City of Glasgow College

City of Glasgow College
Former names
Central College, Glasgow
Glasgow Metropolitan College
Glasgow College of Nautical Studies
Type Further Education
Established 15 November 2010
Chairman Alisdair Barron
Principal Paul Little
Students 32,500[1]
Location Glasgow, Scotland
Nickname COGC

Coordinates: 55°51′47″N 4°14′38″W / 55.863°N 4.244°W / 55.863; -4.244

City of Glasgow College (Scottish Gaelic: Colaiste Baile Ghlaschu) is a further education college in Glasgow, Scotland. The new college was created from the merger of three Glasgow colleges, Central College, Glasgow Metropolitan College and Glasgow College of Nautical Studies. The colleges agreed to merge in March 2009 and signed up to a merger Road Map in September 2009. The new college officially launched on 15 November 2010.


The opening day of the college had been planned for 1 August 2010 but this was postponed. Ministers from the Scottish Government deferred the decision on whether to approve the merger until 1 September 2010 in order to examine the proposals more carefully, and the merger was eventually approved.[2]The College also maintains an international exchange programme with Jacksonville University.

New campus

Two new campuses are being built for the college at a cost of £ 228 million.[3] Building work has been completed on a new Marine Skills Centre on the banks of the River Clyde near Thistle Street. The main building work was completed on the Riverside Campus in August 2015, with an official opening by the First Minister later that year. A state of the art campus on Cathedral Street will be completed in August 2016. The new college has the support of Glasgow City Council and the Scottish Funding Council.

In July 2016, the new campus was shortlisted for the Stirling Prize for excellence in architecture.[4]

Marine skills centre

The centre facilitates a variety of maritime training such as Deck Officer Trainee and Marine Operations[5]

Working Engine Room

Modern engineering workshop of the College also houses a 'Working Engine Room" of a mid-sized vessel. Engine room incorporates working and functional models of main propulsion and auxiliary systems. Facility is equipped with running engine diagnostics on parameters such as emissions, and is mainly used for enhancing the operational watch keeping competence of trainee cadets.

Marine Engineering Simulators

Riverside Campus is equipped with a Full Mission 3D Engine Simulator and a PC based Engine Simulator where trainees are trained on a range of propulsion system models such as large slow speed diesel, medium speed diesel, dual fuel diesel electric, steam turbine, and Azipod.

Student association

The City of Glasgow College Students Association is commonly known as CitySA has one Sabbatical president with three part-time Vice Presidents of Social & Activities, Learning & Teaching and Diversity and Wellbeing. They are governed by a Student Executive Committee, consisting of the Presidential Team as well as 12 student volunteers. The They are currently affiliated with the National Union of Students Scotland where they have had a considerable impact in campaigns such as "Our Future, Our Fight", they have also been national recognized by winning the "College Student Association of the Year Award" in 2012 from NUS Scotland.[6]


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