Royal opening for new School of Health

14 January 2010

Royal opening for new School of Health

Princess Anne with staff and students

HRH the Princess Royal has officially launched Glasgow Caledonian University’s new School of Health.

Princess Anne met staff and students during a tour of the school’s state-of-the-art clinical simulation laboratories before unveiling a commemorative glass plaque.

The art work features famous quotes about health, well being and caring, from the likes of Robert Burns, Gandhi and William Blake.

The School of Health was established in August 2009 to support collaborative education in nursing, midwifery, social work and further develop the University’s world-leading research.

Bringing together GCU’s internationally respected School of Nursing, Midwifery and Community Health and School of Health and Social Care, it is now one of Scotland’s largest providers of health care education.

Professor Frank Crossan, Dean of the School, said: “We are delighted that Her Royal Highness continues her interest in our university and in health professions’ research and education.

“The new school offers an exciting and dynamic environment and, as well as aiming to establish an internationally recognised centre of excellence that is a leader in health and social care education and research.”

GCU’s research in allied health is ranked top in Scotland and in the UK top 10.

The School has 280 staff and more than 4000 students and includes departments of physiotherapy, occupational therapy and social work.

It also caters for radiography, podiatry, operating-department practitioners, acute nursing and health, and community, women’s and children’s health.

The glass plaque was designed by the artist Peter Halliday.

Below is a short video introduction to Glasgow Caledonian University's School of Health research into using virtual worlds in education and training, which was premiered during the Royal visit.