Glasgow Caledonian University
1. Overview of the institution
In 1993 Glasgow Polytechnic and Queen’s College merged to form the Glasgow Caledonian University. It is Scotland’s 5th largest university with over 17000 students and about 1700 staff. The The cohort of almost 2000 international students is from 100 countries, creating a truly multi-cultural student population.
Professor Muhammed Yunus was appointed Chancellor in 2012. A Nobel Peace prize winner, global anti-poverty campaigner and founder of the Grameen Bank, he provides leadership and support to the University and its students. He joins a list of only seven people to have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal. Glasgow Caledonian University has many supporters including honorary graduates Kofi Annan, Dr Mary Robinson, the former President of Ireland, model and social entrepreneur Lily Cole and Sir Alex Ferguson, former manager of Manchester United.
GCU has a campus in London and New York as well as affiliations with a nursing college in Bangladesh, an engineering college in Oman, and partnerships in India, China, USA and South America.
2. Location and facilities
Glasgow Caledonian University has 3 campuses. The main campus in Glasgow is in the heart of the city, making it easy for students to commute. It is well connected by rail, road and air. GCU London campus, too, is centrally located. This campus only runs postgraduate programmes. GCU New York campus runs a range of executive programmes.
In Glasgow, the Saltire Centre is the hub where students gather. It is wired for wifi and has over 1800 desk and flexible study spaces. The Computer lab is open 24 hours. The student Union has over 40 clubs and societies covering a range of sports and interests. The university professionals also advise and support students if they need it.
The Arc is GCU’s sport and recreation centre. It provides all students with excellent fitness equipment and sports facilities. Caledonian Court is a safe and well-equipped student accommodation, across the road from the university and can house over 650 students.
3. Departments/Subject areas
School of Health and Life Sciences
Glasgow School Business and Society
School of Engineering and Built Environment
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6. Careers: Unique student support
The Career Centre at Glasgow Caledonian University is very active in supporting its students for up to 2 years after they graduate. They prepare the student for the local and international job market. They give guidance in career planning and employability. They offer advice in CV writing, job applications and interviews. They run regular workshops and seminars to help students get hands on experience.
Glasgow Caledonian University has a large alumni body. The university has alumni in many fields of expertise including Arts, Medicine, Business, Sports and many more. Some of the notable ones are, Dr Lena Wilson – Chief Executive of Scottish Enterprise, Laura Bartlett – member of Team GB hockey squad who won a bronze medal at the 2012 Olympics, Professor David Gartry – first to perform laser eye surgery for short-sightedness in the UK, Phyllida Law – acclaimed actress and writer, Khalid Abdulrahim – CEO and Chairman of construction company, Cebarco Bahrain to name a few.