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We are a new student magazine focusing on Caley’s students and their stories. So many great people at our university are part of creating a better world for themselves and others both in and out of the university. We believe these stories should not go untold.

We champion underdogs!

CONTENTS CONTENTS CONTENTS CONTENTS Ntsiki Mkhize Making the world a better place Martyna Kowalek Started from the bottom Richard Longmuir Chasing dreams and giving back Ashleigh Robertson Bin the bad ideas Daisy Thompson Get involved with your uni’s local community Jordan Matthew Heywood You can’t change what you don’t know

Why should I read this: Social impact Social entrepreneurship Social innovation


Keynote speaker, author and MSc Social Innovation student Ntsiki Mkhize always felt driven towards entrepreneurship to make the world a better place, but didn't know what this was called until she met one of her many mentors.

Ntsiki Mkhize has always felt driven towards entrepreneurship but for “making the world a better place.� It was during her undergraduate in South Africa that she discovered the concept of ‘social entrepreneurship’ where organisations operate primarily for a social purpose and to improve the wellbeing of society, rather than prioritising QFSTPOBMQSPmUHBJO"MUIPVHI  perhaps surprisingly, it was not

directly through her business studies that she found about social entrepreneurship. Ntsiki DSSURDFKHGKHUXQLYHUVLW\¡V Centre for Entrepreneurship for help with a business she and a friend wanted to launch and met with an incredibly supportive faculty member "EFMBJEF4IFJL/UTJLJmSTUIFBSE about social entrepreneurship when Adelaide told her that her business idea was in fact



a socially-focused business. Soon, Adelaide became one of Ntsiki’s mentors as well as a great friend. After her undergraduate studies, Ntsiki eagerly sought out volunteering opportunities and internships with social enterprises to gain experience in this exciting sector she had now discovered. After few years, she decided to study for her masters to strengthen her expertise in social entrepreneurship. During the later years of her studies at the University of Johannesburg, Ntsiki had the opportunity to work on the Common Good First project. This is a collaborative venture in partnership with GCU, with the aim of connecting social enterprises in Glasgow and South Africa to encourage sharing learned experiences. This experience fuelled Ntsiki’s enthusiasm for social business and led her to discover the socially-focused masters programme that GCU offers. In 2019, Ntsiki moved across continents from South Africa to pursue her masters in Social Innovation at GCU.

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Moving to Scotland, Ntsiki did not know anybody, and so decided to put herself out there to make the most of her university experience in Glasgow. Although she did Ntsiki believes that only “part of learning is in the classroom and the rest of the learning experience is a lived learning experience.” She recommends seeking

out opportunities and like-minded QFPQMFUPHSPXBOEHBJOGVMmMMJOH FYQFSJFODFT%VSJOHIFSmSTU few months at GCU, Ntsiki has already gotten involved in many different activities. She regularly hosts shows on Radio Caley, having conversations with guests on mentorship, social innovation and discussing positive things that are happening in the African continent for people from Africa who are living elsewhere. Ntsiki successfully organised her second book launch in Glasgow - a city where she didn’t know anybody - and in December, she spoke at TEDxCumbernauldWomen on mentorship, her book and her journey of challenges and successes.


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Ntsiki is also an author, and her book “My Hall of Mentors: Lessons learned along a journey of success” details the lessons she has learnt from mentors throughout her life. Her mentors include her parents, grandmother, Adelaide Sheik and many more. Ntsiki is keen to point out that success is not an endpoint, but is in fact a journey about challenging ourselves to grow knowing we are all capable of so much. She attributes much of her success to the lessons she has learnt from her mentors and still applies these lessons in her daily life. She recommends EFmOJOHTVDDFTTGPSZPVSTFMG BOE remembering that a holistic view is important. What is the point PGmOBODJBMTVDDFTTXIFOZPVS personal life is a mess? 6

