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Glasgow Caledonian University
Glasgow Caledonian University, often referred to as GCU is set in the heart of Glasgow. It's know for its close-knit, friendly and personal community and range of facilities a virtual hospital, high-tech broadcasting suite, fashion factory and even an online Second Life campus.
With its heady mix of culture, architecture, music, nightlife, shopping and sport, not to mention its friendly residents, the city of Glasgow has everything. Accessible, affordable and multicultural, it's a great city for students from all backgrounds and cultures. Glasgow is one of the National Geographic Traveler's top 20 'Best of the World' destinations for 2016. The city was also voted ‘friendliest city in the world’ in a Rough Guide poll and described as a must visit destination by the New York Times, The Guardian and Wanderlust.
It was recently honoured as a UNESCO City of Music, and is famous for Charles Rennie Mackintosh's Art Noveau architecture and art galleries includeing the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Having hosted the 2014 Commonwealth Games, it's perhaps more famous for its football rivalry, whilst there are over 90 parks and garens in which to relax in.
QS World Ranking (2022)
Times Higher Education (2021)
Green Credentials (2019)
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Glasgow Caledonian is located on a single campus site in the Cowcaddens area of Glasgow, in the heart of the city centre.
Glasgow Caledonian University formed out of two universities, which merged in 1992.
Glasgow Polytechnic was originally planned by the Corporation of Glasgow as two separate colleges on adjacent sites in central Glasgow: the College of Science and Technology and the College of Commerce. Before opening in 1971 a new polytechnic institution of higher education had been agreed and the Glasgow College of Technology opened to students with the objective of offering degrees at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
The College was under the governance of Glasgow Corporation until 1975 when the newly created Strathclyde Regional Council became the funding body and a new constitution was put in place. In 1985, ownership passed from the Regional Council to an independent board of governors who received their funds directly from the Scottish Education Department. In subsequent years, the institution changed its name for promotional purposes: Glasgow College (1987); 'Glasgow College - A Scottish Polytechnic'; and Glasgow Polytechnic (1991).
The Queen's College, Glasgow
The origins of The Queen's College, Glasgow date back as far as 1875 when the Glasgow School of Cookery was established. In 1908, the Glasgow School of Cookery merged with the West End School of Cookery, which had been established in 1878, to form the Glasgow and West of Scotland College of Domestic Science, which was affectionately referred to by Glaswegians as "The Dough School".
- School of Engineering & Built Environment
- Glasgow School for Business & Society
- School of Health & Life Science
In the 2014 REF 89% of the University's research in the Allied Health Professions was rated as either world-leading or internationally excellent, while almost two-thirds of GCU's Social Work and Socil Policy submission was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent.
International & Industry Opportunities
GCU currently has agreements with a range of institutions in countries including Coratia, Cyprus, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Norway, Portugal and Turkey. Students can also go further abroad with the overseas exchange programme in Australia, Canada, the USA and Chile.
The University works in close consultation with business and the public sector including the Scottish Government. Students are given the opportunity to work alongside some of these businesses.
UK Students (2021/2022)
Note: Scottish and European Students should check with the Student Awards Agency For Scotland (SAAS).
Scholarships & Bursaries
The Talented Athlete Support Programme is designed to assist GCU's most talented and promising athletes in developing their sporting potential while studying. It offers exercise, health and nutrition support, financial assistance for the costs involved in sport training and competition, and access to high level sports coaching and monitoring.
The Saltire Centre is a £23m learning centre, situated in the heart of the university's campus. The award-winning building was opened in January 2006 to integrate educational and students services. It contains 1800 study places, 400 computers and 250 laptops across four floors. The centre houses the university's library collection, a learning café, and the students' support services.
The university library includes over 350,000 books. Gaining access to over 12,000 journals is easy and most of them are also available online.
Glasgow Caledonian's partnership with City of Glasgow College provides the opportunity to develop French, German, Italian or Spanish language skills in a suite of teaching rooms equipped with the latest digital technology. Language modules are offered at different levels of difficulty, or students can choose to learn their language for business.
