Following a two day external auditing process on the 18th and 19th April 2017 conducted by Greenhouse Consultancy, on behalf of NUS, we have been awarded the second highest level of Very Good award within the Quality Students' Union accreditation. Quality Students’ Unions assures the quality, standards and overall effectiveness of students’ associations and unions within the UK.
We are the first modern university in Scotland and only the second university in Scotland to achieve this accreditation and there are only a handful of students’ associations/unions around the UK to have achieved this level of accreditation.
Following completing the audit process the external auditors provided this comment:
Lauren Ramage, Student President 2016/17, said “I am absolutely delighted that the Students’ Association has achieved the Quality Students’ Unions accreditation and moved from the Good award to the Very Good award. Achieving Very Good was one of our Big Actions within the Bigger Plan 2020, our strategic plan. I am delighted that our work in Strategic Planning, Governance, People, Services, Representation and Campaigning, Review and Evaluation and Context were all rated as Excellent.”
Kevin Campbell, Vice President 2016/17 and Student President 2017/18 said: “I am thrilled that we have successfully achieved Very Good in Quality Students’ Unions. This nationally recognised accreditation pays tribute to the incredible work carried out by all our students, volunteers and staff to enhance all elements of the student experience at GCU. I am incredibly proud that we are one of only a handful of unions in the UK with this accreditation and are the first modern university in Scotland to achieve it!”
Achieving the Very Good Award, was one of our BIG ACTIONS within The Bigger Plan 2020 (our strategic plan). We were delighted to achieve excellent in the following criteria: Strategic Planning, Governance, People, Services, Representation and Campaigning, Review and Evaluation and Context. We will now aspirationally work towards achieving excellent within all criteria.