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One of the biggest challenges Ntsiki faced was killing selfdoubt. She encourages everyone to not compare yourself to others, but also to not compare yourself to “the overly elaborate idea of what you think you should be because that’s not the reality at the moment and that’s absolutely okay.” She believes your biggest opponent is yourself, but that by invalidating negative thought patterns through substituting 7

them with positive thoughts, you can create a “space for yourself to move forward in the direction that you want to go.” After her masters, Ntsiki plans to set up a social innovation consultancy in South Africa to “help create sustainable solutions to our social economic challenges” in collaboration with government and the private sector. She is also working on launching a networking platform to empower XPNFOUPmOEPUIFSXPNFO

mentors. Luckily for Scotland, she also hopes to continue her professional speaking and presenting activities in the UK. Finally, Ntsiki wants to encourage everybody to SFBDIPVUBOEmOENFOUPSTUP help you in your own journey of success. Find people who have walked a similar journey to yourself, whether they are one year or ten years ahead of you. She notes that sometimes the best mentors are those that are already in your life, but that we often don’t recognise this. Evaluate your circle and examine how the people close to you have succeeded and overcome the challenges they have undoubtedly faced. Expand your circle to discover people who are already where you would like to be and then reach out to them! Make sure you personalise your message to show your potential mentor that you have done your research and have a clear idea of what support you would like from them. Ntsiki ZDQWV\RXWRĂ€QGDPHQWRU challenge yourself and “be an active participant in your own success.â€?

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Buy the book! https://www.amazon.co.uk/My-Hall-MentorsLessons-learned-ebook/dp/B07KRBTD7G


Why should I read this: Participation Sustainability Teamwork




Business Management student Martyna Kowalek shares how stepping out of her comfort zone led her to pursue incredible opportunities such as co-organising a TEDx event.

My name is Martyna Kowalek and I am originally from Poland. I am a normal girl who spreads positivity and happiness around. Even though my life was not perfect and I had to earn my own living since I was 16 - I stayed strong and motivated to achieve my goals. ‘They told me I couldn’t, that’s why I did.’ I have always been trying to chase my dreams even though some people would say I won’t; that gave me the strength to show them they are wrong. After high school, I wanted to leave everything behind and step out of my comfort zone 2

by travelling independently to America to work with kids. That decision allowed me to meet such inspiring people on my way who passed on WBMVBCMFTUPSJFTUIBUSFnFDUFE on choosing my life’s path. It UPPLNFZFBSTUPmOBMMZEFDJEF what I would really like to study. I believe everybody should take their time to not regret anything later! I have chosen Business Management at Glasgow Caledonian University as it gives me wide opportunities in every aspect of my future career.



73 lives

and improved

21 lives

I came to Glasgow having little knowledge of what business is really about. To be honest, I am proud of anything I do and I will tell you something - I hate exams! But this is not the only one thing the university is about, this place gives you many opportunities to enhance your skills. I wanted to use my time here as much as possible.

That’s why I joined a social enterprise Enactus GCU, working on measuring an impact of our projects, which tackled homelessness, isolation on the Isle of Arran and provided educational sessions as well as mental health help for teenagers. Overall last year, we improved 73 lives and impacted 21.

During that time, me and my the whole UK in a sustainable competition at Unilever HQ pitching an idea how we can help community through planting organic fruits. This year I decided to expand my interest and got Marketing Executive role to promote our organisation. Beside this, I had an opportunity to be a co-organiser of a conference that took place in October 2019 called TEDxGlasgowCaledonianUniversity, leading 32 people divided into 7 departments with such fantastic leaders! We were planning everything from scratch, getting the Deans as well as other partners because they believed in us! Even if there are doubts, you should do your best and believe in yourself.

