£2m digital school to open in hometown of TV’s inventor.
A campaign to create a digital skills academy in the birthplace of inventor of TV John Logie Baird has been backed by Glasgow Caledonian University, (GCU).
GCU is the founding educational partner for charity Helensburgh Heroes proposed £2million campaign to build a digital skills academy in the Scottish seaside town in Argyll & Bute.
GCU’s School of Engineering and Built Environment is supporting the plan to transform a derelict Victorian warehouse in the town into Heroes Centre, a state-of-the-art digital technology school and community entertainment centre.
The new digital centre is expected to 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.
Community and public engagement fellow for GCU, Morag Ferguson, 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 have also been formed to develop sessions on state-of-the-art games developments, as well as to give community groups the opportunity to utilise the expertise of GCU design students.
Phil Worms, founder and director of Helensburgh Heroes, said: "The Heroes Centre aims to provide access to an inspirational learning environment where all age groups in the local community can enhance their digital skills.
"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 hope to make the Heroes Centre happen."