Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) conference and events team are going that extra mile with a unique Virtual Kiltwalk challenge to support students who have been hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The five-strong team will begin their 15-mile socially distanced walk on Friday, April 23, with a tour of GCU’s amazing venues which have hosted some of the biggest events in the world and will be showcased at this year’s COP26 climate change conference.

Over the years, the team has attracted major academic events to the Glasgow campus such as the Society for Simulation in Europe AGM, the British Sociological Association (BSA) Annual Conference, the World Forum on Climate Justice, UK Community Foundation Conference and the International Association For Feminist Economists (IAFFE ) conference.

Based in the heart of Glasgow, the campus has been rated of the top 100 sustainable universities in the world by the UI GreenMetric World University Rankings. It has been accredited as a Platinum Eco Campus (ISO 14001) and holds a Gold Green Tourism Awards.

The team Kilkwalk is a celebration of Glasgow’s events industry and will raise funds for the GCU Foundation Common Good Campaign, backed by founding donor Sir Alex Ferguson CBE. The campaign aims to raise funds to support students with challenging backgrounds being hit hardest by COVID-19.

During the walk, the team will be posting updates on social media as they tour the campus and visit other iconic venues to showcase what makes Glasgow a great place to host conferences and events.

GCU’s Head of Conference and Events, Julie Duncan, said: “As the conference and events team at the university for the Common Good, we continually look for ways to embody this ethos of having a positive impact whenever we can, and what better way to do this than by taking part in this year’s Virtual Kiltwalk.

“Our challenge will allow us to raise much needed funds for the university’s Common Good Campaign which supports those in the GCU Community who have been affected by the loss of part time jobs, pressures on mental health and an incredibly tough jobs market.

“Secondly, we are going to use our challenge as an opportunity to shine a light on the vibrant Glasgow events industry that has been impacted massively by the pandemic but is getting ready to bounce back.”

GCU’s Glasgow campus has a range of venues for all occasions including the stunning circular Lantern meeting room, roof garden and mock hospital wards. The 500-seat Conference Hall and Sir Alex Ferguson Library offer great exhibition, meeting and banqueting spaces.