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Welcome to Glasgow Caledonian University

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Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) is a vibrant, innovative and multi-award winning University for the Common Good.

We aim to contribute to society in a manner that embraces yet goes beyond the traditional role of a university. GCU’s For the Common Good commitment is brought to life and delivered by students and staff across academic schools and departments.

Academic excellence

GCU’s student experience nurtures knowledge and creativity to address real-world global challenges, transforming the lives of our students and others.

Outstanding student experience

Our modern city-centre campus provides an excellent learning environment for more than 20,000 students and 1,600 staff from more than 100 countries. GCU’s friendly campus community offers:

Applied research

Our world-leading and internationally excellent research addresses societal challenges to help people to build inclusive societies and lead healthy lives in sustainable environments.

  • We are top modern university in Scotland by research power (REF 2014)
  • Top 10 in the UK for world-leading social work and social policy impact (REF 2014)
  • Top 20 in the UK for allied health research (REF 2014) at world-leading and internationally excellent standards
  • Top 20 in the UK for built environment research impact (REF 2014)
  • Leading UK recipient of Erasmus+ research funding to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe

Innovating for social and economic impact

We deliver applied research and knowledge exchange solutions to private, public and voluntary sector partners.

  • GCU is committed to responsible business and social benefit to generate knowledge exchange and consultancy opportunities
  • We are building a successful model of co-created work-based education programmes with business partners
  • We generate nearly £1billion worth of economic and social benefit for the UK economy every year and more than £880million to the Scottish economy annually (BiGGAR Economics)
  • Scotland’s first accredited Living Wage University Employer

Engaging globally

With campuses in Glasgow, London and New York, and partners in Oman, Bangladesh and Africa, we are extending our global impact and engaging in new ways with learners and communities including: