Working with business

Glasgow Caledonian University continued to strengthen its links with industry and professional bodies worldwide throughout 2017.

With more than 90 accredited courses, GCU offers its students access to the latest academic thinking, theories and practice and develops work-ready graduates.

Female finance students received one-to-one mentoring from women in the financial services sector under a pilot scheme aimed at addressing gender diversity in the industry.

Barclays and Morgan Stanley provided mentors for 30 final-year students, pictured below, studying courses relating to financial services and risk management.

In close alignment with Skills Investment Plans, GCU is working with major corporate and public organisations to ensure that they achieve best value from the Apprenticeship Levy. All UK employers with annual salary bills of more than £3 million now pay the levy. GCU became the first university in Scotland to roll out Graduate Apprenticeship (GA) programmes and has been awarded the highest number of funded places across seven different frameworks. Sectors of activity include banking, data security, insurance, engineering and manufacturing together with public services such as NHS 24 and Police Scotland.

GCU’s University to Business Education strategy is centralised through the School for Work Based Education and focuses on solving human capital challenges and knowledge gaps through the co-creation and delivery of bespoke academic programmes. The UK’s Train Operating Companies and Freight Operating Companies leverage GCU’s partnership with the Institution of Railway Operators placing 100 staff spanning SERCO, London Underground, Heathrow Express, Virgin and 15 Modern Apprentices from First Group on GCU’s BSc in Railway Operations Management.

Start-up companies looking to take the next step in business will receive expert advice and mentoring from leading industry figures thanks to a newly-launched scheme.

The GCU Entrepreneur Ambassador Programme will let students, staff and alumni, who develop companies through the University’s entrepreneurial hub UHatch, tap into the experience of directors of successful Scottish firms.

Fifteen entrepreneur ambassadors have been recruited to provide feedback on business plans, offer introductions to key suppliers, deliver guest lectures, and mentor UHatch members.