Glasgow Caledonian University

Published on: 3 Sep 2015

About Glasgow Caledonian

GCU LogoGlasgow Caledonian University dates back to 1875, gaining official university status in 1993. The University is one of Scotland’s largest, with more than 18,000 students studying at the university each year. In addition, Glasgow Caledonian University is the only institution in Scotland to offer a Food Bioscience programme, making it an excellent place for students to study.

Glasgow Caledonian is located in the heart of Glasgow city centre and is highly recognised for its modern, energy efficient build. In 2010, the university opened a graduate campus in London, as well as having affiliate campuses in China and Oman. With all these connections, students are given the best opportunities to develop their career prospects around the globe.

The University prides itself on its Saltire Centre, the home of the Glasgow Caledonian library. The library has over 1,200 study spaces for all students to get the most out of their degree, with thousands of books, e-books and journals covering all courses and points of interest. In addition to this, there are 350 computers throughout the library, giving students access to all the information they will need to succeed.

Student life at Glasgow Caledonian University

Glasgow Caledonian University Students’ Association represents the students of the university, making their university experience the best it can be. The Students’ Association is responsible for not only representing the views of all students, but also getting students involved in clubs and societies as well as giving advice when it is needed. The Association also organises events such as Fresher’s fair, sports ball and the end of year graduate ball.

GCU - Fencing ImageThere are up to 35 sports clubs at the university, run by the Glasgow Caledonian student volunteers. These clubs are open to students of all years and all abilities, with activities ranging from badminton to fencing. Once you have a Sports Club Membership, students can join as many clubs as they wish. Glasgow Caledonian students also run societies at the university, with up to 60 on offer there is bound to be something for everyone. Societies are usually based on culture, faith and liberation groups or may be course related. They may also be social, interest and hobby based.

The University also has a health and leisure centre, Arc, available for students, family and friends. The centre, located on campus, has a wide range of facilities available at reasonable student-friendly prices. Some of the services include two gyms, a range of fitness classes, two sports halls, a dance studio, a health spa and a hairdressing salon. Students and other members are sure to feel well pampered and clear headed when leaving Arc.

Living in Glasgow

Glasgow is Scotland’s largest city, with over 53,000 full-time students in the city during term-time, it is the perfect city for students to study and live. Glasgow is not only an excellent city, it is affordable and accessible, with students choosing to live and study in the Scottish city from all cultures and backgrounds.

The music scene in Glasgow is a huge area of interest, recently being awarded as a UNESCO City of Music. Franz Ferdinand and The Fratellis are among just some of the artists produced in Glasgow. Football is hugely popular in Glasgow, with the largest Scottish Stadium, Celtic Park, being based in Glasgow. The city is also home to three professional football clubs, bringing in both home and visiting fans every week. Continuing with the sporting theme, Glasgow was host to the 2014 Commonwealth Games. This was the largest multi-sport event held in Scotland, with 71 nations and over 4,9000 athletes competing in the event.

For the retail district, Glasgow has been voted at second to London for the best shopping experience in the United Kingdom. The city has up-market stores based in Prices Square and the Italian Centre, along with high-street chain stores to suit the styles and affordability of all customers. The city centre also has multiple cultural venues, including the Theatre Royal, the Pavilion Theatre and Glasgow Royal Concert Hall to name a few. With all these activities and experiences to enjoy, you are bound to find something that takes your fancy in the streets of Glasgow.

Food degrees at Glasgow Caledonian

Glasgow Caledonian University currently have food industry related degrees on offer for both undergraduates and postgraduates. One of these courses is the Food Bioscience BSc Honours for undergraduates, running for a total of 4-years. This course focuses on the application of biological sciences to issues within the food industry, covering all aspects of food safety, quality and security.

With this full-time course running for 4-years, students are given the option to undergo a 3-month work placement in their final year at the university. Previous students have worked in several food industries in this time, whether this is food processing, nutrition or research. By taking this placement, future employers see students as having the initiative to develop their skills taught in lectures, applying their knowledge into real life situations. Along with this, in their second year, students also have the opportunity to study abroad for a semester, expanding their knowledge of the world and the food industry in different cultures. Graduates of Food Bioscience have got a wide variety of career prospects ahead of them, whether this is in food production, safety or marketing, there are excellent opportunities for every student at the university.

Attending university is not the only way to achieve your dream career within the food industry. is an excellent Job Board that gives you a chance to explore each job available within the industry, with positions in a variety of locations.

Our careers advice page is also available, giving the latest news and informative articles about the industry, with relation to both university courses and potential job opportunities within the food business.

From the outstanding education to the stimulating city life, Glasgow Caledonian University has everything students need to make the most out of their university experience. The competitive food industry is looking for the best possible students to maintain a food related career, and with the excellent teaching at the university students are sure to succeed.