Co-created curricula

We will leverage our relationships with business, industry and the professions to enhance the employability of our students through the co-creation and co-teaching of curricula and increased work placements and internships.

GCU has a reputation for maintaining strong links with industry, which supports student placement opportunities.

Placements and internships

We place significant value on developing partnerships to support our students to gain real‐world experience through placement and internship opportunities and learning from industry leaders.

Work placements not only provide valuable on-the-job experience, but also help students make industry contacts, build a CV and earn work references. GCU has a reputation for maintaining strong links with industry, which support student placement opportunities. We ensure that programmes are work‐relevant by co‐creation of content with business and the public sector, engaging with employers during development and review of programmes. Many of our programmes have Industrial Advisory Groups which provide guidance on careers and opportunities, as well as offering guest lectures and placements.

GCU has a clear focus on enhancing opportunities for work experience, and has grown the proportion of programmes offering placements to 75% of undergraduate programmes. In our School of Health and Life Sciences, 2400 work based or clinical placements were undertaken by students in the 2013‐14 academic year.  

We also place a strong value on professional accreditation, with 53% of undergraduate programmes and 50% of taught postgraduate programmes accredited by relevant industry professional organisations. This enables our graduates to become, for example, Chartered Engineers, Accountants or Physiotherapists, and builds networking opportunities for our graduates.

The University has engaged strategic partners including Marks and Spencer, who work with the British School of Fashion and fund a £50,000 scholarship programme to develop the fashion business leaders of tomorrow. This ground‐breaking partnership between GCU’s British School of Fashion and M&S won the 2014 Fashion Ambassador Award in London.

Other industry partners include STV, Warner Bros and Santander.

The percentage of GCU graduates who have found work or are in a further programme of study within six months stands at 95% (DLHE 2015), placing GCU in a leading position in the sector and contributing to the economy in Glasgow and Scotland as a high proportion of our students remain in the local region following graduation.

GCU Masterclasses

GCU Masterclasses are a series of presentations and discussions delivered by leading academics and invited thought leaders in our Glasgow, London and New York campuses.

Harnessing the expertise and specialisms within the University, together with Honorary Professors, honorary graduates and GCU award winners, Masterclasses bring an invaluable wealth of knowledge and experience to the University’s programmes.

They provide students, academics and external stakeholders with an opportunity to explore topics of interest, providing specialist industry insight and expertise, as well as engaging and challenging thinking in areas key to tomorrow’s leaders.

Masterclasses feature speakers from spheres ranging from the business of fashion to digital game design, financial services to sports.

GCU hosted a masterclass from philanthropist and social activist Professor Eva Haller, who talked passionately about her life’s work during an in-conversation Masterclass with writer, broadcaster, and GCU honorary graduate Dr Sally Magnusson.

Imran Amed, Founder and CEO of The Business of Fashion (BoF) and GCU honorary professor, delivered a Masterclass on digital experiments, following the success of his award-winning blog.

Author and CEO of GirlQuake and Honorary Professor of GCU New York, Denise Restauri, presented an inspirational Masterclass which focused on successful women in business.

Boyd Multerer, the man responsible for Microsoft’s Xbox Live, the gaming and entertainment service now used by more than 46 million people worldwide, informed a GCU masterclass that video games will run via satellite in just five years’ time.

Returning to GCU, world leading games designer Professor Richard Lemarchand delivered his second masterclass, which investigated the concept of Infinite Play. He accepted an honorary degree from the University in 2013 and is regarded as one of the leading designers in his field.

Embracing GCU’s mission For the Common Good, the University is proud to facilitate Masterclasses for students and staff which are provided by experts within a range of disciples where skills are being developed.