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With more than 16,000 students from over 100 countries, Glasgow Caledonian University is one of the UK’s most dynamic and diverse higher education institutions. The university has particular strength in health, the environment and society, and has a reputation for applying its knowledge and skills for the social and economic benefit of the communities it serves.

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Founded in 1993 when Glasgow Polytechnic merged with The Queen’s College, Glasgow, the university can trace its roots from those institutions back to 1875. Today, GCU regularly features among the UK’s top ten modern universities and has a vibrant, compact campus ideally situated in the heart of Glasgow.

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Talented Athlete Support

Support for talented athletes takes many forms from personal training, nutritional advice and sports massage to developing flexible learning routes through academic study. Financial assistance towards competing at a high level is also available. Applications to the Talented Athletes Support Programme should be directed to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call +44 (0)141 331 8093.


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Sports facilities

GCU has an incredibly vibrant sports scene, much of it centred on the Arc, the university’s health and fitness facility. Here you will find two sports halls and three spacious gyms with a good selection of essential training equipment including Olympic bars and weights. Elsewhere, students compete at regional, national and international level across a range of sports from badminton and basketball to martial arts, hockey and football.


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Academic courses

Key academic strengths at GCU are health, the environment and business. In addition, the university’s mission ‘for the common weal’ is reflected in particular emphasis on social entrepreneurship and social justice. For those particularly interested in sport related study, the BA/BA (Hons) in Sport and Active Lifestyle Promotion and the BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy are two options. for details.