Children's University graduation

Public EngagementChildren's University

We support the young people of Glasgow to make the most of their abilities and interests by providing them with fantastic opportunities to foster a lifelong love of learning.

Established in June 2013, Glasgow Children's University was the first local Children's University centre to be established in Scotland under the umbrella of Children's University Trust Scotland. It is managed by the University of Strathclyde and works in partnership with Glasgow City Council, member schools and other organisations. Currently membership is open to schools in the Glasgow City area only.

What's the Children's University?

Children's University recognises achievement and celebrates learning that takes place outwith normal school hours: before and after school and at lunchtimes, weekends and during school holidays. Children aged 5 to 14 gain credits for taking part in activities such as after-school clubs, drama groups, sports teams or learning experiences at museums, parks and community centres. Learning need not be purely academic; often it is about building practical skills.

Participation is voluntary, enabling children to explore different learning environments, to become independent and confident learners. Our aim is to raise aspirations, boost achievement and encourage a love of learning. Above all it should be fun!

What learning is offered?

Learning can take place anywhere and everywhere! We encourage children to explore new places and organisations that offer fun learning activities and experiences with a 'wow' factor outside school lesson time and beyond the curriculum. Children’s University isn’t about telling children what to do or how to learn, it’s about giving them the tools to carve their own learning path around their passions, interests and goals.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum was one of the first city venues to be validated as a Children's University public learning destination. Glasgow's rich cultural heritage, its libraries, sports and leisure facilities and country parks provide a wealth of innovative, interactive and fun learning opportunities that can be accessed by children and families after school, at weekends and during school holidays.

As well as finding fantastic learning venues in the community, there are also lots of wellbeing-boosting home learning opportunities to spark the imagination. There’s something to suit every child’s unique learner journey.

Photos from Children's University

  • Child getting her Children's University degree
  • Caps in the air after graduation
  • Children undertaking a class
  • Child getting her degree
  • Caps in the air after graduation
  • children looking at a task