GCU named as partner for Heroes Centre

The campaign to build a digital skills academy in Helensburgh has received the backing of Glasgow Caledonian University.

GCU is the founding educational partner for the proposed £2m project for the birthplace of television founder John Logie Baird.photo-4

The university’s School of Engineering and Built Environment is supporting the ambitious  plans to transform a derelict Victorian warehouse into the Heroes Centre, a state-of-the-art digital technology school and community entertainment centre.

Working in partnership with the charity, Helensburgh Heroes, the new digital centre could see the creation of a GCU Coding Academy with staff and students from the university teaching the basic building blocks of computer science and digital media to local schoolchildren.

Dr Morag Ferguson, Community and Public Engagement Fellow for Glasgow Caledonian University, said: “GCU has a leading reputation for the delivery of digital and new media education and for working with local communities.

“This project allows GCU to combine these together in a new and innovative way. Our staff and students will be able to develop their teaching skills while making a real difference to the lives of the people in Helensburgh and the surrounding area.”

Plans are also in the pipeline for sessions on state-of-the-art games developments for budding filmmakers as well as giving community groups the chance to use the expertise of GCU design students.

Phil Worms, founder and director of Helensburgh Heroes, said: “The Heroes Centre aims to provide access whilst enhancing digital  skills for all age groups in the local community.

“To have our vision supported by one of the UK’s leading universities in digital media is fantastic news. With Glasgow Caledonian University’s support, we will hope to make the Heroes Centre happen.”

The charity behind the project has already received a Big Lottery grant to develop its business plan and recent open days in Helensburgh were attended by more than 300 people.

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