The Saltire Centre
The hub of Glasgow Caledonian
The Saltire Centre is the focus of learning and student services at Glasgow Caledonian University. The 10,500 sq m, five-floors facility offers students:
- 1,800 Internet-connected study spaces
- 600-seat learning cafe
- 370,000 RFID-tagged books
- 500 computers
The building is one of the most ambitious and innovative learning environments in the UK, prompting the Guardian newspaper to describe is as a “a futuristic but people-friendly learning space” that is “paving the way for the universities of tomorrow”.
Home to the university library and The Base support services hub, the Saltire Centre is the beating heart of Glasgow Caledonian. With 1,800 study spaces, the Saltire Centre gives you plenty of room to learn and it offers 500 computers for student use. A wireless network means you can use your own laptop anywhere in the building, or borrow one of the 150 university laptops available to everyone.
The different areas of the centre mean that you can take advantage of noisy social interaction areas for group work, but also settle down to silent study on the upper floors. The open-plan learning spaces are similar to modern office environments, which will help you to prepare for moving into a professional environment after graduating.
The Saltire Centre is also wheelchair friendly throughout, with software and technology for students with learning or physical disabilities available in a central location.
Donors, friends and supporters
Gifts made by the many generous donors, friends and supporters of the University made this possible. We would like to acknowledge, with gratitude, their contribution and express our appreciation for the generosity that they have shown. All those named and anonymous donors add to the 'Common Weal' of Glasgow Caledonian University. The Saltire Centre changes and develops as new needs, solutions and creative ideas emerge. We hope to inspire future support and donations for developments.
- Garfield Weston Foundation
- The Moffat Charitable Trust
- The Scottish Arts Council
- The Merchants House of Glasgow
- The Hugh Fraser Foundation
- Allied Irish Bank (GB)
We also thank a number of generous individual donors:
- Dr Ian Johnston
- Prof. Malcolm Lochhead
- Prof. Grete Birtwhistle
Looking to the future, we plan to introduce state of the art audio visual technology to the building to showcase who we are and what we do at the university. We are also adding to the collection of public art and artefacts that add to the building's cultural and artistic dimension. We will continue to develop facilities and services that encourage collaborative working amongst students, and bring creativity and teamwork to their learning experience.