Glasgow Caledonian University

2014 League Table Ranking 80
2014 Overall Score 567
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History

  • Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) is a vibrant, modern university. Formed in 1993 its founding colleges date back to 1875.
  • GCU is the first Scottish university to open a campus in London. GCU London delivers a range of specialist postgraduate courses and CPD training programmes in banking, business, finance and risk, fashion, tourism and construction. Its programmes are underpinned by industry support from market leaders including Santander, Morgan Stanley, Marks & Spencer, AllSaints and House of Fraser.
  • Work has started to establish a GCU base in New York with a view to offering executive training and short courses, building on the successful model of the London campus.
  • GCU also has an engineering college in Oman, a nursing college in Bangladesh and partnerships in China, India, USA and South America.
  • In 2012, Nobel Laureate and global anti-poverty campaigner Professor Muhammad Yunus was appointed Chancellor. GCU has forged strong links with international thought leaders, including honorary graduates Kofi Annan, Sir Richard Branson and Dr Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland.

Location and transport

  • Set in the heart of Glasgow, one of Europe's most fashionable and lively cities.
    Located on a modern city centre campus with excellent travel links ­– 100 metres from Buchanan Bus Station and walking distance to Central and Queen Street rail stations. Close to the M8 motorway and Glasgow International Airport.

Entry standards

  • Entry requirements vary depending on course.
  • Flexible entry points included.

Student mix

  • 17,000 students from more than 100 countries.
  • 60:40 female to male ratio.
  • 97% of undergraduates are from state schools.
  • GCU is committed to widening access to higher education for talented individuals regardless of their backgrounds, as evidenced by 34% of full-time undergraduate students coming from disadvantaged backgrounds and 73% being the first in their family to attend university.

Course flexibility

  • More than 100 undergraduate and 80 postgraduate qualifications on offer, many with part-time options.
  • Tailored programmes for students completing qualifications at FE colleges and entering to year 2 or 3 of degree programmes. GCU has 23 articulation agreements with colleges across Scotland, governing 130 routes into GCU programmes.
  • Second year entry to selected programmes for students with the required number of A level and Advanced Higher qualifications.
  • On campus INTO centre, which offers international students professionally accredited programmes in preparation for undergraduate and postgraduate study in the UK,
  • Bespoke professional education for industry. GCU prides itself on equipping students with the real-world experience and skills to succeed as global graduates. Many students at GCU undertake placements, internships, summer placements and even take a year out to work in industry before returning for the final year of their degree.

Teaching standards

  • The Quality Assurance Agency awarded GCU its highest confidence judgement after a review of academic quality standards in 2010–11. The QAA recognises GCU’s innovative approach to learning and teaching, and the creation of a flexible learning experience designed to fit a diverse student body.
  • GCU aims to equip students with the key skills and attributes which employers require in a wide range of disciplines. A high number of GCU courses benefit from accreditation from professional bodies including, for example, Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers, CIBSE, National Council for the Training of Journalists, UK Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists and the UK Health Professions Council (HPC).
  • GCU hosts a number of master classes by leading representatives from industry, business and health throughout the year
  • 55% of undergraduate programmes include work placement opportunities.
  • 96.2% of graduates are in employment or further study six months after graduation.
  • GCU’s Glasgow School for Business and Society has its financial services suite accredited by two of the most influential banking and finance bodies – the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment and the Institute of Operational Risk.
  • By signing up to the UN PRME (Principles for Responsible Management Education) agreement in 2012, GCU pledged to ensure that social responsibility, sustainability and ethics are at the top of the agenda for all business and financial programmes and research.
  • GCU meets niche industry needs with the creation of programmes such as its MA TV Fiction Writing, the first full-time university course in fiction writing for TV. Established in collaboration with Shed, the production company behind some of television’s most popular dramas including Waterloo Road, the MA has widespread industry backing, with many production companies supporting scholarships. To find out more, visit www.gcu.ac.uk/business.
  • Through its Business Academies, GCU creates bespoke CPD programmes in response to business needs, such as a work-based Masters in Citizenship and Human Rights in partnership with the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations and the award-winning Howden Academy for engineers from across the world. GCU’s Scottish Ambulance Academy is the only education establishment in the UK to be formally endorsed by the College of Paramedics and certified by the Health Professions Council.

