Glasgow Caledonian University
|Glasgow Caledonian University|
|Motto||For the common weal|
|Principal||Professor Pamela Gillies|
|Location||Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom|
The university was constituted by an Act of Parliament on 1 April 1993 as a result of a merger between Glasgow Polytechnic and The Queen's College, Glasgow.
The current Principal and Vice Chancellor is Professor Pamela Gillies, who has been in post since March 2006.
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".
Glasgow Polytechnic 
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 Council for National Academic Awards (CNAA) degrees at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The Scottish Office and the local authority were both opposed to the creation of further Central Institutions in Scotland and the legislation enabling the creation of Polytechnics was specific to England and Wales. The new institution was constituted under a set of Instruments and Articles of Governance derived from that of the Polytechnics but specific to Glasgow: it had an Academic Board and a Governing Council establishing considerable academic independence but ultimately answerable to the Corporation of Glasgow. The formal opening of the College took place in 1972.
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 three times for promotional purposes: Glasgow College (1987); 'Glasgow College - A Scottish Polytechnic; and Glasgow Polytechnic (1991).
Glasgow Caledonian University 
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. The university initially offered more than 140 undergraduate and postgraduate courses within three faculties and 22 departments.
The original 3 faculty structure was made up of:
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 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 university has approximately 17,000 students, 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's reputation 
In 2008 the University won the Times University award for outstanding international student support.
The University has had mixed reviews in the national league tables. The Times Good University Guide 2009 stated that 'with Glasgow Caledonian's accent firmly on widening participation in higher education, the university will always struggle in league tables such as ours, but it is well regarded by employers, and applications have been healthy'. Below are the most recent University rankings for Glasgow Caledonian. The league tables contain 114 UK universities.
|University League table rankings as of 2009.|
|Times Newspaper 2009||68|
|Independent Newspaper 2009||61|
|Guardian Newspaper 2009||55|
|University League table rankings as of 2010.|
|Times Newspaper 2010||60|
|Independent Newspaper 2010||TBD|
|Guardian Newspaper 2010||66|
Research at the University 
In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise the University submitted 14 units of assessment. The University's submission in Allied Health Professions was a joint submission with the University of Glasgow and the University of Strathclyde.
As a result the University has received more funding for Research purposes than previous years.
Glasgow Caledonian is located on a single campus site in the Cowcaddens area of Glasgow. The university used to have three campuses: Park Campus located in Glasgow's West End, Southbrae 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 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 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.
The university has a number of shops, automated teller machines and restaurants.
The university has an important Fashion Factory located on the ground floor of the Milton Street Building, with professional equipments, where students studying fashion can design and create their own clothes.
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.
Graduation ceremonies are held in Glasgow's Royal Concert Hall.
In 2008 the university 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.
Saltire Centre 
The Saltire Centre is a £23m learning centre, situated in the heart of the university's campus. The futuristic award-winning building was opened in January 2006 aiming to integrate educational and students services. It contains 1800 study places, 400 computers and 250 laptops across four floors. There are walkways from within the centre to the George Moore and Hamish Wood Buildings. The centre houses the university's library collection, a learning café, and the students' support services
Student Exchange Programmes 
In recent years the University has started offering student exchanges for periods of 3 to 10 months abroad. The University have exchange agreements in Europe, America, Canada and Australia. Some of the exchange Universities are :
|Northern Kentucky University||USA|
|Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania||USA|
|Iowa State University||USA|
|Ohio Northern University||USA|
|Middle Tennessee State University||USA|
|University of Winnipeg||Canada|
|École supérieure du commerce extérieur||France|
|University of Granada||Spain|
|Complutense University of Madrid||Spain|
Students at Glasgow Caledonian can undertake a Student Exchange in year 2 or 3 of their Undergraduate degree; the University fully recognises the exchange as part of the degree.
Glasgow Caledonian Student Association 
Glasgow Caledonian University Students' Association (GCUSA) is an organisation which aims to provide a wide range of services for the benefit of the students at the University. It is located on a campus site in Glasgow City Centre.
The Association is autonomous from the University and is democratically controlled by students at all levels. All Glasgow Caledonian University students are automatically members.
In January 2009 it was reported by UCAS that the majority of universities in the UK experienced an increase in the number of applications for undergraduate degrees. It was reported that Glasgow Caledonian had 12,568 applications by the January 15th deadline. This was a 2.7% increase from the previous year which saw the University attract 12,243 applications.
Notable staff and alumni 
- Gordon Brown, MP, Lecturer in Politics (1976–1980), Former British Prime Minister and Chancellor of the Exchequer
- Ian Graham, Principal of John Wheatley College, Glasgow
- Brian Wilson, Professor in Media and Government
- Laura Bartlett, Bronze Medallist at the 2012 Olympic Games in Field Hockey
- Kevin Bridges, Comedian
- Neil Buchanan, Former Presenter of Art Attack
- Gianni Capaldi, Actor and Film Producer
- Jim Delahunt, Sports Presenter
- Drew Galloway, WWE Wrestler.
- Gary Gibson, Science Fiction Author
- James Gordon, Baron Gordon of Strathblane, CBE, Businessman
- Andy Kerr, MSP former Minister for Finance & Public Services in the then Scottish Executive
- Gary Lewis, BAFTA nominated actor who has starred in films such as Billy Elliot, Gangs of New York and Eragon
- Rhona Martin, MBE, Gold Medallist at the Winter 2002 Olympic Games in Curling
- Andrew McLaughlin, Chief Economist, Royal Bank of Scotland
- Ian McLeod, Former Executive Director of Wal-Mart and Chief Executive of Celtic Football Club
- Liam Mcleod, Sports Journalist
- Pat Nevin, Former Scottish International Footballer
- Sylvanus Olympio, Former President of Togo
- Chris Pendergast, Gaelic Footballer
- Martin Rennie, Head Coach of the Vancouver Whitecaps FC of Major League Soccer
- Gregor Virant, President of the National Assembly of Slovenia, former Minister of Public Administration of Slovenia
- Sean Michael Wilson, Comic Book Writer.
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