Schools and Colleges Engagement

Schools and Colleges Engagement

Supporting equality and opportunity

Widening Participation

Glasgow Caledonian University leads the way in widening access to higher education.

As part of the University’s mission to promote the common good, we work with schools, children and families in the community to raise educational aspirations in young people and their families.

Did you know?

  • 97% of our students come from state schools, compared to 88% in Scottish sector     
  • 73% of our undergraduates are first in family to attend University
  • 34% from social classes 4-7, compared to a Scottish sector average of 27%
  • 20% of Scottish entrants come from the lowest quintile of Multiple Deprivation, compared to a sector average of 12%
  • 18% of entrants articulate from 25 of Scotland’s colleges
  • 12% come directly from schools across Scotland with the least progression to university


The Caledonian Club, employing GCU students as mentors, works with children and teenagers at nursery, primary and secondary schools in areas of Glasgow where traditionally few pupils have gone on to university. Children as young as three have taken classes at the university. Watch the Club's information film here:

Articulation and Transition

Routes for All and The Schools and Colleges Engagement and Transition Team (SCETT) work to widen participation and ease transition to post-school Higher Education in College and University. The team work with six Glasgow Secondary Schools and partner Colleges. Following on from the work of the SCETT team and Routes for All, the College Connect Academy works with college students to help decide if degree level study is right for them.


GCU offers a range of scholarships to pupils who have the ability to learn and not the ability to pay, thanks to the generosity of our Alumni community and partners. Moffat Scholarships have been supporting students for ten years now and we have just launched our Brighter Futures Fund telethon to update alumni on University activities and enlist support for initiatives including widening access scholarships and community programmes.  The fund could lead to more Caledonian Club scholarships like those we have awarded Club members over the past three years.


  • Work experience
  • Work placements
  • Internships
  • Modern Apprenticeships
  • Module Accreditation

Subject Specific Transition & Pre-entry Support

  • GSBS - Fashion Brand Retail
  • SHLS - DNA workshops
  • SHLS - Biorama
  • UK Recruitment and Outreach's Schools and Colleges Liaison Team
  • Advanced Highers Hub
  • Caledonian Club S3 Think Ahead Project and S6 Shadowing and Mentoring
  • S1 Engineering Challenge