Our mission was to spread the word across our community with the theme “Unfolding Good Together.� The speakers who had been involved put an immense emphasis on the Common Good, showing how they contribute towards equality, sustainability and innovation through their work. We called it our own internship as this conference took months of preparation. Even though there were ups and downs and it was not that easy I would never regret anything! I had never had a chance to be a part of such a project but this opportunity allowed me to learn from others as well as share ideas and work in a big team. That is how I get my motivation from people I work with; I love to be a part of projects that make a change and especially show others everything is possible. 4

Throughout this time, I realised I found another interest in events, starting as a volunteer for the FutureX at StartupSummit conference and having a prospective opportunity to working with them again soon (I don’t want to spoil too much!). How exciting is that? You never know what life brings you, you just need to itself out. I literally started from the bottom, having little goals that have been becoming bigger through working as a teenager, not knowing who I want to be in the future. Although, inspiring people I have met on my way and different situations have taught me a lot. your life to the fullest.

This brings me to the conclusion, that you should always stand out passion and follow it - no matter what the others say. Even if you fail, you learn from your mistakes as well as getting experience - nobody’s perfect. Where can you see me in the future? Maybe working at some conferences, managing my own business or having a travelling channel on YouTube? I haven’t decided yet but I know for sure every decision will bring something valuable into my life. Be open and don’t be afraid to try new things!





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A Glasgow Caledonian University graduate, and his business partner founded digital agency Launch in 2012 with the aim to encourage progressive design.

Why should I read this: Business owner Giving back to the community


Student life

Prior to starting his own agency, Richard studied Multimedia Visualisation with Product Design at Glasgow Caledonian University. Here he had the chance to experiment with a variety of design areas such as 3D, graphic design, animation

and many more. Having a good foundation of LOPXMFEHFPONBOZmFMET of design means he is able to collaborate on a wide variety of projects – even if the task at hand is not his speciality. Combining this design knowledge with related psychology classes allowed him to get a deeper understanding of the ways users interact with designed products. Richard found that even subjects he did not enjoy at university (such as Human Computer Interaction (HCI)) UVSOFEPVUUPCFWFSZCFOFmDJBM once he started working in the industry.


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Richard considers himself very lucky to have been able to study his course of interest and have had access to GCU’s resources all for free – an opportunity not always available to students in countries outside of Scotland. Richard is still in touch with some of his classmates who have all ventured out into industry yet by very different pathways. One is a product designer in Finland. One is a video producer in London and is involved in some of the biggest sport events in the UK. Another is a creative baker who gathered her design skills and implemented them in the baking industry. One is a HSBGmUJBSUJTU


me from Glasgow It is amazing that we all ca erent things and Caley and ended up doing diff n go. [you can] see the ways you ca



It was one of the scariest things we have ever done.

reer Launching towards a ca After graduating, Richard landed a job in a design agency. At IJTmSTUKPCIFXBTWFSZTIZ and didn’t ask many questions. Although he didn’t stay in the job for long he learned an important lesson: ask questions! People are always going to be busy, but if you’re stuck or unsure then you have to reach out and ask for help to be able to progress and learn. In 2011 Richard joined a company where he met his now business partner, David. Together they had a vision. Richard says that setting up their own agency “was one of the scariest things we have ever done.� The two of them

knew their clients, but for their new agency they overhauled the whole system: they changed the way they worked, the name, the brand and the entire identity, resulting in progressive digital agency Launch. They were iDPOmEFOUFOPVHIwJOUIFGFFMJOH and identity they had created, BOEJUEFmOJUFMZUPPLUIFNUPUIF next level. Starting with local clients, Launch made it possible for them to grow to a national level. Richard and David used to try to do everything themselves but now focus on what they are good at: “basically, the design of things and planning PGUIFNBSLFUJOHw"UUFNQUJOH every task themselves pushed 4

the company to an extent that drained them and prevented them from focusing on areas where they could have the most impact. Richard and David wanted something more fun - to move on from the corporate way where they played safe and didn’t push boundaries: "the vision for Launch was to be bold, different, fun. Put energy back into business."


