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Claire HulsenDirector of Strategy and Planning

Claire Hulsen is the Director of Strategy and Planning at Glasgow Caledonian University, leading an integrated service covering planning, business intelligence and data analytics, student and graduate surveys, portfolio development and market insight functions for the University. In addition, she leads on key policy and accountability matters with the Scottish Funding Council and has contributed to national policy developments including in the area of health education planning and the OfS NSS Review.

With 20 years experience working in higher education, Claire has expertise in strategy development, implementation and monitoring, and has a clear focus on institutional profile, positioning and impact. Her team has had responsibility for submissions to the THE Impact Rankings since its establishment, resulting in an outstanding performance for the University in the UK and global context.

Claire was previously Executive Adviser to the Vice-Chancellor of Glasgow Caledonian University. Prior to joining GCU, she worked at Universities Scotland, the Scottish arm of Universities UK, and the National University of Ireland (UCD).

Glasgow Caledonian University is a distinctive, inclusive, and forward-looking university that is committed to its social mission to promote the common good. It has become an international centre of excellence in higher education, promoting employability and global citizenship in its graduates. The university won awards for its support and commitment to the student experience, whilst delivering innovation through its world-class research in key areas of strength. Glasgow Caledonian University has a tradition of widening access to higher education for talented individuals regardless of their backgrounds and leverage their intellectual and social capital for the benefit of the communities they serve in Scotland and internationally.

Glasgow Caledonian University has become one of the largest universities in Scotland with nearly 17,000 students. The campus is self–contained and situated right in the heart of the lively city of Glasgow. The University is made up of three academic schools – School of Health and Life Sciences, Glasgow School for Business and Society, and School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment.

Glasgow Caledonian University has a well-established reputation for providing high-quality teaching, learning, and research which dates back throughout its founding institutions to 1875.

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Globally networked

Glasgow Caledonian’s excellent international reputation stems not only from its award-winning support for international students at the university but also from its work with its many partners around the world. The International Partnerships Office coordinates and facilitates the University’s work with international partners.

With campuses in Glasgow and London and New York, and partners in Oman, Bangladesh, and Africa, GCU is extending its global impact and engaging in new ways with learners and communities.

Mission and Vision

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) is the University for the Common Good. Its mission as the University for the Common Good draws on its rich history and founding purpose for the Common Weal as incorporated in our Coat of Arms.

GCU’s ambitious Vision is that, by 2030, Glasgow Caledonian University will be recognized as a world-leading University for social innovation. The Sustainable Development Goals, a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity, provide the guiding framework for delivery of our Strategy 2030.

Innovating for socialand economic impact


worth of economic and social benefit generated for the UK economy every year


the UK for world-leading social work and social policy impact (REF 2014)

Glasgow Caledonian University’s world-leading and internationally excellent research address societal challenges to help people to build inclusive societies and lead healthy lives in sustainable environments.

Glasgow Caledonian University was the first university to adopt the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as the framework for its research strategy. Research at GCU addresses the Goals via proposed three societal challenges (i) Inclusive Societies (ii) Healthy Lives (iii) Sustainable Environments- each underpinned by the University-approved research centres and a set of less-formal and fluid research groups.

To address the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), GCU has approved a number of thematic inter-disciplinary research centres, underpinned by an inter-sectoral approach to addressing these challenges locally and internationally.

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