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Glasgow Caledonian University

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About GCU's School for Business and Society

An innovative School with a proud heritage

Glasgow School for Business and Society is an innovative school which integrates complementary disciplines and expertise in business, law and social sciences. Our focus and activities reflect the complex relationship between business and society and place particular emphasis on the social context within which business is undertaken.

Through our cutting-edge research, professional body accreditations and commitment to learning for the real world, we support, challenge and inspire our students and staff to be creative in their thinking, international in their outlook and innovative and entrepreneurial in their actions.

Our Mission

Our mission is clear and at its core is our commitment to nurturing enterprise, promoting social responsibility and enabling people to fulfil responsible leadership roles in business and/or the community.

Our Values

  • Employability
    Our programmes aim to develop employability and self-employability skills, including enterprise, leadership, group working and problem-solving.
  • Engagement
    We are committed to maintaining strong links with professional bodies and industry organisations in the public, private and voluntary sectors to develop 'work ready' graduates. This commitment is reflected in our numerous programme accreditations and the support of a number of benefactors such as James Moffat and world-leading companies, including Marks and Spencer, House of Fraser, All Saints and Shed Media.
  • Internationalisation
    We have a diverse international profile with students and staff from more than 100 countries and this is reflected in our portfolio of programmes which consider the international context of each discipline and provide opportunities for our students to study abroad.
  • Responsible citizenship
    Consistent with the University's mission and motto and our commitment to PRME, our programmes develop all our graduates as responsible citizens capable of making a positive contribution to society.


To ensure that we are perfectly placed to meet the needs of a rapidly changing external environment, our innovative School brings together disciplines in business, law and social sciences.

This exceptional combination of business and management with social science enables us to offer a wide-range of excellent programmes with opportunities to study at undergraduate or postgraduate levels. We offer taught programmes, in distinct disciplines, such as business, management, law and social sciences, as well as in niche areas, including accountancy, banking, investment and risk, international fashion marketing, creative and cultural business, TV fiction writing, international tourism, multimedia journalism and Scottish history.

Our approach, focusing on learning for the real world and the future employability of our graduates, is supported by our links with industry, bringing 'real life' into the classroom, through live business projects and case studies, guest speakers and visits to industry, as well as formal and informal student work placement opportunities.

Throughout our long history, we have remained faithful to the provision of excellent higher education opportunities that make a positive difference to society and to the lives of individuals, as well as to business and other organisations.

We have an international outlook and we are committed to developing our partnerships across the world; welcoming students and visiting faculty to Glasgow and London and providing opportunities for our students and staff to spend time abroad.

My colleagues and I would really like to welcome you to the School, the University and to Scotland, so please do not hesitate to contact us if you need further information on any of our programmes or activities or if you wish to provide feedback on the website, and sincere thanks again for visiting it.

Professor John Lennon
Acting Dean


We maintain a range of industry-standard facilities, ensuring our graduates have the highest levels of professional training and engaging with organisations for experimental work, testing, analysis and professional training.

Fashion Factory

The practical fashion modules are taught in our purpose-built studio, the Fashion Factory. Equipped with contemporary, industrial machinery used for the design and production of fashion items, the Fashion Factory includes an industry-standard computer-aided design (CAD) system for fashion and textile design, pattern making and retail merchandising.

From guidance on design management to creating fashion illustrations, the university's fashion business team is equipped with the facilities and know-how to solve any problem. A Lectra CAD suite can be provided to businesses for design, pattern development and visual merchandising. In addition, a helping hand can be extended in choosing the right colours and fabrics, with shape consultation and garment simulation completing the package.

Audio/Video Studio

Our dedicated studio facilities for video and audio production offer training using up-to-date digital equipment. Industry-standard facilities including our new, purpose-built multimedia newsroom to produce television and radio news packages.

Technical facilities for Practical Journalism

  • Newsroom
    with 20 Dell PCs with QuarkXPress 5 & Adobe In Design page production software, MS Office, Adobe Acrobat, MS Internet Explorer, Dreamweaver web creation software, Wordpress blog/WCMS, Photoshop Elements, Burli radio news editing system, PA newswire feed, Newslink feed, Sky News radio feed, 2 x Audition digital audio editing / 2 Avid digital video edit suites, Digital TV and radio monitors with playout link from adjacent TV and radio studios, DVD player, freeview box, phone books, reference directories, daily newspapers and weekly magazines; 2 Nikon digital stills cameras, 20 Canon Digital Stills cameras, 4 phones.
  • Radio production
    Clyde Broadcast Synergy Bronze digital radio studio & hard-disk playout system, in audio soundproof studio (accommodates 4), plus control booth & Audition v2 control/edit system. 10 x Adobe Audition digital audio edit suites (2 in newsroom), one voiceover booth. 8 x Marantz PMD661 memory card reporter-recorders. 10 X HHB MDP500 Portadisc Mini Disc Reporter-Recorder kits, 10 x Sony MZR900 mini-disc recorder kits.
  • TV production
    TV studio & gallery with 3 HD JVC cameras, green screen, autocue & graphics/titling software, play in from remote studio with Chroma Key as well as gallery play in from Avid server or tape. Full talkback for presenters and camera positions.16 x Panasonic 3 CCD Mini DV digital camcorders, 16 x Vinten Pro Tripods, 10 x Avid Media Composer digital editing suites, (2 of these installed in newsroom) and a rostrum camera. Lighting kits, rifle & boom mics, other ancillaries.

Communications & Media Laboratory

This digital mass media facility was created to support the delivery of high-quality research outputs. These are focused on key areas of contemporary popular culture, including the significantly under-researched area of radio, within a UK framework and, more crucially, on an international, trans-cultural basis.

It builds on an already established track record in research in areas such as mediated (international) sport, television serials and drama, and media representations of monarchy, and will in future include new areas such as comparative analyses of situation comedy covering the EU, North America and Australia.

Corporate Partnerships

A School For Business

Our extensive corporate partnerships ensure that we remain relevant and connected with the latest business developments.

We are privileged to have the support of leading companies, such as Marks and Spencer, John Lewis, Morgan Stanley, Santander, Top Shop, Scottish and Southern Energy, Clyde Union Pumps, All Saints, Air Canada, O2 Arena, Margaret Howell, Wm Grant and Sons, Holliday Inn, House of Fraser, BBC Scotland, Fremantle, MG Alba, ScreenHI and Shed Media.

These companies partner with us for research, provide student scholarship support and come to us for our business consultancy expertise. Firms large or small, local or global greatly enhance our students’ experience. We are proud that the talent of our staff, students and alumni makes a difference in business.

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