing positive and rewarding experiences for parents and school pupils within a University setting.

Project Description

Taking place between June 29 and July 3, ‘Families Learning Together @ GCU’ brought together 100 pupils from the Caledonian Club’s five partner primary schools along with parents and family members to GCU’s campus for a week of educational activities.

Supported by Morgan Stanley, the summer programme was launched with musical group Brass Jaw, who are experienced educational performers. The ‘Families Learning Together @GCU’ week of events concluded with a film capturing the activities and a fashion show which showcased the work of both parents and pupils. Other activities throughout the week included cookery, science, sport, fashion and puppetry sessions.

Morgan Stanley’s Glasgow team acted as volunteers during the project; their participation included a Careers Carousel and sports day event. The parents’ Careers Carousel, was led by Skills Development Scotland, GCU’s articulation programme College Connect, and the Open University, with the aim of informing parents of career paths and employment information in an open forum.

The Caledonian Club’s more recent commitment to working with parents has resulted in the development of formal and informal learning opportunities for parents. Working in partnership with the Open University, the Club supports parents in partner nursery and primary schools to come back into education through the OU ‘Openings Module’.

“Giving back is a core value of Morgan Stanley and its employees, and we are proud to be able to provide this vital funding and support to the Caledonian Club’s Families Learning Together @ GCU programme.” John McGrory, General Manager, Morgan Stanley, Glasgow

“We are delighted to support the Caledonian Club and look forward to working with Glasgow Caledonian University to improve the health and education of children in Glasgow over the next two years.” Anish Shah, Community Affairs Manager at Morgan Stanley International Foundation 

GCU Department:
The Caledonian Club
GCU School:
Outreach and Community Engagement
Project Location:
Glasgow Cowcaddens, Dennistoun & Haghill, Drumchapel, Castlemilk, Milton & Barmulloch, Springburn
Project budget: N/A
Other supporters: Skills Development Scotland, The Open University
Number of GCU Students: 20
Number of GCU Staff: 10