Welcome to Glasgow Caledonian University

As Principal and Vice-Chancellor, I am delighted to welcome you to Glasgow Caledonian University.

Glasgow Caledonian University is a distinctive, inclusive and forward-looking university that is committed to its social mission to promote the common good. We have become an international centre of excellence in higher education, promoting employability and global citizenship in our graduates. We win awards for our support and commitment to the student experience, whilst delivering innovation through our world-class research in key areas of strength. We have a tradition of widening access to higher education for talented individuals regardless of their backgrounds, and we leverage our intellectual and social capital for the benefit of the communities we serve in Scotland and internationally.

With a modern campus in the heart of the vibrant and welcoming city of Glasgow, our university has an excellent learning environment. It includes the Saltire Centre, our award-winning library that provides spaces for social learning as well as quiet study. Harnessing the latest technologies and industry expertise, Glasgow Caledonian University aims to unlock talent and equip our students with the skills to enable them to succeed in an increasingly competitive workplace.

We work with the Students’ Association to develop our students through the Student Leaders Programme, and, through our international partners in China, Oman and other countries, we facilitate academic and research links and international staff and student exchanges.

I hope you will enjoy working with Glasgow Caledonian University to promote the common good.

Professor Pamela Gillies


Why Choose Glasgow Caledonian University?

There are lots of reasons to choose Glasgow Caledonian University, but here’s our top 10 list:

1. Career-focused programmes

We offer a variety of innovative, specialised courses. The lecturers for your chosen course will have good industry contacts to help you with placements and future career opportunities.

2. World-class facilities

With the Saltire Centre at its hub, our modern, high-tech campus includes moving library shelves for easy access to books, “think pods” with whiteboards for group study, and private “inflatable igloo” study areas. Apart from maybe a beer fountain and chocolate trees, what more could you want?

3. Innovative teaching

With a virtual hospital, high-tech broadcasting suite, fashion factory and even an online Second Life campus, Glasgow Caledonian puts a lot of effort into helping you enjoy your programme and gain the professional skills and knowledge employers want.

4. Award-winning student support

Facilities such as the Campus Life desk – our one-stop information and support centre offering help with everything from borrowing laptops to getting council tax rebates – have helped us win awards for our student support, including the Times Higher Education Outstanding Support for Overseas Students award.

5. Recognised for research

Research at GCU is ranked in the top 20 in the UK for health research at world-leading and internationally excellent standards by the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) results. Our research in construction and the built environment was also rated in the top 20 in UK.

6. Designed for today’s students

Everything from the highly affordable sports centre, Arc, and the convenient, single-site campus to the Saltire Centre’s multiple power points, workstations, study areas and free Wi-Fi is designed with you in mind.

7. Location, location, location

Glasgow is perfect for students. It’s got a vibrant live music and arts scene, jumping nightlife, accessible sports facilities, spacious city parks and much more. And it’s all within easy access of Scotland’s spectacular scenery and world-renowned festivals.

8. Friendly, close-knit, convenient campus

Our single-site campus is friendly, personal and close-knit. You’ll be on first-name terms with your lecturers and the campus design makes it easy to meet friends and classmates for breaks or study sessions. Not only that, but it sits right in the middle of the city nearby all transport links.

9. Diverse and cosmopolitan

Glasgow Caledonian is open to anyone, regardless of nationality, age, background and schooling. That means we provide a great opportunity to meet and make friends with a diverse group of new people.

10. Exchange opportunities

Opportunity is everywhere at Glasgow Caledonian, and it’s not just restricted to Glasgow. We offer overseas placements and exchanges that let you sample another country and learn a new language.

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