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Welcome to Glasgow Caledonian University

Welcome to the University for the Common Good

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) is a vibrant, innovative and multi-award winning University for the Common Good.

We aim to contribute to society in a manner that embraces yet goes beyond the traditional role of a university. GCU’s For the Common Good commitment is brought to life through our strategy and by the actions of our staff, students and alumni around the world.

Academic excellence

Outstanding student experience

Applied research

Our world-leading and internationally excellent research addresses societal challenges to help people to build inclusive societies and lead healthy lives in sustainable environments.

  • We are top modern university in Scotland by research power (REF 2014)
  • Top 10 in the UK for world-leading social work and social policy impact (REF 2014)
  • Top 20 in the UK for allied health research (REF 2014) at world-leading and internationally excellent standards
  • Top 20 in the UK for built environment research impact (REF 2014)
  • Leading UK recipient of Erasmus+ research funding to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe

Innovating for social and economic impact

We deliver applied research and knowledge exchange solutions to private, public and voluntary sector partners.

  • GCU is committed to responsible business and social benefit to generate knowledge exchange and consultancy opportunities
  • We are building a successful model of co-created work-based education programmes with business partners
  • We generate nearly £1billion worth of economic and social benefit for the UK economy every year and more than £880million to the Scottish economy annually (BiGGAR Economics)
  • Scotland’s first accredited Living Wage University Employer
  • First university in Scotland to achieve EcoCampus Platinum status 
  • Scotland’s first Cycle Friendly Campus with almost 10% of staff cycling to work

Engaging globally

With campuses in Glasgow and London and New York, and partners in Oman, Bangladesh and Africa, we are extending our global impact and engaging in new ways with learners and communities including: