Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) was established in 1993 as the result of the merger between the Queen’s College, Glasgow, and Glasgow Polytechnic. Since its foundation, it has become a vibrant, multi-award winning university, which is known for its academic excellence. Prospective students will benefit from the academic staff’s knowledge, and the innovative teaching methods. Graduates of GCU are well-equipped with the necessary tools to succeed in their future careers, as they learn to creatively address real-world global challenges early on in their studies. GCU was ranked in the world’s top 150 universities by the Times Higher Education’s 200 under 50 league in 2017. The modern city-centre campus provides and excellent and multicultural learning environment to its current student body of 20,000 students and 1,600 staff members from over 100 countries. The friendly campus is home to the award-winning Saltire Centre that includes a large academic library. At GCU, students get the opportunity to study abroad or to take part in a global exchange. But not only its world-class and internationally excellent research, is what makes GCU a top choice; the students’ employability is very high: in 2017, 97% of graduates found work or were in further studies within 6 months after graduating.
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The staff are very supportive and the lecturers are very focused on delivering employability skills within the academic modules. The main focus is for the students to study the literature and this helps them understand the importance of proven processes to put into practice in the workplace. The experience was outstanding which immensely impacted on my learning journey to achieve the best results!
Fantastic university with helpful and approachable members of staff. Ideal location for public transport and great campus!
Caledonian university has multiple libraries on site and plenty of quiet areas to do work.
Overall, I had a really positive experience here and would highly recommend this university to others!
I graduated from Adult Nursing, class of 2017. I had a great experience at Glasgow Caledonian. I found all course material relevant and useful to my practice. Modules covered: in depth physiology, essential for nursing practice, most common health conditions faced by healthcare workers, ethics and legislation which underpins nursing. In particular, I found Caledonian had great facilities for learning practical skills. They have a number of simulated labs which allows for learning basics such as using hospital beds, how to use nursing equipment, how to undertake observation of vital signs – blood pressure, pulse, temp etc., and more advanced simulations showed how to respond to the deteriorating patient, advanced life support including CPR and airway management.
Glasgow Caledonian also undertake a multidisciplinary approach to learning. At least one module per year I with students from different health professions such as physiotherapists, speech and language therapists, occupational therapist, radiographers, social workers, which helped me understand the importance/relevance of these other professions in relation to nursing and their role in delivering hight quality care.
The uni also have a great online resource for nurses which allows you to research “how to” guides e.g. “how to insert indwelling catheter” “how to insert nasogastric tube” step by step guides, easy to follow and so very useful!!
Would definitely recommend to a friend.
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GCU is a very modern university. The campus is very central and it is beneficial that all the buildings are in the one area. The staff on my course have been very helpful throughout my time studying there. The other services available such as the careers service have been a great help to me, for example forming a CV. Also, the learning development centre have been useful when it comes to assignments – they are easy to contact via email or drop-ins.
My time spent at GCU was an enjoyable one. I studied Mechanical and Electronic Systems Engineering and thought the course was well thought out. Rather than being solely theoretically based there was a big push towards making you industry ready. The facilities in the university were great with access to labs available.
Overall I think the university is definitely up and coming and will be a key university within the city for years to come.
Glasgow Caledonian boosts a magnificent business school on their Glasgow campus. It has understood the makings of a successful business and modernised not only their teaching styles but the environment the students are exposed to. It’s not simply an institution but more a haven for students to flourish and reach maximum capacity. Enrolling students from every corner of the globe allows for a diverse and exposed understanding of business on a global front. It allows students to learn how differently businesses operate around the globe. Having the blended atmosphere in turn made friendships with people grow whom I may not have gotten the chance to meet had I not went to GCU. It exposed me to different cultures and not only improved my cultural knowledge but allowed me to embrace it here in Glasgow.
I joined GCU in 2016 (3rd year direct entrant) in the Business Management programme. The main thing I enjoyed from the jump from college was the level of techno-logic leaning and e-learning available to students. Given the world is moving on a social media and online nature it allowed us to utilise these platforms to learn in ways that suited us. For example, if a class was missed it was live streamed later that night therefore no work or lecture was missed. A fair way to ensure all students have the same access to material depending on their personal circumstances. That is really what GCU stands for, a university for the common good – it exists to support the normal person with normal barriers. The school’s location also allows it to be reachable for every student In the west of Scotland with transport links via train, subway and bus, it also has a multistore car park outside that students can use at a discounted price.
My favourite things about the business school had to be their extensive library & wealth of information that could be gathered using different platforms. Again, with the library adhering to an interactive nature it meant students were able to access different formats of information depending on their capability. Help desks, student advisors where always on hand for emotional and well-being support if the nature of the course became too much for students which I felt was an attribute to the university to help support students with health problems surrounding their studies.
In fourth year given my personal circumstances I was given a personal support from a department head whom I met with regularly to ensure I was supported & progressing with my project as I should be. It was the highlight of my fourth year as I felt at ease and fully supported during such a heavy point in my studies. I was guided through my last year with clear paths and structure from lectures which in turn allowed me to graduate with a high mark and progress into further endeavours.
My overall experience at GCU London was good. I felt my classes had a good blend of students from different parts of the world.
That gave me the opportunity to learn and know how to interact with people from different cultures.
I did an MSc in Risk Management with the modules being very interactive, fairly challenging and some new to me (coming from risk background).
I however found some modules and their lecturers mundane. It sometimes felt like we (students) were learning with the lecturer. My supervisor for my dissertation was not exactly useful/helpful. That aside I found every resource person (especially Insurance and Project management), field trip, assignment very important and useful. The admin office was always available to help.
The school’s location in Shoreditch was good as it was easy to get around London.