GCU and Glasgow Clyde College sign Strategic Partnership Agreement

11 December 2014

The agreement was signed by Professor Pamela Gillies CBE and Susan Walsh OBE

The agreement was signed by Professor Pamela Gillies CBE and Susan Walsh OBE

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) and Glasgow Clyde College have signed a Strategic Partnership Agreement which will build on the collaborative activities between the two institutions and enhance the volume and quality of articulation activity.

The agreement was signed today (Thursday, December 11) by GCU Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Pamela Gillies CBE and Susan Walsh OBE, Principal and Chief Executive of Glasgow Clyde College. It follows many years of close collaboration between the University and the college’s legacy institutions – Anniesland, Cardonald and Langside colleges – and marks a significant step in the development of a long-term collaborative relationship between the institutions.

The project will be governed by a joint Strategic Partnership Steering Group, with representation from senior management, academic, professional support services and students’ associations.

Ruth Whittaker, Director of GCU LEAD and College Connect, outlined the importance of the agreement: “The University’s College Connect strategy, launched earlier this year, builds on existing partnerships with colleges to support an infrastructure for articulation. About 20% of GCU’s articulating students come from Glasgow Clyde College and, under the terms of the agreement, we hope to increase this number significantly over the coming years.

“The partnership is an important response to direction from the Scottish Funding Council to build strategic partnerships with colleges and to enable successful student transitions, progression and completion.”

GCU signed a Strategic Partnership Agreement with City of Glasgow College in August 2012, and with Glasgow Kelvin College last month.