Glasgow Caledonian University is a public university in Glasgow, Scotland. In 1992, The Secretary of State for Scotland approved the merger of Glasgow Polytechnic and The Queen’s College, Glasgow to form Glasgow Caledonian University, which opened on 1 April 1993.
The current Principal and Vice Chancellor of Glasgow Caledonian University GCU is Professor Pamela Gillies, who has been in post since March 2006.
Since 2012, Muhammad Yunus has been the Chancellor of Glasgow Caledonian University GCU. Previously it was Baron Macdonald of Tradeston, since October 2007.
The aim of the new university was to offer non-elitist, high quality education and training to a wide and diverse range of students. It sought to collaborate with commercial and industrial organisations and other providers of education. Glasgow Caledonian University GCU initially offered more than 140 undergraduate and postgraduate courses within three faculties and twenty two departments.
The original three faculty structure was made up of Health, Science & Technology, and Business.
In 2002 the structure was changed and the following schools were established:
The School of Built and Natural Environment
Glasgow School for Business and Society (formerly Caledonian Business School), consisting of six divisions: Accounting, Finance & Risk; Cultural Business; Fashion, Marketing & Retailing; People Management & Leadership; Public Policy; Strategy, Innovation & Enterprise.
The School of Engineering and Computing. As of summer 2007 the School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences and the School of Engineering, Science and Design merged into one school.
The school has an affiliated college in Oman; the Caledonian College of Engineering. The School is made up of three divisions: Computing and Creative Technologies, Communication, Network and Electronic Engineering and Energy Systems Engineering.
The School of Health and Social Care consists of five divisions; Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Podiatry, Radiography and Social Work.
The School of Life Sciences has three departments; Biological & Biomedical Sciences, Psychology and Vision Sciences. The Department of Vision Sciences is the home of the only Optometry and Dispensing Optics programmes in Scotland.
The School of Law and Social Sciences offers a variety programmes including a BA in Social Sciences, an MSc in Social Research and an LLB. It is also home to a number of research centres such as the Scottish Poverty Information Unit, Caledonian Heritage Futures Network and the Centre for Equality and Diversity. The Social Sciences Department is divided into several ‘subject groups’ including Politics, History and Sociology.
The School of Nursing, Midwifery and Community Health is currently the designated Secretariat of the Global Network of WHO Collaborating Centres for Nursing and Midwifery Development.
In August 2009 the Schools of Health and Social Care and Nursing, Midwifery and Community Health merged to form the School of Health.
Glasgow Caledonian University GCU offers programmes in all of the Scottish Higher Education Funding Council (SHEFC) funding groups except medicine, dentistry and teacher education. In May 2002, it launched the first Scottish Centre for Work Based Learning.
Currently the Glasgow Caledonian University GCU has approximately 17,000 students and 1,500 staff. 25% of students studying part-time, 66% of students over the age of 21, and more than 700 international students from over 70 countries.
June 2011 saw the University open The Scottish Ambulance Academy, a facility that will provide the training needs of student Ambulance Technicians and Paramedics on behalf of the Scottish Ambulance Service.
Glasgow Caledonian University GCU is located on a single campus site in the Cowcaddens area of Glasgow and also has a Campus in London.
Glasgow Caledonian University GCU used to have three campuses: Park Campus located in Glasgow’s West End, Southbrae, a campus leased from and adjacent to Jordanhill College of Education and the current City Campus.
However, Park Campus was sold to the University of Glasgow in January 2001 and Southbrae was given back to Jordanhill after the lease had expired.
The City Campus contains a variety of lecture theatres, seminar rooms and laboratories. The university also has a ‘virtual hospital’ where students can develop clinical and interpersonal skills in a realistic environment. Glasgow Caledonian University GCU is the only university in Scotland which has this facility.
The campus contains a health and recreation centre known as the Arc. It has three gyms, each catering to different types of users. There are two large halls within the sports centre which host a number of classes such as yoga, football, circuit training and Thai boxing. The Arc also offers classes such as reflexology and Swedish massage. The health and recreation centre was opened by Thabo Mbeki who named it in honour of his father.
Glasgow Caledonian University GCU has a number of shops, automated teller machines and restaurants.
The Students’ Association is located in the Students’ Association Building. The main reason the Students’ Association exists is to represent the students at GCU. The Students’ Association runs sports clubs, societies, active lifestyle programme, radio station, magazine, provides welfare support and runs an events programme. Other services within the Students’ Association Building include a 24 hour computer lab, student social space, games room and cafe. There is no student bar on campus although the Students’ Association has strong links with local bars.
Glasgow Caledonian University GCU has a campus in Muscat, Oman, which is known as the Caledonian College of Engineering.
Graduation ceremonies are held in Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall.
In 2008 the Glasgow Caledonian University GCU considered a move to the East End of the city, following the Commonwealth Games to be held in 2014.However, these plans have been shelved due to the economic climate
Student accommodation include Caledonian Court, with rooms for 660 students sharing self-catering flats with between five and eight bedrooms, located in Glasgow City centre, behind the University campus.
GCU London is a postgraduate campus of Glasgow Caledonian University GCU which opened in 2010. It specialises in Banking and Finance, Risk Management, International Fashion Marketing, Luxury Brand Marketing, Tourism and Construction Management.
Based in Spitalfields, the centre offers a range of MBA and MSc courses. GCU is reportedly the first Scottish university to open a base in London.
GCU is a Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI) Centre of Excellence and GCU London finance students can obtain Chartered Banker status. GCU London also offers the UK’s first MBA in Luxury Brand Marketing. Subject areas covered include:
Banking and Finance
Fashion & Luxury
GCU London is based in Fashion Street, Spitalfields, and features a lecture theatre, teaching rooms, library facilities, breakout lounges, and group learning spaces.