GCU launches mentoring scheme for women in finance

27 Oct 2017

Thirty female finance students from Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) will receive one-to-one mentoring from women in the financial services sector, under a pilot scheme aimed at challenging gender inequality in the industry.

The mentorship programme sees the final-year students, studying financial services and risk management courses, matched with 30 women working for Barclays and Morgan Stanley in Glasgow.

Mentors and mentees will provide feedback over the six-month pilot and the career progression of the students will be tracked following their graduation.

Staff from the University's Glasgow School for Business and Society (GSBS) developed the mentoring programme to provide positive role models for the students and help build their knowledge, skills, and confidence, as they enter the job market. Many finance courses attract 50:50 cohorts but more males are joining the industry after graduation than females.

Dr Shirley Rate, Associate Dean of Learning, Teaching and Quality at GSBS, said: "We are thrilled that so many women from the financial sector have volunteered to take on the mentor role and we look forward to working with both mentors and students on this exciting project."

GCU is part of the University Forum of Glasgow Economic Leadership's Finance and Business Services Work stream.