Additional Activities / Resources

The Department of Academic Quality and Development offers support to a range of university wide activities including the following;

Academic Advising

At GCU, we have developed a standard of academic advising (PPACT) which is used across the University. The PPACT standard sets out that academic advising should be:


  • Personal: focused on reflection and on reviewing relevant personal development
  • Professional: focused on career planning and employability, leadership and achievement
  • Academically informed: focused on feedback/forward, and on reviewing and discussing academic results
  • Consolidated: evaluating student learning in all of the areas identified above
  • Transitional: reflecting on student learning and moving forward


Students should meet their academic advisor three times a year to discuss their academic studies, co-curricular activities that could enhance their profile, and to reflect on any issues that may impact on their overall performance at university.


Completing and updating the PPACT record and action plan is the responsibility of each individual student. In accordance with GCU data protection guidance, the form should not be retained by academics, either electronically or as hard copy.

Assessment and Feedback

You can access assessment and feedback policies, guidance and resources here (opens externally to a new window).

Continuous Professional Development

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Internationalisation is at the centre of the university’s vision for the future.  It is our long-term aspiration to embed it across all university activities which includes our approaches to learning and teaching.

All our students, home-based as well as international, will benefit from an education that prepares them for global citizenship and successful employment in today’s global labour market.

GCU’s Internationalisation Strategy and our new Strategy for Learning emphasize the importance of “global learning” as an integral part of the student learning experience. Research shows that embedding it in the taught curriculum is the most effective way of widening our students’ international horizons.

What does ‘internationalisation of the curriculum’ mean?

There are many different views of what it means. The following definition by Betty Leask (2009) is the one of the most cited.

“(An internationalised curriculum) will engage students with internationally informed research and cultural and linguistic diversity. It will purposefully develop their international and intercultural perspectives as global professionals and citizens”.

The Global Perspectives Project

The Global Perspectives Project supports staff from all subject disciplines in internationalising their curriculum. The project

  • explores what internationalisation of the curriculum means in practice
  • identifies the best mechanisms for embedding it in all schools
  • provides tools and resources for staff
  • delivers CPD workshops to enhance intercultural awareness

The project team works in collaboration with academic staff, student representatives and relevant support services.


Sabine McKinnon, Senior Lecturer in Academic Development and Global Perspectives Project Manager, Sabine

Recognition of Prior Learning


Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) recognises that knowledge and skills can be acquired from a wide range of learning experiences, both formal and informal. Students at GCU should enter a programme at a level appropriate to their prior learning and qualifications. The University therefore encourages the Recognition of Prior Certificated Learning, or credit transfer, and the Recognition of Prior informal Learning as a means of providing entry to, or credit within, all of its programmes at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Such recognition will take place within the context of the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF). The University will support Schools in the implementation of RPL processes in all subject areas.
RPL is an important means of supporting the University’s vision ‘to be a successful international university delivering access and excellence, with a strong commitment to the common good’. RPL is an integral component of the University’s Widening Access Strategy through supporting the provision of flexible routes into and through programmes at GCU for all learners with the potential to benefit from higher education regardless of background. RPL supports flexible delivery such as work-based learning and part-time provision. Effective systems for RPL also support the University’s strategies in relation to learning, teaching and assessment; internationalisation; employability and graduate attributes. The GCU RPL Policy forms part of the GCU Admissions Policy.
Click for tor the full Glasgow Caledonian University’s Recognition of Prior Learning Policy.

Guides to RPL at GCU (available through EdShare)

Strategy for Learning 2015-2020

1. The new Strategy for Learning (SfL) has been developed through a consultative process with staff, students, college partners and employers and is informed by international and national developments and effective practice in learning, teaching and assessment.

2. The SfL is inspired by the University’s mission and its vision to be a successful international university, delivering access and excellence, with a strong commitment to the common good and providing an outstanding, inclusive learning environment underpinned by curiosity-driven research.

3. The development of the SfL has been driven by a changing HE landscape in terms of the external and internal environment; the changing needs of employers, the economy and society and the changing demands and expectations of our students.

4. The SfL will create successful graduates who are global citizens and who will contribute economically and socially to the communities we serve.

5. This will be achieved by enabling students to deal with complex global challenges through developing divergent, creative, responsible and entrepreneurial thinking applied to real-world problems. The SfL will also develop attributes linked to employability, career development and the motivation to continue to learn throughout professional and personal lives.

6. The SfL recognizes and embraces the diversity of GCU students, current and potential, and the University’s commitment to the participation, progression and success of all students regardless of background.

7. The SfL highlights the importance of:

  • A transformative approach to learning
  • Flexible learning pathways and partnerships, particularly with colleges
  • Digital learning
  • Learning and teaching excellence

and is centred on a single goal: to develop graduates who will be

Proficient in their discipline, enterprising, responsible and capable of fulfilling leadership roles in different organisational and cultural contexts.

8. In order to achieve this goal, the SfL focuses on a distinctive approach to learning,teaching and assessment. This is based on engagement- led learning and real world problem solving, coupled with inter and multi-disciplinary curricula with opportunities for personalisation.

9. This approach is underpinned by a GCU model comprised of ten design principles and a set of enablers. These design principles will be embedded across all programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Student Engagement

Student Engagement resources and information can be accessed at the following location