With 20,000 students, including our 5000 strong international community in Glasgow, London and at our global hubs, GCU is committed to a student experience that nurtures knowledge and creativity to address real-world global challenges, transforming the lives of our students and others.
Raise attainment of talented individuals from all backgrounds through articulation and widening access, engaging further education students through initiatives such as College Connect. Membership of our Caledonian Club starts at just three years old, and we work with children and their families on and off campus throughout primary and secondary school to raise educational aspirations.
Achieve academic excellence and an outstanding learning experience, building on the 2014 QAA ELIR review in which GCU received the highest possible outcome.
Equip graduates to tackle complex world challenges by developing skills in divergent thinking and social entrepreneurialism, underpinned by a commitment to responsible management. We are driving forward social innovation through initiatives and education and, as Scotland’s first Ashoka U Changemaker Campus, we are members of an influential network that includes likeminded US universities Brown, Cornell and Johns Hopkins.
Grow postgraduate and work-based education, expand our digital presence and extend our use of learning technologies.
Enriching cities and communities through research
As the top modern university in Scotland by research power, GCU’s impact in key areas such as safe energy production, health, safer water and social policy is recognised at global levels. Our focused research will help people to build inclusive societies and lead healthy lives in sustainable environments.
Deliver social benefit by sharing knowledge with the private, public and voluntary sectors.
Enhance our research culture, grow the number of research students and support those in their early careers to standards of excellence.
Foster innovation and equip students for global challenges by strengthening the relationship between research and teaching.
Expand the use of technologies to engage with research partners, users and beneficiaries.
For example, our partnership with Playlist for Life is helping to enhance the lives of people with dementia and their carers through research and the development of a musical intervention using a 'soundtrack of your life' approach.
Innovating for social and economic impact
We will deliver applied research and knowledge exchange solutions to private, public and voluntary sector partners in the UK and key global markets to improve competitiveness, productivity and impact.
Promote GCU as a partner committed to responsible business and social benefit to generate knowledge exchange and consultancy opportunities, for example through our KTP with Scottish Canals to boost tourism.
Enhance our culture of entrepreneurialism, innovation and social enterprise and embed partnership working supported by, for example, our status as a United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Champion.
Build upon our model of co-creation of programmes with industry partners, including the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, SSE, and Transnet Freight Rail.
Work with business to enhance our students’ employability through work placements and internship opportunities.
With campuses in Glasgow, London and New York, and partners in Oman, Bangladesh and Africa, we will extend our global impact and engage in new ways with learners and communities.
Grow our 5000-strong international community of students and staff, promoting diversity and access through summer schools, scholarships and articulation from partner colleges.
Deliver a globally relevant curriculum and experience with increased student mobility opportunities through GCU New York, our partners in Bangladesh and Africa and scholarships.
Support educational development in emerging economies. For example, through the Grameen Caledonian College of Nursing in Bangladesh, and in Africa where GCU and the African Leadership Academy will establish the African Leadership College of Higher Education to develop the continent's future leaders.
Further develop our international collaborations in research and business development.
Aligning for the Common Good
The University’s key role in the Scotland Lights Up Malawi campaign is just one example of how GCU’s active and collaborative approach towards the creation of a better, fairer world lies at the heart of Strategy 2020. Our commitment to work for the common good is brought to life by students and staff in a way that embraces, and goes beyond, the traditional role of a university.
Raise aspirations and widen access by, for example, embedding the Caledonian Club across GCU campuses in Glasgow, London and New York. Since 2008, we have engaged with 11,500 children, 3000 parents and enlisted more than 500 student mentors.
Enhance capability and capacity through, for example, programmes delivered in Glasgow and at GCU London with energy leader SSE to develop recruits. In South Africa, in partnership with the Institution of Railway Operators and the University of Johannesburg, we offer the world’s first formal qualification in railway operations management to Transnet Freight Rail employees, pictured above.
Reduce inequalities and promote social justice. Grameen in the UK, supported by GCU, helps local people to establish businesses and create jobs. In the first year, it issued more than 100 loans to aspiring entrepreneurs. Internationally, Grameen Caledonian College of Nursing is helping to raise healthcare education standards in Bangladesh while providing educational and career opportunities.
Contribute to regeneration and growth. In Glasgow each year, GCU generates £500million of economic impact, supports 6000 jobs and is supportive of plans to redevelop parts of the city. In Africa, in partnership with the Scottish Government, Solar Aid and other agencies, our Centre for Climate Justice helps families in Malawi to swap dangerous, costly oil lamps for eco-friendly, solar alternatives. In addition, the Centre has a lead role on Water for ALL in Malawi and Zambia.
Glasgow Caledonian University Chancellor Professor Muhammad Yunus
Nobel Peace Prize winner Professor Yunus is one of the world’s most influential social entrepreneurs and humanitarians. He has helped to lift millions of people out of poverty as founder of the Grameen Bank and pioneer of microlending. Professor Yunus has received more than 100 awards from 26 countries, including the US where he was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama, and later the Congressional Gold Medal, the country’s top civilian honour.