More than 200 young people graduated from Glasgow Children’s University at a ceremony at the University of Strathclyde today (5 June).
The Glasgow Children’s University is a charity that works in partnership with the city’s schools to encourage a love of learning through extracurricular activities.
Pupils taking part in the graduation received certificates for accumulating credits in a ‘Passport to Learning’ from taking part in a wide range of learning activities outside school hours, including sports, crafts and skills, gallery and museum visits and music.
A total of 380 certificates were awarded at the ceremony to 203 pupils representing 18,000 hours of learning.
Professor Sir Jim McDonald, Chancellor of Glasgow Children’s University and Principal of the University of Strathclyde, said: “The graduation ceremony for Glasgow Children’s University is one of the highlights of the academic year.
I am delighted to see many more young people join our alumni community and develop a passion for learning.
“As a socially progressive University, we aim to make higher education open to everyone with ability, regardless of their personal or social circumstances.
“By offering young people a taste of higher education, the Children’s University is one of the many initiatives we pursue to achieve this goal. We hope that many of them will be inspired by what they have experienced to go on to study at college or university level.”
The Glasgow Children’s University was established in 2013 through a partnership between Strathclyde, the Glasgow City Council and the Children’s University Scotland Trust, and with the support of the ScottishPower Foundation.
Glasgow Children’s University currently works with 19 primary and secondary schools and has distributed around 3,000 Passports to Learning to member schools since its foundation. It currently has 112 Public Learning Destinations – venues outside school where children can obtain credit for taking part in learning activities.