Research standards

  • GCU was ranked first in Scotland and in the top 10 in the UK for its allied health research in the latest UK Research Assessment Exercise. More than 70% of staff submitted in the RAE were categorised as producing research that is internationally recognised.
  • In the area of rehabilitative health sciences, GCU was rated the top research unit in the UK.
  • GCU ranked first in Scotland and in the UK top 20 for research in the built and natural environment.
  • Research strengths in health, the environment, biology, vision sciences, social justice and gender quality, and in government budgeting.
  • As a research centre of excellence in optometry, GCU has been awarded major research grants from industry leaders including Allergan, CIBA Vision and Pfizer.
  • Three institutes develop cross-school research networks: the Institute for Applied Health Research, the Institute for Society and Social Justice Research and the Institute for Sustainable Engineering and Technology Research. In July 2010 Nobel prize winner Professor Muhammad Yunus opened the Yunus Centre for Social Business and Health. Applied research partnerships with industry include a collaboration with Shell on learning in the workplace and a £5million international collaboration with FMC Technologies to deliver remote sensing solutions for safe energy production.
  • Research in communication, cultural and media studies achieved world-class ratings, with business and management, accounting and finance ranked as internationally excellent. Research work in history contained high combinations of internationally recognised, excellent and world-leading assessments.
  • GCU was ranked first in Scotland and in the top 10 in the UK for its allied health research in the latest UK Research Assessment Exercise. More than 70% of staff submitted in the RAE were categorised as producing research that is internationally recognised.
  • In the area of rehabilitative health sciences, GCU was rated the top research unit in the UK.
  • GCU ranked first in Scotland and in the UK top 20 for research in the built and natural environment.
  • Research strengths in health, the environment, biology, vision sciences, social justice and gender quality, and in government budgeting.
  • As a research centre of excellence in optometry, GCU has been awarded major research grants from industry leaders including Allergan, CIBA Vision and Pfizer.
  • Three institutes develop cross-school research networks: the Institute for Applied Health Research, the Institute for Society and Social Justice Research and the Institute for Sustainable Engineering and Technology Research. In July 2010 Nobel prize winner Professor Muhammad Yunus opened the Yunus Centre for Social Business and Health. Applied research partnerships with industry include a collaboration with Shell on learning in the workplace and a £5million international collaboration with FMC Technologies to deliver remote sensing solutions for safe energy production.
  • Research in communication, cultural and media studies achieved world-class ratings, with business and management, accounting and finance ranked as internationally excellent. Research work in history contained high combinations of internationally recognised, excellent and world-leading assessments.

Academic strengths

  • GCU has three Schools, representing its core strengths and areas of academic excellence – Engineering and Built Environment; Health and Life Sciences and the Glasgow SchoolforBusiness and Society.
  • One in five nurses and healthcare professionals educated in Scotland is educated at GCU.
  • Home of the Scottish Ambulance Academy, which offers clinical skills training and professional development for ambulance staff, it is the only education establishment in the UK to be formally endorsed by the College of Paramedics and certified by the Health Professions Council.
  • GCU’s School of Engineering and Built Environment teaches more than 75% of Scotland’s part-time construction and property students. It is committed to delivering the most modern, innovative and exciting programmes in the built and natural environment.
  • GCU is the only Scottish provider of Ophthalmic Dispensing and Optometry degrees. Students benefit from studying in a recognised centre of excellence in Vision Sciences, which has developed strong links with its related professions. Its partnership approach enables GCU to innovate in delivering for the NHS, including through the provision of eye clinics for the local community.
  • Centre of Excellence for Securities and Investment within Glasgow SchoolforBusiness and Society.
  • 43% of undergraduate and 35% of postgraduate programmes are professionally connected through professional body accreditation and strong links within industry and the public sector. 

Student facilities, including library and computing

  • More than £70 million has been spent developing campus facilities and a further £25 million investment by 2015 will ensure students continue to benefit from a globally connected learning environment.
  • Saltire Centre – a multi award-winning, modern learning environment that is the hub of campus. Home to the university library and student services mall.
  • 1,800 study places.
  • 2,135 computer workstations in library, social study spaces and halls of residence.
  • 24-hour computer lab, the industry-leading eMotion lab, fashion factory, HD TV and radio studios, state-of-the-art eye clinic and accommodation, Scotland’s first inter-professional clinical simulation centre for use by nursing students (opened 2012), newly refurbished nutrition and dietetics lab (opened 2012),simulated surgical theatre (opened 2012).
  • Flexible space for group and individual work.
  • The latest in virtual-learning environments.
  • Clinical simulation laboratory in the School of Health and Life Sciences

Disability service

  • GCU’s Positive Living and Disability Service can provide information and advice to students, so that they are able to access additional services and facilities to their programme of study and participate in university life as equally and actively as possible.
  • Get more information on the full range of disability services at GCU on the website.

Students' Union

  • In January 2011, GCU’s Students' Association was named University Students' Union of the Year at the NUS Scotland Awards.
  • The Students’ Association provides a variety of services from advice and representation to entertainment, sports clubs and societies.
  • It has its own purpose built premises, containing the computer lab, social spaces and a cafe.

Sport

  • The Arc, GCU’s sport and recreation centre, provides students with access to the latest fitness equipment, classes and sports facilities.
  • Climbing wall (opened 2012).
  • Students who want to train and compete at a high level in competitive sport whilst studying may apply for a place on the Sports Bursary programme. This is designed to help successful applicants combine their academic work with their chosen sport.