They wanted people to think ‘wow, I want to work with them’ or even to say ‘wow, that’s not for me.’ To begin, Launch sent out a campaign featuring pictures of pants accompanied CZUIFUFYUiTFOEVTZPVSCSJFGTw They received mixed responses with some saying the campaign was inappropriate, yet had praise from others who believed this humour was lacking in their own marketing.

k acck ba vee b giiv Too g T Soon after, Launch added a charity element to the business to contribute to the community, as Richard felt “very lucky to have had so many good opportunities and wanted to give something back.” Every year, the agency partners with a charity and provides them with free branding and/or marketing services. The team use their talents and expert knowledge to

support a good cause and give back to the community. Initially Launch reached out to charities, however today the charities come to them. The team at the agency work together on a community project and all enjoy the experience of engaging and working with people across different sectors. Richard enjoys it very rewarding both personally and professionally. The collaborations help the business have a positive social impact and to strengthen relationships within the local community. One of the chosen charities is enterprise who tackles the issue of food surplus to feed children in Glasgow. Working with the charity, Launch agency is able to see how their work can help others and has the opportunity to use their skills and knowledge to help society, “getting that sense of social back again.” It’s important for Richard and Launch to keep alive the social sentiment of “People Make Glasgow.” They want to engage and work face to face with the people in their local community.





Rethinking business Launch is a progressive agency that believes in new ways to do business. More often than not, they are not competing with other agencies, but rather see them as potential partners. Launch focuses on their expertise and partners up with other companies to complement their skillset where necessary. Richard says, “if you concentrate on what you’re good at and work with other people, everyone gets a share.� These collaborations allow agencies to work together to create the best possible product for the client. One

example of a successful collaboration involved Launch working with another agency on a video project for a school in Ayr. The Launch team was part of ideation and storyboarding to solve how to promote the school and its variety of subjects. A video focusing on the school was produced and made possible thanks to important contributions from both of the agencies. The two companies effectively worked together to with both teams being fully on-board and enjoying the collaboration process.


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Richard is still active within GCU, now practicing as a mentor to one of the talented Digital Design students. For all students, he recommends to LFFQLOPDLJOHPOEPPST&WFOJG you get rejected, keep applying for jobs and internships. To have a better chance of getting hired, make sure you stand out from the crowd! When sending your CV, consider your expertise and design something creative that shows this and your talents off. A great example of a creative twist is when one applicant rapped his CV when reaching out to Launch. Rap was his passion and this unique spin

made his application very hard to forget. Secondly, Richard recommends practicing as much as you can. If you can’t mOEXPSLPVUTJEFVOJWFSTJUZ  make your own briefs and try to solve them. And do keep in touch with your classmates - you never know who you’ll end up working with. Finally, enjoy it! Richard’s last recommendation is to enjoy whatever you are doing, and “if you’re not enjoying what you do, you probably shouldn’t EPJUw'JOETPNFUIJOHZPVBSF passionate about, and keep on creating. 10

Why should I read this: Inspiring story Self-belief Motivational


Ashleigh Robertson, GCU graduate from the Digital Design (Graphics) BSc Hons programme, didn’t predict she’d become a successful graphic and motion designer.

Ashleigh has a

passion for all things motion

and a fascination for the process involved with the medium of animation.

I could do it for hours and not get bored. I do it 8.5 hours a day for a living and then come home to work on freelance or personal projects. I love being able to turn people’s ideas into moving pieces of work. Seeing it go from an idea, to a sketch, to final piece is my favourite bit. I also love how amazed people get when they see a final product. I think people who don’t have a design background are always confused - but in a good way - about how I’m able to turn a static graphic into a moving video.

