Enhancing capability and capacity

We will enhance capability, through, for example our partnership with the Institution of Railway Operators and the University of Johannesburg to expand our successful BSc in Railway Operations Management to Transnet, South Africa’s largest freight rail company. 

GCU and Transnet Freight Rail have a five-year agreement for a significant capacity building programme in railway operations management.

In Glasgow and at GCU London, GCU delivers bespoke programmes to energy leader SSE to develop new recruits.

Transnet Freight Rail

The programme is the first of its kind that offers a formal qualification in railway operations management in South Africa. 

Since the launch of the programme in 2012, nearly 600 employees have registered and an estimated 5,000 are expected to graduate through the programme. The programme is delivered in partnership between GCU, the University of Johannesburg, the UK’s Institution of Railway Operators and Transnet’s School of Rail.

The graduates will hold qualifications from GCU, with the programme delivered locally in partnership with the University of Johannesburg. The programme originated in the UK through collaboration with the Institution of Railway Operators.

Scottish Ambulance Service Academy

This year, the on-campus Scottish Ambulance Service Academy will develop the skills of 300 frontline medical staff. They benefit from our state-of-the-art simulation facilities, training in a real-life clinical environment where they can engage with other health and emergency services professionals. 


Since the relationship with SSE began in 2010, more than 60 of its managers have gained a qualification in Business and Customer Management at GCU.

The programme was also launched at GCU London in May 2015.

SSE is one of the leading energy companies in the UK, with interests in electricity and gas production, distribution, supply and services.

GCU is the only University in Scotland to offer the opportunity to gain awards though work based education from Higher Education Certificate level through to a full MSc.

The partnership started in 2010 and has gone from strength to strength with over 100 students graduating so far. This year we will be running two programmes – one for SSE employees located in the South / South East and another for the North and West. This enables SSE to broaden access to selected employees for a desirable qualification, through increased capacity and geographical reach.