Glasgow Caledonian University

GCU, the University for the Common Good.

Their mission is to make a positive difference to the communities it serves and this is at the heart of all they do, especially in their social innovation teaching and research. With a modern campus in the heart of the vibrant and welcoming city of Glasgow, the university has an excellent learning environment.

Fast facts


  • Glasgow, Scotland

Number of students

  • 16,415


  • 1,630


  • School of Health and Life Sciences
  • Glasgow School for Business and Society
  • School of Engineering and Built Environment

Notable Alumni

  • Gregor Virant - Minister of the Interior for the Republic of Slovenia
  • Hassan Rouhani - President of Irán

Key strengths in teaching and research

  • Optometry, Ophthalmology & Orthoptics - 1st in the UK*
  • Forensic Science - 5th in the UK*
  • Social Work - 5th in the UK*
  • Building - 8th in the UK*
  • Librarianship & Information Management - 10th in the UK*
  • Physiotherapy - 10th in the UK*


Glasgow Caledonian University’s position as a world-class research institution was reaffirmed by the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) results, ranking specially high in social work, social policy, built environment and health related research.

* Ranking according to The Complete University Guide


in the UK for Optometry, Ophthalmology & Orthoptics

The Complete University Guide, 2019

Nº 5

in the UK for Forensic Science

The Complete University Guide, 2019

Nº 10

in the UK for Librarianship & Information Management

The Complete University Guide, 2019


The City of Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland and the 3rd largest in the UK, widely renowned for its culture and the friendliness of its people.

As a UNESCO City of Music, Glasgow has one of the best live-music scenes in Britain.

Just one hour away from Edinburgh by train and one hour and 25 minutes from London by plane!

Other information

Did you know?

Strategy 2020 sets out GCU’s priorities for the next five years and provides a structure to support an outstanding student experience, the delivery of world-leading research, increased business development and growth in our international networks. Furthermore, it seeks to reinforce our distinct position as the University for the Common Good that works collaboratively to deliver social benefit to the communities we serve.

Their vision

By 2020, Glasgow Caledonian University will have a global reputation for delivering social benefit and impact through education, research and social innovation. They will be recognised as the University for the Common Good that transforms lives, enriches cities and communities, innovates for social and economic impact, engages globally and aligns with others in partnership and collaboration to deliver our goals.

Their goals

  • Transforming lives through education
  • Enriching cities and communities through research
  • Innovating for social and economic impact
  • Engaging globally
  • Aligning for the Common Good


Glasgow Caledonian University has various scholarships available for international students. Each country may offer different scholarships and/or student loans. For further information, please contact the Inova Education team, we are experts in this field and will help you to identify the best option for you.

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