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the path

Ashleigh initially predicted. On the contrary, her initial idea of a career in the creative industries had no place for motion graphics…

I did design in Higher art, where I had to make a really crappy poster based on butterflies (not my own brief). We had a pirated version of Photoshop and I started playing about with it. I then looked at courses for GCU and found the digital design course - I didn’t have the grades to get in at the time so went to college for 2 years studying digital media. Then, I applied to get into 3rd year at GCU and got in. At first, I hated motion graphics and all things After Effects related. I actually thought I would go into product design because I thought graphic design was just designing cereal boxes and CD covers. Back in high school, I didn’t know motion design, UX/UI and illustration were possibilities. It’s not very well communicated, especially in school. I’d like to see that change though.

Ashleigh now works at Ideagen, doing what she loves each day.

Her job sounds simply


Usually, I spend the first half hour mentally preparing: get a coffee, have my breakfast and check my emails and meetings. From there, every day is different depending on what the priority is. I’ll be making GIFs for our products, animating product explainer videos - there’s also some photography and videography that I might need to help out with. Lunch is usually food and watching Queer Eye with the rest of the team.

Her creative process begins with a lot of

careful consideration “I procrastinate until it’s too late. Honestly. I’ll look at a brief, mull it over for about a week and then start. Usually, in that week where I’m not actually doing anything is where I have the most ideas. Then I’ll start researching and sketching ideas, and then refine them. Bin the bad ideas. Then start. Which is where I get most of my motivation from. Once I can see something come together it spurs me on to get the job finished.”

What’s next for Ashleigh? That will be defined by her passion for animation and motion design.

I’m focusing on my motion and videography work right now, leaving the illustrations and graphics to the side. I really want to become one of the best with a unique style. I also want to educate others on animation. I feel like when it comes to animation in design, it can sometimes be overlooked. I would love to get more people into by running a workshop in the future. Maybe have a few animators over a weekend run various classes etc. Who knows?

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Why should I read this: Meet new people Uni events Charitable cause

roles in Freshers’ Fayre led to Thompson multiple societies. Daisy U(MBTHPX JTBmSTUZFBSTUVEFOUB who Caledonian University e to uni than discovered there’s mor just your studies.


Ge tt in in vo lv ed Gett ttin ingg gin invo volv lved ed Ge Ge tt in g in vo lved ed Getting involv When moving to Scotland from France, Daisy didn’t know anyone at all. So she decided to get involved with her new university by speaking with societies at Freshers’ Fayre. Here she made connections with two societies: ESN (Erasmus Student Network) and The Circle. Daisy is part of the ESN committee where she plans events and is in charge of communication between venues. She is grateful for the society giving her a fantastic opportunity to “meet many people from all around the

world,” and for the great memories she has already made. The Circle is an inclusive and empowering society where women stand together to lift each other up and to teach on feminism and important social issues that aren’t discussed enough. The group raises awareness of problems that many people face and educates its members on these pressing issues. Daisy mentions it would be great for more people to get involved with The Circle. So what are you waiting for?

Cancer Support Scotland


Later, Daisy started her own society: the Cancer Support Scotland Society. She was approached by the charity and eagerly accepted the opportunity to create the society on campus to raise awareness of cancer and help those who are ill. As President, Daisy has already got the young society hosting bake sales and events thanks to the team’s hard work. The society’s focus is not on raising money for research, but on “providing therapy for patients such as QIZTJPUIFSBQZBOEHVJEBODFw %BJTZTmSTUUJNFWPMVOUFFSJOH for Cancer Support Scotland involved listening to stories from those who have cancer and their relatives. Hearing the stories being shared was “quite emotional, but an BNB[JOHFYQFSJFODFw

Where to start?

Daisy got involved with these societies very early on in her university experience. She recommends reaching out GPSPQQPSUVOJUJFTJOmSTUZFBS or as soon as possible and that Freshers’ Fayre is a fantastic way to do exactly that. It can be intimidating not knowing anyone, but the more you get involved, the more you want to be JOWPMWFE5BLJOHUIBUmSTU step will help you feel more comfortable and make it easier to settle in as you’ll get to know the university, meet new people from all over the world and become part of your uni’s local community.


