Widening access

Our commitment to widening access meant that of our almost 5000 graduates in 2018, 22 per cent joined us from disadvantaged backgrounds and 44 per cent were the first in their family to achieve a degree. Figures show that 95% of our graduates are in work or in further study six months after graduation, with 74% securing graduate-level jobs.

The Caledonian Club’s success in widening access to education featured in the prestigious #MadeAtUni campaign which celebrated the transformational impact of UK universities.

Our community outreach initiative, which has engaged thousands of children, young people, parents and carers, was named among the 100 most significant breakthroughs to emerge from UK universities.

The UK’s Best Breakthroughs List: 100+ Ways Universities Have Improved Everyday Life was compiled by Universities UK in collaboration with Universities Scotland to illustrate that universities do much more than teach students.

Also last year, Deputy First Minister and Education Secretary John Swinney described the achievements of our Advanced Higher Hub as “impressive” when he met its pupils in January.

The Advanced Higher Hub reaches out to 25 partner schools across Glasgow, giving pupils greater access to subjects that are not always available in school.

Mr Swinney said“The Hub is a great example of schools and universities working together to help highly able pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds to fulfil their academic potential.

“Of the pupils involved, 70% come from the 40% most deprived areas of the country. It is a clear demonstration of how universities and colleges can make a positive contribution to both attainment and the widening access agenda.”

In 2018 the Hub secured £1,440,000 from The Scottish Funding Council, Glasgow City Council, Santander and GCU, ensuring pupils will be able to study for Advanced Highers on GCU's city-centre campus for another three years.