Glasgow Caledonian University

 

 

Overall ranking: Came 80th out of 124 in the Complete University Guide for 2014.

History: Formed in 1993 out of a marriage between Glasgow Poly and the Queen's College.

Address: Right in the centre of Glasgow on Cowcaddens Road. A globally-networked university with satellite campuses in London and, soon, New York, plus partnerships in South Africa, the USA, China, Brazil, India, Bangladesh and Oman. The University’s study abroad schemes give students valuable opportunities to broaden their international horizons.

Ambience: In the heart of Glasgow city centre, walking onto the Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) campus is like stepping into a mini, bustling metropolis. GCU has become one of the largest universities in Scotland and prides itself on providing a friendly, dynamic and effective learning environment.

Who's the boss? Professor Pamela Gillies, chair of the Glasgow Health Commission, is principal and vice-chancellor.

Prospectus: 0141 331 3000 or view it online here.

UCAS code: G42

What you need to know

Easy to get into? Varies between courses and does not use the UCAS points system. A typical offer for an undergraduate course is BCC at A-level (or BBBC at Scottish Highers).

Vital statistics: GCU is a modern university with over 17,000 students from more than 100 countries. More than a quarter of students come from non-traditional backgrounds. Trains one in five of Scotland's nurses and healthcare professionals.

Added value: The biggest business school in Scotland and a new games technology lab. Has flexible credit accumulation and transfer based on the American model- good news for adult learners. Close links with employers, professions and many FE colleges (to allow students to transfer onto specially designed programmes). Many of the courses include work placement opportunities. Boasts Scotland’s largest student refectory. The £30million Heart of the Campus redevelopment will transform the look and feel of the university estate and provide state-of-the-art academic and social areas.

Teaching: 114th out of 124 for student satisfaction with teaching in the Complete University Guide.

Research: 85th out of 124 in the Research Assessment Exercise.

Graduate prospects: 87th out of 124 with 56.7 per cent finding graduate level employment.

Any accommodation? Glasgow Caledonian University is ideally positioned in the heart of the city centre and the University’s purpose-built student accommodation, Caledonian Court,  is adjacent to the University. Costs for accommodation at Caledonian Court range from £90 to £102 per week (2012/13) including utilities but excluding telephone calls.

Cheap to live there? Pretty inexpensive- you'll be paying around £65 per week for a private rental. Many students still choose to live at home.

Transport links: Good access for trains and buses, as well as Glasgow airport.

Fees: Scottish students need not pay fees but must apply through the SAAS. Students from England, Northern Ireland and Wales are charged £7,000 per year while fees for overseas students range from £9700 to £14,500.

Bursaries: A number of scholarships based on subject, excellence and background are available. See the website for details. GCU’s bursary scheme ensures that UK students from low income households will pay no more than £12,000 for their full degree.

The fun stuff

Nightlife: The bright lights of Glasgow offer many a delight. A vibrant music and comedy scene with great pubs, clubs and restaurants.

Price of a pint: Prices average at £2.75 across Glasgow but regular drinks deals in the Students' Union.

Sporting reputation: Not the worst but far from the best- 83rd in the current BUCS league of 148 universities and colleges.

Notable societies: Fashion Society hosts clothes swaps, discount nights, fashion shows and nights out, while Film Club is open to anybody keen on watching or making movies. Plenty of scope to create your own society too.

Glittering alumni: Stewart Maxwell, former Scottish executive minister for communities and sport; Cathy Jamieson, former Scottish executive justice minister; Andy Kerr, former Scottish executive health minister; Rhona Martin OBE, Olympic gold medallist in curling; Louise White, TV presenter; Heather Suttie, XFM Scotland DJ.

Alternative prospectus: Head to The Student Room to meet prospective and current students and discuss all things Glasgow Caledonian. Unearth the real truth here!

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