Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) is one of Scotland’s largest universities.
Tracing its origins back to 1875, this modern, innovative and forward-thinking university has a large, self-contained campus in the city centre, with many purpose built facilities making it one of the best learning environments in the UK.
Courses and Specialisms
The university has three academic schools:
Glasgow Caledonian University is the only institution in Scotland to offer courses in orthoptics, optometry and ophthalmic dispensing. The university has its own eye clinic providing clinical training facilities. The clinic is open to the public, and patients are examined by students under the direct supervision of experienced and qualified clinical staff.
The university has nearly 20,000 students from over 100 countries. According to HESA, 95.8% of students went into employment or further study within six months after graduating in 2014/15.
You could spend part of your undergraduate course abroad through the European Erasmus+ programme or on exchange with a university in North or South America, Australia, China, India or Korea.
Facilities and Services
The hub of the city centre campus is the Saltire Centre, which is home to the university library, the Base student support desk and over 1,200 study spaces. It also hosts a learning cybercafe which contains sofas, study desks and computer workstations for students.
The Arc is the modern health and fitness centre which has fitness classes, a well equipped gym, sports clubs and a hair salon and spa.
The university has a virtual hospital, a high-tech broadcasting suite and a fashion factory.
GCU has been ranked in the world’s top 150 universities aged under 50 in the Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2017.
The university is ranked 1st in Scotland for work experience opportunities (International Student Barometer Survey 2017).
Courtesy of Glasgow Caledonian University