GeGtet d e v l o d v e n v i invol Daisy emphasises the importance of creating a good balance between university and your social life. She believes being part of these societies and projects gives her a healthy balance where she gets the opportunity to meet people and learn many new things. She recommends taking time to look at links your tutors and professors send out as these can provide opportunities you wouldn’t have found out about otherwise.


Ultimately, she wants ZPVUPiHFUZPVSTFMGPVUUIFSFĂžw Societies are an incredible way to meet new people and be part of a community, and are also great for your CV. If you are interested in joining any of the mentioned societies, check PVUUIFJSTPDJBMNFEJBUPmOEPVU NPSFBOEHFUJOUPVDI&4/  The Circle, and Cancer Support Scotland.



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Why should I read this: Social impact Important cause Raising awareness

Awareness of pancreatic cancer is minimal and survival rates have scarcely changed in the last fifty years. GCU student Jordan Heywood and his classmates used their voices to raise awareness in partnership with Pancreatic Cancer Scotland.

Jordan Heywood, a studenT on the Global Masters of Business Administration programme at Glasgow Caledonian University, embraced the assignment of putting one of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals into action. Alongside classmates Matt Pufahl, Chad Rau and Adeel Javed, Jordan saw this part of the course as an opportunity to be more involved in the local community and give something back through their learning by helping others. Planning began, and the group realised the ice hockey team they all play for - Glasgow Clan - had existing ties with Pancreatic Cancer Scotland.

This partnership was initiated after a member of staff at Glasgow Clan sadly lost their partner to pancreatic cancer in a sudden manner, with just three weeks between diagnosis and passing. Jordan and his team decided to build on the existing relationship between Glasgow Clan and Pancreatic Cancer Scotland, taking on the challenge of tackling a global issue at a local level by raising awareness of the disease. As Jordan points out, “you can’t change what you don’t know.”

Jordan and his classmates – all international students – organised an awareness-raising campaign to coincide with the climax of the hockey season, in the hope of getting the message out to an arena with the capacity to hold a 3500-strong audience. The event took place during Pancreatic Cancer awareness month in November 2019 at one of Glasgow Clan’s most important games of the season. Videos to create hype for the event were released on social media and the message quickly spread far and wide to the 32,000 followers of Glasgow Clan’s twitter account and beyond.

On the night itself, they raised awareness and money for Pan Can Clan (the awareness-raising division of Pancreatic Cancer Scotland) through various methods to engage the energised crowd. Informative pamphlets were laid out on half of the seats in the arena, a large flag featuring the logos of both Glasgow Clan and Pan Can Clan travelled through the audience, a booth was available for attendees to engage with Pan Can Clan staff members and, at the end of the night, the Glasgow Clan players’ jerseys were auctioned off to fans. This event, and the promotion in the lead-up to it, raised almost £12,000 for Pancreatic Cancer Scotland and – perhaps more importantly – helped the charity achieve 100 sign-ups which was a huge percentage of their pledge goal for the whole of November. Pan Can Clan were delighted with the engagement created by Jordan and his colleagues. Jordan was struck by how genuinely valuable those affected by pancreatic cancer find Pan Can Clan’s contributions to the research and awareness of the disease. He points out that “those who are affected are affected strongly and directly,” whether it be the sufferers themselves or supportive family members.

What started out as just a university project transformed into something incredible. Playing on the ice for Glasgow Clan will always remind Jordan of the fulfilling time spent inciting positive and meaningful change with his classmates for Pancreatic Cancer Scotland. The project leaves a lasting legacy, having encouraged 100 individuals to sign up and commit to the cause as well as having raised thousands of pounds for the charity. The success of the night means a second annual event hosted by Glasgow Clan is potentially on the horizon. If you are interested in helping to raise awareness of pancreatic cancer...

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