GCU British School of Fashion
Glasgow Caledonian University has a strong heritage in fashion education, tracing back to its founding colleges in 1875. Today, it is a vibrant and innovative institution providing expert guidance to over 20,000 students from more than 100 countries.
Having developed a reputation for teaching and learning in the fashion industry, GCU established the British School of Fashion at its London campus in 2013. Under the leadership of Professor Christopher Moore, the School offers a unique mix of programmes influenced by the needs of the industry, including the world's first MSc in Digital Fashion Strategy launching in January 2017. In addition to providing innovative co-created educational programmes we work closely with industry to deliver leading-edge research and consultancy.
The British School of Fashion has successful partnerships and collaborations with leading brands including Marks and Spencer, retailTRUST, ASOS and House of Fraser, as well as an engaged alumni audience working for international retailers such as Tiffany & Co and Jaeger. The appointment of Honorary Professors including our Founding Donor, Dr Don McCarthy, also provides a wealth of expertise to ensure we meet the needs of the fashion industry, in a fast-changing and challenging consumer market.
The British School of Fashion is dedicated to providing the best educational experience possible to our students, regardless of background. Through industry supported scholarship programmes we invest in the fashion leaders of tomorrow, providing financial support and an enhanced academic experience to those in need.
The British School of Fashion at GCU embodies the University's endeavour to promote enterprise, innovation and learning underpinned by a deep-rooted social conscience. We recognise that the fashion industry has a responsibility to conduct business in an ethical manner, to promote and practice fair trade. This is reflected in the work of The Fair Fashion Centre housed within our New York campus. This initiative acts as both a repository and conduit of information, and the centre is focused on examining the business case for sustainability in the fashion industry.
Furthermore, the British School of Fashion has responded to a worldwide call to put social responsibility, ethics and sustainability at the top of the agenda for training future business leaders by becoming a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact-backed initiative: the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME). Our participation in PRME exhibits our long-term mission to deliver economic and social benefits at home and across the world, and the values of PRME underpin the entirety of the British School of Fashion's portfolio. Through this commitment, we will continue to improve engagement with the cause. We will regularly report progress on the application of the principles, and in so doing, contribute to the learning experience of academic institutions worldwide participating in the PRME initiative.