Welcome to the Glasgow School for Business and Society

Your education and future career are at the heart of our business. This University seeks to create positive differences in organisations and the environments in which they operate. This School brings together a range of subject areas to reinforce our mission as a University for the Common Good. It is only through exploring the impact of business on society that we can build teaching, learning and research that equips our students to excel in their studies and gain valuable employment to make a better world for all.

Our approach has been acknowledged through designation of this University as a Changemaker Campus by Ashoka U, reflecting our global reputation in promoting social innovation through teaching, research and community engagement. Our work with communities around the world is both innovative and award-winning and it informs our work with private, public and third sector organisations. GCU is part of the United Nations Global Compact; the largest voluntary corporate responsibility initiative in the world. It brings together like-minded organisations to ensure that business, as a primary driver of globalisation, can help guide markets, commerce, technology and finance to advance in ways that work for the overall benefit of economies and societies.

This membership builds on our effort to embed the Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME) across the University. This is at the foundation of this School and how we approach business and its relationship to society. The aim is to ensure that our students are better equipped to manage such complex challenges through contemporary learning, innovative content and an international perspective.

At an international level we were the first university in Scotland to join the prestigious EFMD global network. This European management development accreditation scheme provides GSBS students with an assurance that their qualification is among the best in the world. This reflects our determination to engage internationally though GCU campuses worldwide and with study and education overseas. We also have an enviable reputation for Graduate Business Start-Up through our U-Hatch incubator, our scholarship initiatives and our growing and influential alumni and visiting faculty. However, understanding the global environment starts in our own community and you will be encouraged to participate in local projects such as the Work Ready Action Programme (WRAP) and Business in the Community initiatives.

My job is to make sure you fulfil your education and employment potential, whilst gaining a deeper understanding of the complex relationship between business and the society in which it operates and where we build our shared future.

Professor J John Lennon,

Dean of Glasgow School for Business and Society