• Why GCU?

Why GCU?


Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) delivers academic excellence to 20,000 students with the support of 1,600 staff and a defining mission as the University for the Common Good. Our main campus is located in Glasgow, Scotland and we have University hubs in London and New York. With our global partners we also deliver programmes in Oman, Bangladesh, Mauritius and South Africa.

As one of Scotland's most dynamic and forward looking universities we blend strong local and regional partnerships with national and international links delivering high value professional qualifications and post graduate education through each of our Academic Schools:

Our main campus is ideally located in Glasgow’s city centre, and as result has excellent transport links as well as being yards from Buchanan Bus Station and a short walk from Queen Street train station. GCU is committed to the ongoing investment and development of its estate and as such is currently in the process of the Campus Futures Project.

Our GCU London campus is a postgraduate campus of the University based on Fashion Street London.

Our Chancellor is Royal Academician, singer-songwriter, highly-respected social activist and philanthropist, Dr Annie Lennox OBE.

As the University for the Common Good, we are committed to providing high-quality learning and teaching to our students. Following the recent Quality Assurance Agency’s Enhancement-Led Institutional Review (ELIR), GCU achieved the highest judgement. We are proud to be the top performing modern university in Scotland for UK full-time students completing their first degree, with employment/further study levels of 95% six months after graduation. As the top modern university in Scotland for research power, our internationally excellent and world-leading research (3* and 4*) is placed in the top 10 in the UK for social work and social policy impact, and in the top 20 in the UK for allied health, and for built environment research impact.

In line with its commitment to the Common Good, and to its staff, GCU is proud to be a Living Wage employer and signatory to the Scottish Business Pledge. GCU was the first university in Scotland to achieve EcoCampus Platinum certification for its environmental practices.

Strategy 2020 sets out GCU’s priorities for the next five years and provides a structure to support an outstanding student experience, the delivery of world-leading research, increased business development and growth in our international networks. Furthermore, it seeks to reinforce our distinct position as the University for the Common Good that works collaboratively to deliver social benefit to the communities we serve.

Our vision

By 2020, Glasgow Caledonian University will have a global reputation for delivering social benefit and impact through education, research and social innovation. We will be recognised as the University for the Common Good that transforms lives, enriches cities and communities, innovates for social and economic impact, engages globally and aligns with others in partnership and collaboration to deliver our goals.

Our goals

  • Transforming lives through education
  • Enriching cities and communities through research
  • Innovating for social and economic impact
  • Engaging globally
  • Aligning for the Common Good

Benefits of Working at GCU

Some key benefits of working at GCU are detailed in the links below.