Glasgow Caledonian University (informally GCU or Caledonian) is a public university in Glasgow, Scotland. It was formed in 1993 by the merger of The Queen’s College, Glasgow (founded in 1875) and Glasgow Polytechnic (founded in 1971). As of 2015 it is one of Scotland’s largest universities with nearly 20,000 students. It is regularly ranked among the UK’s top 10 modern universities.
Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU), the University for the Common Good, has a distinct and defining mission to deliver social benefit at home and overseas through education, research and social innovation.
They have campuses in the heart of Glasgow, London and New York and their Chancellor is Nobel Peace Prize winner and global anti-poverty campaigner Professor Muhammad Yunus.
GCU is a signatory to the UN Global Compact, the world’s largest voluntary corporate responsibility management programme. It is an Ashoka U Changemaker Campus in recognition of its leadership role in social innovation education.
Engineering and Built Environment:
- Department of Engineering
- Department of Computer, Communications and Interactive Systems
- Department of Construction and Surveying
The Glasgow School for Business and Society:
- Department of Law, Economics, Accountancy & Risk
- Department of Business Management
- Department of Social Sciences, Media & Journalism
Health and Life Sciences:
- Department of Nursing and Community Health
- Department of Psychology, Social Work and Allied Health Sciences
- Department of Life Sciences
Entry requirements vary depending on course and flexible entry points included.
GCU’s London campus attracts postgraduate students from across the world. It is home to the GCU British School of Fashion, supported by leading academics and honorary professors, some of whom lead global fashion brands.
Students benefit from a range of volunteering and work placement opportunities at home and overseas.
GCU is the first university in Scotland to achieve accreditation by the Living Wage Foundation and has signed the Scottish Business Pledge, a voluntary code established by the Scottish Government that supports fair and sustainable policies to boost productivity and increase diversity.
The clear focus on employability and strong links with business and industry which ensure that students engage with employability skills and career-related opportunities; and the internationalisation of the student experience through opportunities to study abroad and, for those remaining in Scotland, drawing on projects and case studies with an international focus.
GCU’s Glasgow School for Business and Society has achieved the prestigious international EPAS accreditation for its BA Business Programme Set and MSc International Fashion Marketing programmes, one of only 69 institutions to have been recognised by EPAS (European Foundation for Management Development Programme Accreditation Scheme).
GCU hosts regular Masterclasses by leading representatives from industry, business and health care organisations throughout the year.
Careers guidance is open to current GCU students at all levels of study and graduates of up to 2 years. The service includes consultation to support career choices, developing a job search strategy, weighing up the pros and cons of several possibilities or selecting the right employers to target. Areas also covered include: Career options with their degree, Placement and graduate job search, Further study, Course withdrawal/change, Work and study abroad.