Scottish Parliament to hear about the college and university contributions to the success of the XX Commonwealth Games in Glasgow

The organisers of the Game Changer Awards are pleased to announce that a group of Game Changer Awards winners will talk about their successful projects at the next meeting of the Scottish Parliament’s Cross Party Group (CPG) on Colleges and Universities on Thursday 9 October.

The CPG is chaired by Elizabeth Smith MSP, Mid Scotland and Fife, and its membership comprises of members of the four main political parties in Scotland as well as representatives from Scottish colleges and universities and other key further and higher education stakeholders. The CPG explores topics of interest in Scottish further and higher education on a non-party political basis.

On 9 October, the CPG will hear presentations from the following Game Changer Awards winners:

  • Dr Gianna Cassidy, Glasgow Caledonian University – Gaming for the Commonwealth Games project
  • Mr Matt Groves, West Highland College UHI – West Highland Adventure Trail
  • Professor Gayle McPherson, University of the West of Scotland – Leveraging Parasport Events for Sustainable Community Participation project
  • Mr Grant Richie and Ms Helliate Rushwaya, Dundee and Angus College and Creative Loop – Host Broadcaster Training Initiative

Following the presentations, the Group will have a chance to ask questions and widen out discussion to cover all aspects of how colleges and universities in Scotland have played a vital role in helping Glasgow and Scotland to deliver a successful XX Commonwealth Games.

The Group’s Convenor, Ms Smith said:


“The whole of Scotland is rejoicing in the success of the Commonwealth Games and especially the success of our athletes, several of whom have Scottish further and higher education backgrounds. The pioneering Game Changer awards celebrated the success of the wider range of contributions made by colleges and universities to the Games. This is an excellent opportunity to hear about their work.”


The CPG meeting will take place from 12.30 – 2.00 pm in Committee Room 6 of the Scottish Parliament. If you would like to attend, please e-mail james@universities-scotland.ac.uk by Thursday 2 October. You can visit the CPG’s page on the Scottish Parliament’s website here: http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/msps/43841.aspx.