The Effective Learning Service (ELS) can help ease the transition from school or college to university by offering advice on; effective reading and writing for essays, reports, dissertations and exams; demonstrating critical analysis; preparing for effective oral presentations; and academic English for speakers of other languages.
The Arc, the health and recreation centre, is situated at the heart of the University campus; convenient for maintaining fitness morning, noon and night. The facility features two sports halls and three spacious gyms with a good selection of essential training equipment including Olympic bars and weights. The large sports hall is used for group sports such as football, basketball and volleyball, and the smaller sports hall is used primarily for martial arts, dance and exercise classes. Gym 1 provides a large matted area for personalised exercise routines and many accessories for functional training and stretching, while Gyms 2 and 3 largely comprise of cardiovascular equipment and fixed resistance machines, with some special additions for advanced trainers. Classes are intended for all levels of expertise and fitness levels, and include spin, body pump, body attack, circuit training and boxercise.
There are 34 sports clubs and 50 societies for you to join, including faith based societies, course based societies, leisure activity based societies and nationality based societies.
There are a number of ways to increase your student employability through the Student Association, such as becoming a class representative, working to improve the learning experience of other students, becoming involved in the student magazine, The Edit, or the student radio, Radio Caley, with roles including management, marketing, advertising personnel, reporting and presenting.
Within the Students' Association Building is a 24 hour computer lab, student social space, a games room and a cafe. There is no student bar on campus, but the Students' Association has strong links with local bars and luckily the vibrant city of Glasgow is right on your doorstep.
The Career Development and Employability Centre provide expert advice on everything from writing CVs and applications to work experience and graduate employment. You can also attend employer presentations and recruitment events and explore opportunities for further study or taking a year out. Their tools include a searchable database of more than 500 vacancies, a news blog and Twitter feeds.
Caledonian Volunteers provides information on thousands of volunteering opportunities available to students.
In conjunction with the Scottish Institute for Enterprise (SIE), students are encouraged in setting up their own businesses. The annual New Ideas Competition run in conjunction with SIE is aimed at students or recent graduates of Scottish university who have a business idea and would like to turn it into a business or social enterprise.
Health & Wellbeing
The university's Positive Living and Disability Service offers information and advice to both applicants and students suffering from illness or impairment. The service helps students access additional services and facilities, as well as recommending necessary adjustments to teaching and assessment. It also provides valuable support and counselling to students through troubled times, including periods of high stress, low mood, poor self esteem and relationship problems.
Religion & Spirituality
The Faith and Belief Centre is dedicated to the many faiths and beliefs of Glasgow Caledonian students. The Centre is open seven days a week and comprises quiet spaces for prayer and meditation, as well as a private room to consult a chaplain. The university's chaplains can put you in touch with places of worship for all the major religious groups in Glasgow, and Glasgow being a big city, there will be religious amenities whatever your faith.
Self-catered (per week) (2022/2022)
Caledonian Court is the University's on-campus residences. It offers modern, self-catered accommodation, consisting of 100 flats, housing 660 students. Each self-contained flat has six to eight study bedrooms and a fully equipped kitchen. Private en-suite facilities are available in 340 rooms and most rooms are single. It's location, just across the road from the campus, means that you can roll out of bed as late as possible for early morning lectures, whilst its city centre location means that you can enjoy everything the city of Glasgow has to offer.
You can also rent accommodation in Glasgow from a private landlord and the University have a dedicated Student Accommodation Office to help you find your perfect home.
English Language Requirements
The minimum English language entry requirements for international students are:
|IELTS||Average Score of 6 (with no elements less than 5.5)|
|TOEFL||80 (internet based test)|
|Pearsons||minimum score of 52|
There are plenty of scholarships for undergraduate and international students at http://www.gcu.ac.uk/study/scholarships/.
The International Student Support Centre provides support and advice for all international students. They have daily drop-in sessions where you can speak to an advisor.
The centre organises an orientation programme with free events, and is supported by online social groups where it is possible to speak to fellow international students before you arrive in Glasgow.