City of Glasgow College (CoGC) – Scotland’s largest college and the most modern and technologically advanced maritime campus in the world.
The Scottish maritime sector contributes £2.7 billion to the Scottish economy and supports almost 55,000 jobs. Scotland has a strong maritime history, and CoGC is the leading UK centre for maritime engineering and nautical training, training approximately one third of UK cadets.
Its award-winning Riverside Campus on the south bank of the Clyde is the most modern and technologically advanced maritime campus in the world and the College works collaboratively with over 120 international partners to provide leadership in training and education within this global industry.
The City of Glasgow College’s Riverside Campus hosts Scotland’s most advanced integrated shipping simulator suite, including a full mission engine room simulator, high voltage facility, and four simulator labs for studying electronic navigation, safety and positioning systems. A working engine room gives trainees access to a real marine diesel engine. Around three and half thousand students from across the UK and around the world benefit from programmes designed by national and international industry partners to develop the maritime workforce of the future.
In October 2017, the City of Glasgow College was appointed as the host institute for the Scottish Institute of Innovation and Knowledge Exchange (SIKE). The Institute aims to provide a vital link between colleges, universities, innovation centres and industry and to foster the development of a coordinated culture of innovation, applied research and collaborative capacity building. It does so by gathering robust evidence of labour market skills needs whilst acting as a change agent and driving force towards the widespread adoption of new techniques, skills and technological innovations.
The Institute has enabled the College to enhance its innovation capability and has driven both economic value and social benefit to its students, staff and external stakeholders. More than 200 senior managers and business leaders have participated in innovation masterclasses designed to boost inclusive growth and productivity, and membership of the Institute has continued to grow. The Institute has acted as the primary vehicle for securing, managing and delivering a range of high-profile and high-impact projects, within the fields of innovation, construction, technology, engineering and equality.
CoGC is recognised for its work on pioneering applied research programmes including the development of the worlds most advanced polar navigation simulation experience, which aims reduce the likelihood of catastrophic accidents at sea. A recently published programme of research delivered by the College’s Innovation and STEM team highlights the dangers associated with entering into enclosed spaces and is currently being used to reduce the number of instances of loss of life at sea.
As a partner within the Scottish Maritime Cluster, the College maintains strong links to industrial partners including Clyde Marine Training, Caledonian MacBrayne and Ship Safe Training as well as international partners such as MAERSK Shipping, Global Marine Systems, V Ships, BP Marine and Sonangol USA.
City of Glasgow College has been appointed by Sir Robert McAlpine and funded by the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre to deliver an 18 month project supporting construction industry employers to assess and improve workplace inclusivity. The project is being delivered in partnership with Equate Scotland; Scotland’s National Gender Equality Agency and seeks to engage over 1500 construction representatives through an extensive consultation and assessment process.
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