Glasgow Caledonian University
Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) is a modern, global and forward-looking university that is committed to its social mission to promote the common good. The university is an international centre of excellence in higher education, promoting employability and global citizenship in its graduates. It has won multiple awards for student support and commitment to student experience whilst delivering innovation through world-class research in key areas of strength. With a tradition of widening access to higher education for talented individuals, it endeavours to benefit the communities it serves in Scotland and internationally.
Welcoming city centre campus
Based on a state-of-the-art campus in the heart of the busy and friendly city of Glasgow, the university offers an excellent learning environment to over 17,000 students from over 100 countries. At the centre of the campus, you’ll find the Saltire Centre, an award-winning library that provides spaces for social learning as well as quiet study. We also have safe and secure on campus accommodation available to students.
The University’s founding colleges date back to 1875, with Glasgow Caledonian University formally established in 1993. Since then we have become renowned for providing programmes with a strong vocational focus and producing graduates who are able to excel in their chosen professions, both locally and internationally.
Harnessing the latest technologies and industry expertise, Glasgow Caledonian University focuses on the employability of its graduates. It aims to unlock talent and equip its students with the skills to enable them to succeed as global citizens in an increasingly competitive workplace. We have developed strong partnerships with industry and our courses are based on current thinking with the majority offering practical work experience and/or are accreditation by relevant professional bodies. We use live business projects, real life case studies, hands-on experience, guest lectures and masterclasses from industry leaders. As testament to our focus on employability, 94% of our graduates are in employment or further study within 6 months of graduating.
Excellence in research
We have a long tradition of excellence in applied research that delivers practical benefits to society. Our research in rehabilitation sciences was rated top in the UK in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise, while we were placed in the top 10 for allied health research. The university’s Caledonian Environment Centre is one of the most distinguished environmental organisations in Scotland, undertaking ground breaking research that has benefitted public and private sector clients.
Location – Glasgow and Scotland
Part of the UK, Scotland has a population of over 5 million and a wonderful mix of cosmopolitan cities and stunning landscapes. It was named the No.1 destination for tourist to visit in 2013 by US news channel CNN.
While Edinburgh is the official capital city of Scotland, Glasgow is its largest city and economy, with over 600,000 inhabitants and a student population of almost 67,000. A former European City of Culture and currently a UNESCO City of Music, Glasgow attracts 2.3 million visitors per year and recently topped a Trip Advisor poll as the UK’s number one ‘destination on the rise’. It has an international airport with direct links to London and across the globe including Amsterdam, Paris and Dubai.
Glasgow has a reputation as being one of the most welcoming, vibrant and stylish cities in the world. The warmth and friendliness of the city’s people (known as ‘Glaswegians’) is legendary and it was recently named the UK safest place by Mercer Quality of Living Survey (2011). It is one of the UK least expensive places to live and is also the proud host of 2014 Commonwealth games. Glasgow is consistently voted the number one place to shop outside of London and is home to over 20 museums and galleries as well as number of beautiful parks. The city has a vibrant arts and music scene with great nightlife and some fantastic restaurants. More information on all the city has to offer can be found at http://www.seeglasgow.com/
In 2010, Glasgow Caledonian University became the first Scottish university to establish a postgraduate centre in London. A graduate university campus, GCU London offers a portfolio of specialised professionally accredited postgraduate Masters and MBAs focusing on banking and finance, risk management, international fashion marketing, tourism and construction management. These programmes are supported by business partners including leading retailers AllSaints, Marks & Spencer, House of Fraser and Santander. Situated in Spitalfields, one of London’s most attractive central locations, GCU London is in close proximity to the capital’s globally recognised financial and fashion industries. The campus attracts students from a wide range of backgrounds, from local university graduates to students from all over the world and we pride ourselves in providing a friendly, ultra-modern, high quality and effective learning environment for all of our students.
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