Employability skills

We will enhance the personal, professional and employability skills of our students by expanding opportunities for work placements and internships, research, enterprise and innovation projects, volunteering and mentoring, and international study and cultural experiences through our international campuses and global networks.

GCU aims to develop global citizens, and has long recognised the value to our students of an international student experience. We have had significant growth in student participation in international exchanges and programme‐based study trips, with a 20% increase in Erasmus and Non‐EU exchange in 2013‐14. We also promote international work, volunteering and cultural experiences through a range of scholarships such as our Magnus Magnusson Scholarships and the Saltire Foundation programme.

Volunteering

The GCU Law Clinic was launched in 2014 to provide free and confidential advice and assistance to those who do not qualify for Legal Aid and cannot afford to pay legal fees. The Clinic is led by a management committee, made up entirely of GCU Law students and supervised by Brodies and Sheridan’s Solicitors.  

Qualified GCU postgraduate optometry students deliver eye care provision at Hunter Street Health Centre for homeless people and asylum seekers, in the only eye health project of its kind in Scotland.

Students are supported in their volunteering by the GCU Careers service and by the GCU Student’s Association Student Leaders programme. Students volunteer on campus for the university community through Nightline, Radio Caley and The Edit and off campus with the local community through initiatives such as the Carbon Ambassador’s programme.

The Magnusson Awards

An environmental UN internship, a support network for women in Egypt and the rehabilitation of malnourished children in Ghana – these are just some of the life-changing projects carried out by students at GCU in the name of the University’s late Chancellor, the well-known journalist and broadcaster Magnus Magnusson KBE. 

Eight students were presented with Magnus Magnusson Awards in 2015. The awards supported them to volunteer with projects across the globe, bringing their expertise and knowledge to parts of the world where it will make a real and lasting difference.

Students, their families and friends, staff and invited guests attend the annual event hosted by Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Pamela Gillies CBE and Dr Sally Magnusson, daughter of the late Chancellor and Honorary President of the Magnusson Fellowship at GCU.

The Magnus Magnusson Awards were created to support and cultivate the ambitions and dreams of the talented young people of Glasgow Caledonian University who wish to share their talents in some way with others. The projects enable the recipients to develop personally or professionally, giving something back to communities around the world.

Since the awards began in 2008, in honour of Magnus and his passion for learning, over 50 students have been able to realise their dreams and ambitions as a result of donations from friends and alumni totalling over £220,000.  

Student mobility

GCU aims to develop global citizens, and has long recognised the value to our students of an international student experience. We have had significant growth in student participation in international exchanges and programme‐based study trips, with a 20% increase in Erasmus and Non‐EU exchange in 2013‐14. We also promote international work, volunteering and cultural experiences through a range of scholarships such as our Magnus Magnusson Scholarships and the Saltire Foundation programme.

International experiences

We have successful partnerships with the Caledonian College of Engineering, Oman and with leading universities and organisations in China, India, the Unites States, South Africa, the Middle East and South America

GCU’s international curriculum seeks to equip students with the skills required by today’s global employers.

This is supported by the creation of internship and volunteering opportunities at home and overseas, developed through the University’s extensive networks.

As a University committed to the common good, the KAR Construction Scholarship programme enables us to support and retain talent at GCU. The opportunity to travel and to see construction in practice ensures students stand apart from others. KAR Construction Scholarships were established by GCU alumnus, Khalid Abdul Rahim, CEO and Chairman of the multi-million dollar construction company, Cebarco Bahrain.

The University and ng homes have signed a unique five-year agreement with the High Commissioner of Malawi to support scholarships for Malawian students.

A unique partnership with the Transnet Foundation will enable up to 500 students to support the delivery of healthcare to vulnerable South African communities on the Phelophepa Train of Hope over the next five years.

The School of Health and Life Sciences recently welcomed staff and students from Beijing Health Vocational College and Zhengzhou University to GCU’s inaugural international summer school, while Glasgow School for Business and Society students visited GCU New York as part of the School’s annual study trip to a global fashion centre.

Phelophepa Train of Hope

A unique partnership with the Transnet Foundation will enable up to 500 students to support the delivery of healthcare to vulnerable South African communities on the Phelophepa Train of Hope over the next five years.

In 2014, thirty-two students travelled to South Africa to volunteer on Phelophepa, a custom-built ‘train of hope’ that delivers primary health care to remote areas of the country.

The optometry students from GCU’s Vision Sciences department in the School of Health and Life Sciences joined a team of full-time professionals in the train’s eye clinic.  During a two-week placement, the student volunteers carried out eye examinations and give eye-care advice to children and adults from the country’s neediest communities.

British High Commissioner to South Africa Judith MacGregor visited Phelophepa this summer while the train stopped at Polokwane in the Province of Limpopo.

Groups of BSc Optometry students in their fourth year of the programme are on board the train throughout 2015.