Recent/Prospective new builds

  • GCU is investing £25 million in its Campus Futures project which will build further on the strengths of the award-winning Saltire Centre, reduce its carbon footprint and create a 'Heart of the Campus' hub for formal and informal study, dining, academic and social interaction. The development will include improvements to the external environment of the campus and a £4.9 million investment in a flexible and sustainable energy supply.
  • In 2012, GCU launched its FMC Technologies Optoelectronics laboratory.
  • Development of the £1.2-million Doble Centre for Innovation is under way, which will create new research and student placement opportunities in the engineering sector.
  • In 2012, GCU also unveiled its new operating theatre simulation lab, complete with state of the art medical equipment and the latest in simulation technology, a newly refurbished nutrition and dietetics laboratory, and Scotland’s first inter-professional clinical simulation centre, which opened after a £500,000 upgrade of existing facilities.
  • Development of an on-campus Advanced Highers Hub, which will be open to S6 pupils from schools across Glasgow, is under way, in a £950,000 project as part of GCU’s commitment to widening participation. As well as specialist teaching, pupils will have access to GCU’s facilities and will be offered support to better prepare them for university life and all it has to offer.

Availability of part-time work

  • The Student Careers Service posts a huge range of vacancies, part-time jobs and voluntary opportunities.

Notable alumni

  • Prof David Gartry graduated in 1978 with a first class BSc (Hons) in Optometry. In 1989 he was the first to perform laser eye surgery for short-sightedness in the UK.
  • Lena Wilson is the Chief Executive of Scottish Enterprise. Lena graduated with a BA in Public Administration and Management degree. She was also awarded an honorary degree for her achievements in 2010.
  • David Sibbald, OBE is a graduate and honorary graduate of Glasgow Caledonian University. David is the Executive Chairman of Sumerian which provides advanced analytics services, which he founded in 2002, and Executive Chairman of Aridhia Informatics, a health informatics company he co-founded in 2007. Prior to founding Sumerian and Aridhia, David was the Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO of Atlantech Technologies, a communications software company which he founded in 1992 and sold to Cisco systems in March 2000 for $180M. David is also a Vice-President of UK UNICEF, the United Nations children’s fund.  He was awarded the OBE in 2010 for services to charity.
  • Professor Ian Deary gained an HNC in Medical Laboratory Sciences (Haematology and Blood Transfusion) in 1976. Following further studies Ian is now an is a Professor of Differential Psychology at the University of Edinburgh and is internationally renowned for his work on human cognitive ageing and cognitive abilities, and has been invited as a key note speaker in many countries.
  • Professor Michael Keating was one of the first PhD graduates from one of Glasgow Caledonian University’s founding institutions (Glasgow College of Technology) in 1975 having gained his first degree from the University of Oxford. Michael has worked in many universities world wide and is currently in the School of Social Science at Aberdeen University.  He is an Economic & Social Research Council Professorial Fellow until 2013.
  • Ian McLeod is the former Chief Executive of Celtic Football Club. He is a Business Studies graduate of Glasgow Caledonian and also attended Harvard Business School.
  • Laura Bartlett, 2012 Olympic medal winner as part of the Team GB hockey squad. Laura graduated from GCU with a BA Business Studies. She eturned to GCU in November 2012 to accept an honorary degree shortly after winning a bronze medal at the Olympics.
  • Actor Gary Lewis who has appeared in Billy Elliot, My Name is Joe, Mo, True North, Ae Fond Kiss, and Gangs of New York.
  • Rhona Martin MBE is a Scottish curler who has skipped the Scotland women's team at both the European and World Championships, but is most famous as the skip of the Great Britain team that claimed the gold medal at the Olympic Winter Games in 2002. Rhona has two degrees from GCU, most notably an honorary Doctor of the University in 2003 following on from her HND in Hotel Catering & Institutional Management which she achieved in 1988.
  • Patrick Bonner is the Irish former football goalkeeper for Celtic and the Republic of Ireland, who earned 80 caps after making his debut on his 21st birthday. He is remembered for his famous penalty save from Daniel Timofte of Romania at the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy during the knockout stage.  Bonner has an HNC in Business Development for Footballers which he gained from GCU in 1994.
  • Patrick Kevin is a retired Scottish professional footballer. In a 20-year career, he played for Clyde, Chelsea, Everton, Tranmere Rovers, Kilmarnock and Motherwell as a winger.  Nevin also won 28 caps for Scotland, scattered across a 10 year international career, and he was selected for the UEFA Euro 1992 finals squad. Since retiring as a player, Nevin has worked as a chief executive of Motherwell and as a football writer and broadcaster.  Nevin is a former student of Glasgow College of Technology where he studied Commerce in the 1980s.
  • Fraser Wishart is a Scottish former professional footballer, former Secretary of the Scottish Professional Footballers' Association, and current chief executive of the Professional Footballers' Association Scotland. He is also a regular radio and television commentator, especially on Radio Clyde's Superscoreboard.  Wishart graduated from GCU in 1994 with an HNC in Business Development for Footballers.

For further information

Web
  • www.gcu.ac.uk
Email
  • admissions@gcu.ac.uk
Phone
  • +44 (0)141 331 3000
Address
  • Glasgow Caledonian University
    Cowcaddens Road
    Glasgow
    G4 0BA
UCAS Code G42

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