96 per cent of GCU students find work or study after graduation

08 July 2016

96 per cent of GCU students find work or study after graduation

Ninety-six per cent of Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) students are in work or further study six months after graduation, according to the annual Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) report.

The Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) data was collected following a UK-wide survey of people who graduated with their first degree in 2014/2015.

 Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Pamela Gillies CBE FRSE welcomed the findings.

“We work closely with industry, business and the public sector, hosting guest lectures by leaders in their field and providing placement/volunteering opportunities as part of our dynamic, real-world student experience,” said Professor Gillies.

“We are proud of our graduates; ambitious talented individuals from all backgrounds who, during their time at GCU, build the resilience, confidence and knowledge that today’s global employers are looking for.”

The DLHE findings, which place GCU above the UK and Scottish averages of 94% and 95% respectively, reflect the University’s industry-informed curriculum and strong links with employers in the private, public and third sectors.

More than 50 per cent of undergraduate programmes across subject areas including engineering and IT; nursing and social work; business and journalism are accredited by professional bodies.

A significant proportion of undergraduate programmes offer work placements and the University has developed unique exchange and volunteering opportunities at home and overseas.

For example, GCU optometry undergraduates are the only UK students to be invited to join the Phelophepa Train, which delivers much-needed healthcare to isolated and vulnerable communities across South Africa.

Others volunteer closer to home - postgraduate optometry students deliver eye care provision at a centre for homeless people and asylum seekers in the only project of its kind in Scotland, while the student-led GCU Law Clinic, under the guidance of qualified professionals, provides advice to people who don’t qualify for Legal Aid support.