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World first for University’s Financial Services programmes
Glasgow Caledonian University has achieved a world first after joining forces with the Chartered Banker Institute. The innovative  partnership means that GCU’s MSc Financial Services programmes are the first to have the backing of three of the most influential banking and finance professional bodies in the world – the Chartered Banker Institute, the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment and the Institute of Operational Risk.

The Chartered Banker Institute, the oldest banking institute in the world, is taking its relationship with Glasgow School for Business and Society a step further by opening staffed offices on the GCU London campus, in the heart of the UK’s financial district in London.

The accreditation means that future students on MSc Financial Services programmes at GCU and GCU London will be eligible for Chartered Banker status - the gold standard professional qualification in the sector recognised globally as a measure of enhanced standards of excellence and professionalism. The Chartered Banker Institute is the only remaining banking institute in the UK and the oldest in the world. It is committed to raising the standards of professionalism at all levels in banking and financial services, and to rebuilding public confidence and trust in banks and bankers.

Glasgow and London ranked in top 50 student cities
Glasgow Caledonian University has two campuses in the world’s top 50 cities for students. Glasgow and London were among just four British cities, alongside Manchester and Birmingham, to make the top 50 in the QS Best Student Cities survey of 500 urban centres around the world.

Researchers looked at the affordability and quality of life of 500 cities, as well as the number and reputation of their universities. Measures such as crime and the cost of living were considered as well as the student mix and costs of essentials such as food and tuition.

London was ranked second and Glasgow was placed 50th of the 500 cities surveyed.

Ralph Lauren’s Brian Duffy delivers fashion masterclass
One of the fashion industry’s biggest names visited GCU to share his experiences with students, staff and the country’s fashion leaders.

Brian Duffy, Ralph Lauren’s Group President Europe and a visiting professor at the University, delivered luxury brand marketing master classes to packed theatres at both the GCU Glasgow and London campuses, telling audiences that “GCU and Glasgow School for Business and Society encourage students to be bold and determined.”

Professor Muhammad Yunus to give social business lecture
Bangladesh’s Professor Muhammad Yunus will talk to Glasgow Caledonian University students next month in a masterclass on social business.

Professor Yunus, an honorary graduate of the University, will explain the core principles of his social business model and discuss how we all can change the world for the better on March 7 before meeting Members of the Scottish Parliament.

New International Development MSc
A new one-year full-time MSc in International Development will be launched at GCU in September.  You can find out more about the MSc, which focuses on global social and economic policies and addresses development, poverty, inequality, health, gender inequality and many other forms of marginalisation.

Pre-sessional English courses in Glasgow and London
Applicants who would like to improve their English language skills can join five- and 10-week pre-sessional courses in London and Glasgow.  The courses are an ideal way for applicants to improve their skills while getting to know their new campus and city before starting an academic programme.

Game Jam 2012 is a record breaker
Glasgow Caledonian University hosted the Scottish leg of Game Jam 2012, an international 48-hour game design challenge that pitches aspiring programmers and designers against the gaming industry’s rising stars. More than 130 students and enthusiasts attended the event.

The University-hosted event is one of the largest hubs for Global Game Jam, which runs in more than 160 countries simultaneously. GCU’s Dr John Sykes, senior lecturer in creative technologies, said: "Students learn so much in 48 hours of Game Jam. They experience exactly what ‘crunch time' is like in the industry. They also see the ‘pipeline' of game creation which can be hard to re-create within an academic course.”


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