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Glasgow’s Many Universities are Great for Business

27 August 2018

Glasgow is a great city for most kinds of business, and many of our blog posts offer insight into specific reasons for this. If you’d like some more general reasons why you should choose Glasgow as the headquarters for your business, read this blog from earlier in the year. Today, however, we’d like to take a closer look at Glasgow’s prestigious universities and why they make the city such a viable option for business owners. Keep reading to find out why Glasgow’s universities are great for local businesses.

Glasgow’s Universities are a Tremendous Source of Talent and Expertise

Generally speaking, universities benefit the cities and towns they’re based in. So, it stands to reason that a city like Glasgow benefits from having several universities. It has three big universities – two of which are high up on the global rankings. The main benefit for local businesses is the constant stream of talented, qualified professionals graduating each year.

Rather than pulling from a potential employee pool limited to Glasgow, possibly Edinburgh, and some of the surrounding towns and cities, Glasgow’s universities pull in the smartest, most promising individuals from all over the World, and Glasgow’s businesses can draw from this talent pool as well!

Of course, many students from the rest of the UK, Europe, and further afield, leave once they’ve finished their courses, but many also stay, and are even required to do placements with local businesses as part of their courses, which gives local businesses a chance to meet the soon-to-be graduates and perhaps make a job offer before they leave the city, encouraging them to stay.

New Graduates are Often More Affordable for New Businesses

New businesses aren’t usually established or successful enough to pay high salaries or wages, which is why a regular supply of new graduates is ideal for new businesses. This is a mutually beneficial relationship between new businesses and new graduates: businesses need smart individuals keen to learn and build up their professional experience, and graduates need a business to take a chance on them based on their potential — as opposed to their limited employment history.

Specific Universities are Better for Specific Subjects and Industries

Some businesses are just looking for clever graduates who have proven literacy and maths skills, but some businesses are on the lookout for the specific knowledge and skillsets gained from certain university subjects and disciplines. Not every university’s engineering department or maths department is created equal, however, and most universities are renowned for some subjects more than others. Let’s take a brief look at each of the city’s big universities:

The University of Glasgow

The University of Glasgow is the city’s most prestigious institution. It is currently ranked 69th out of the World’s top universities (many universities don’t even make the list!) and it is the fourth oldest university in the UK, after to Oxford, Cambridge, and Durham. The University of Glasgow has a huge range of subjects, all taught to a very high standard, but the following subjects are ranked in the University Subject League top ten lists:

Accounting & Finance – Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering – Anatomy & Physiology – Archaeology – Celtic Studies – Chemistry – Civil Engineering – Dentistry – Drama, Dance & Cinematics – Education – Electrical & Electronic Engineering – Geography & Environmental Science – Geology – Law – Medicine – Music – Nursing – Pharmacology & Pharmacy – Psychology – Social Policy – Sociology – Sports Science – Veterinary Medicine

The University of Strathclyde

The University of Strathclyde is Glasgow’s second biggest university and it has over 20,000 students drawing from over 135 different countries. The university was established over 200 years ago and the campus is right in the city centre, so the students are perfectly placed to attend internships and connect with local businesses. Like the University of Glasgow, the University of Strathclyde has a huge range of subjects, all taught to a very high standard, but the following subjects are ranked in the University Subject League top ten lists:

Accounting & Finance – Architecture – Aural & Oral Sciences – Business & Management Studies – Chemical Engineering – Civil Engineering – Communication & Media Studies – Electrical & Electronic Engineering – Forensic Science – General Engineering – Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation & Tourism – Marketing – Mechanical Engineering – Medical Technology – Pharmacology & Pharmacy – Social Policy

Glasgow Caledonian University

Glasgow Caledonian University places particular emphasis on fostering its students’ entrepreneurial spirit and working on its students’ leadership abilities. You might want to consider a GCU graduate if these factors are especially important to you and your business. GCU is also right in the city centre, so students will be perfectly placed to reach your office for interviews and attend internships. While GCU teaches a wide range of subjects, the following subjects are ranked in the University Subject League top ten lists:

Building – Forensic Science – Librarianship & Information Management – Optometry, Ophthalmology & Orthoptics – Physiotherapy – Social Work

Glasgow’s impressive range of universities makes it an especially good city for most businesses to set up shop. We hope this blog post has been interesting and that it has convinced a few readers that Glasgow really is the place to be. Stelmain specialises in serviced offices in Glasgow, so please check out the link and get in touch if you’re interested in any of our city-centre properties. Make the next big step for your business, today!

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