December

The founding class of our New York College celebrated the completion of their studies at a traditional American commencement ceremony.

They were joined by founder of the United Nations Global Compact, Dr Georg Kell, who was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award.

I am delighted to be celebrating with our Masters' students an historic first ceremony for a New York College supported by a values-led foreign University with a Charter to deliver degree programmes.

Professor Pamela Gillies CBE FRSE
GCU Vice-Chancellor and President of Glasgow Caledonian New York College

Line of Duty creator Jed Mercurio and Scots actor Martin Compston took a break from filming a new series of the BBC blockbuster thriller to meet the next generation of scriptwriting talent. Jed, British TV’s most successful writer - whose credits include the smash-hit drama Bodyguard - visited the campus to talk to students on our MA TV Fiction Writing course. The writer, producer, director and novelist was joined by Line of Duty star and honorary graduate Martin, who stars in the police drama.

The University celebrated the completion of one of the largest social enterprise research programmes ever conducted. CommonHealth - a collaborative five-year study led by GCU and funded by the Medical Research Council and the Economic and Social Research Council - addressed health inequalities and established new methods to help vulnerable communities across Scotland.

The programme was composed of eight research projects working in partnership with more than 30 social enterprises, academics from Stirling, Glasgow, Highlands and Islands and Robert Gordon universities and Glasgow Centre for Population Health.

The creation of a new National University of Science and Technology (NUST) in Oman was described as “truly exciting” by Professor Pamela Gillies CBE FRSE. The Principal attended the inauguration of the new institution, formed from a coalition of GCU partner institution Caledonian College of Engineering and Oman Medical College.