The Sandyford Hotel is centrally located within Glasgow, close to both the City Centre and the West End. Because of this we attract many visitors keen to explore Glasgow's wonderful Universities, or perhaps to attend a graduation.
University of Glasgow
The University of Glasgow was founded in 1451, and is the second oldest university in Scotland and the fourth oldest in Britain. The Main Building of the University is one of the city's most famous landmarks. The award winning Visitor Centre offers a range of interactive displays about the University past and present, as well as having a gift shop and cafeteria.
The University contains the G12 theatre, Hunterian Museum, Hunterian Art Gallery. Not only does the Hunterian Art Gallery house the world's largest collection of works by renowned Glaswegian architect and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh, but there is also a reconstruction of the inside of Charles Rennie Mackintosh's house using original furniture and fitments.
Glasgow School of Art
Glasgow School of Art is one of four independent art schools in Scotland, situated just off the main Sauchiehall Street. It was founded in 1845 but the current building was designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh and finished in 1909.
The Glasgow School of Art campus now consists of 10 separate buildings, but the 'Mackintosh Building' (known commonly as 'the Mac') remains partly open to the public and offering guided tours. The Glasgow School of Art boasts four public exhibition spaces featuring work from both established artists and students.
University of Strathclyde
The University of Strathclyde is located near George Square in the centre of Glasgow. It runs a number of cultural activities, including regular performances by the University of Strathclyde Music Club and contemporary and historic art exhibitions from the Collins Gallery.
Famous graduates of Strathclyde University include John Logie Baird - the inventor of the first working television system - and the explorer David Livingstone.
Glasgow Caledonian University
Glasgow Caledonian University is Glasgow's newest University, situated adjacent to Buchanan Street Bus Station just North of the city centre. Although it was formed in 1993 its roots can be traced back to the Glasgow and West End Schools of Cookery which were formed in 1875 and 1878. In 1999 a state-of-the-art sports facility called the Arc was opened for students, staff and the community.
Glasgow Caledonian University also contains the Heatherbank Museum of Social Work - the only Museum in Europe dedicated entirely to Social Work and welfare.