glasgow caledonian university (gcu) is the university for the common good. our mission is to make a positive difference to the communities we serve and this is at the heart of all we do, especially in our social innovation teaching and research.
the university’s heritage dates back to 1875. our mission as the university for the common good draws on our rich history and founding purpose for the common weal as incorporated in our coat of arms.
we have aligned our research to the sustainable development goals (sdgs), issued by united nations in 2015; a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.
universities are the engines of our economies, they ignite our imagination and curiosity, produce untold ideas and some universities, like gcu, also seek to put their best ideas into practice for social benefit.