Glasgow Caledonian University has become one of the largest universities in Scotland with nearly 17,000 students. The campus is self–contained and situated right in the heart of the city of Glasgow. It also boasts a professional postgraduate university campus in the heart of London.
Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) has been designated a Changemaker Campus by Ashoka U, a global network of universities and colleges, and is one of only 29 in the world and the first in Scotland. It reflects the University’s global leadership in promoting social innovation in its teaching and research as it can only be gained by institutions that “share the vision for higher education to become the next global driver of social change by transforming the educational experience into a world-changing experience.”
As a sector leader in providing opportunities for talented individuals from all backgrounds, GCU is extremely proud that consistently one third of its students come from relatively disadvantaged backgrounds. The University’s commitment to social innovation is reflected in and inspired by its motto, For the Common Good, and is shared by its students and staff at all levels and not least by the University’s Chancellor and Nobel Laureate, Professor Muhammad Yunus.
With strong emphasis on high quality teaching, employability, student friendliness and strong industry links, GCU is ideally placed to contribute to the objectives of EU2020. GCU is also well recognised for its research excellence – the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) in 2014 ranked 30% of its researchers to be producing research at a level that is world-leading or internationally excellent (3*).
The School of Engineering & Built Environment (SEBE) at GCU is home to the largest building sector-related University suite of programmes in Scotland and one of the leading suites of programmes in building and surveying in the UK, with 1,500 undergraduates and 200 postgraduates. The built environment output from the SEBE is regularly rated top for the quality of its degree programmes in Scotland (The Guardian, 2015) and among the top quartile in the UK Research Excellence framework (REF, 2014). Key recognised strengths include, sustainable urban environments, building design, waste management and recycling. Over the last five years built environment researchers have won 7.5 M€ in research funding (UK research councils, Scottish Government, EU and industry) and has managed ERDF projects valued at around 1 M€. The School is currently engaged in Framework 6 and 7 projects and is supported in the management of these projects by the Research Innovation Service of the GCU.
As a Higher Education establishment (tertiary level) we have experience of the planning, development, implementation and accreditation of a variety of educational courses (undergraduate, post graduate) in a strict Quality Assurance environment.
We have extensive experience of involvement and management of a range of different types of mutlicultural, unidisciplinary and interdisciplinary projects including those funded through Europe (see examples in the following section).
We have a strong network of Alumni related to the renewable energy sector and good industrial contacts through consultancy and running continuing professional development courses for Industry.