Industry-led programmes

We will offer high-quality programmes based on our academic strengths, informed by research and practically applied to meet the needs of students, employers, professional bodies and wider society.

Nearly 95 per cent of GCU graduates are in employment or further study within six months of graduation, according to the HESA Employment Indicator 2015.

GCU has introduced a Career Planning Roadmap which will encourage all students to focus on career development and employability. Learning outcomes for each year of study will help lecturers, careers advisers and students to design, plan and use career and work‐related learning activities and resources across web‐based, face‐to‐face, groups and one‐to‐one modes.

GCU is committed to ensuring its programmes are work relevant through the co-creation of content with business and the public sector, accreditation by professional bodies and work placements. 

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.

EPAS Accreditation

GCU’s Glasgow School for Business and Society has achieved the prestigious international EPAS accreditation for a period of three years for its BA Business Programme Set and MSc International Fashion Marketing programmes.

The University is one of only 69 institutions to have been recognised by EPAS (European Foundation for Management Development Programme Accreditation Scheme). As of June 2015, 94 programmes delivered in 31 countries have been awarded EPAS accreditation.

This endorsement provides GCU students with an assurance that their qualification is among the best in the world.

CIOB Global Student Challenge

A team of GCU engineering students triumphed in Hong Kong by winning the final of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) Global Student Challenge 2015.

The Challenge is an international construction business contest open to all students studying a Bachelor’s degree-level course in the built environment or related field. The challenge aims to identify and shape the construction leaders of tomorrow.

The competition develops leadership skills by challenging students to run their own construction company in a simulated environment using software developed by Loughborough University.

GCU’s Team Saltire entered the final in pole position after a preliminary six elimination rounds. The team consisted of Ross Anderson, Eugene Atiso and Dale Mason from the BEng Building Services Programme and Graham Allen from the BSc in Environmental Civil Engineering Programme.

The successful students received £2000 prize money and will be mentored for the next 12 months by key construction industry figures to help them further develop and progress their careers in the industry.

Loughborough University, which was the only other UK University to make the Hong Kong final, finished second. Other competing universities were from Australia and Hong Kong.

Professor Iain Cameron, Dean of GCU’s School of Engineering and Built Environment, said: "At GCU we have been implementing a range of initiatives to ensure our graduates are work ready with a learning experience grounded in applied knowledge and applied research."

CIOB President Professor Ghassan Aouad, who is also a visiting professor at GCU, said: “We had six great teams here in Hong Kong and all of them are full of the future leaders of construction.”