GCU to establish London centre

15 February 2010

GCU to establish London centre

Professor Pamela Gillies

GCU is set to become the first Scottish university to establish an outreach centre in London.

The new base will deliver a range of specialist postgraduate courses and CPD training programmes to students based in the city.

Funding for GCU London, which will open in September, will be allocated from the University's surplus.
Professor Pamela Gillies, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Glasgow Caledonian University, said: "GCU London will enable us to enhance our profile and allow us to compete successfully in the global educational market.

"We intend to offer a suite of specialist postgraduate programmes in the areas of business, finance and risk, retailing, construction, and health, which will act to raise our profile in one of the most highly attractive educational environments in the world for students wishing to study in London.

"The London centre also will provide a base to engage in partnerships to further develop our CPD programme of business academies, with a number of high profile multinational companies.

"This will build on our success with Howden and Clyde Union, and has the potential to create positive business benefits to be fed back into the Scottish economy.

"We believe the initiative will also have a positive impact on staff, students and organisational development at the university through new learning and teaching opportunities and extending our network of high-calibre visiting professors

"Our Students’ Association is positive about the establishment of GCU London and we are fully committed to ensuring that students at the London centre will experience our award-winning student support."

She added: "Whilst many English and international universities have already established bases in London, GCU would be the first Scottish university to open an outreach centre there.

"We are well placed to succeed in this venture given our strong track record with an outreach college in Oman and our more recent international activities in China.

"I firmly believe that in these difficult financial times we must be innovative and entrepreneurial in order to continue to prosper in the future, delivering our mission of access and excellence in higher education."

A website, with full information on courses beginning in September 2010, will be launched in the coming weeks.