The year 2018 was another remarkable one for our University, a year in which we continued to demonstrate our commitment to widening access to students from the most difficult of backgrounds.
It was also a year in which we saw our very first cohort of Masters students at Glasgow Caledonian New York College graduate, after becoming the first foreign institution in New York to be given a charter to award degrees. Twenty-eight per cent of our total student population is now international and based at our Glasgow or London campuses or overseas. We have achieved this through forging strong and long-lasting partnerships with other universities and with businesses and charitable foundations in countries such as South Africa, Oman, Bangladesh and Mauritius.
Through collective and collaborative efforts, we continued to increase our research output and income in a number of key areas of excellence. And using the Sustainable Development Goals issued by the United Nations as the framework for our research strategy, our total research grant income was strong at nearly £6 million in an increasingly competitive environment.
The wellbeing of our students and staff remains central to our ethos, as was demonstrated by the hugely successful Erase the Grey campaign, which sought to eradicate gender-based violence on our campuses.
This year’s Points of Pride event, to celebrate the work of our colleagues in the University and in our community, was another great success. Every year, we tell ourselves and others the compelling stories of how colleagues from across the institution have gone above and beyond to demonstrate our University’s values of: Integrity, Creativity, Responsibility and Confidence.
And we were proud once again to sponsor Pride Glasgow, supporting our LGBTQI community of staff and students.
And of course, we were honoured to install our fifth, and first female, Chancellor, Dr Annie Lennox OBE. Guided by Chancellor Lennox’s passion for social justice and the empowerment of women and girls, we will continue to deliver our University’s mission, to work for the Common Good.
The year 2018 has certainly been one of global uncertainty. So, it is really uplifting for me to note the many achievements of our staff and students, who continue to work together to overcome challenges, while delivering the highest quality of teaching, learning and research, to benefit the communities that we serve both at home and overseas.
Professor Pamela Gillies CBE, FRSE
Principal and Vice-Chancellor