Jordanhill College, Glasgow, Scotland

Jordanhill College, Glasgow, Scotland

The Jordanhill Campus is an historic estate in Glasgow, Scotland, and was the Faculty of Education of the University of Strathclyde until 2012.

Visited December 2017 Jordanhill, Glasgow, Scotland, UK

The Jordanhill Campus is an historic estate within the boundaries of Jordanhill in Glasgow, Scotland. The buildings have stood empty since 2012, until which time it served as the Faculty of Education of the University of Strathclyde.

The David Stow building, Jordanhill Campus, Glasgow
The David Stow building, Jordanhill Campus, Glasgow

The buildings date back to 1837 when former merchant and educational pioneer David Stow opened the Dundas Vale Normal Seminary, Europe’s first purpose-built training institution for teachers. Some remnants of the old seminary still remain today – rooms with rows of sinks which were more recently used as storage, and wooden lockers can still be found.

In 1913 the Glasgow Corporation agreed a deal to buy the estate, and build both a teacher training college and the associated Jordanhill School on the site. A new building was planned to provide teacher training. With the new school completed in 1920 and the college in 1921, the now Grade B listed David Stow Building facilitated all teacher training provided under the unified University of Glasgow. Centrally funded and with no ties with churches, the college was largely non-residential and its range of work was wider.

A shortage of teachers throughout Britain in the late 1950s lead to large scale expansion at Jordanhill. Construction of a new purpose-built facility commenced in 1961, replacing a much older manor house on the site.

In 1993, the college was required to merge with a higher education facility. The University of Strathclyde approached the college, and an agreement between both institutions was reached. In 1993 Jordanhill College became the Faculty of Education of the University of Strathclyde.

With better use of facilities, and an ageing campus at Jordanhill which was highly protected by preservation orders, in 2010 the decision was made to close Jordanhill campus and move the Faculty all courses to its John Anderson Campus. 2011-12 was the last academic year held at the Jordanhill Campus before the move took place.


David Stow Building – Entrance Hall

Jordanhill College, Glasgow - View across the entrance hall
Jordanhill College, Glasgow – View across the entrance hall
Jordanhill College, Glasgow - Columns in the entrance hall
Jordanhill College, Glasgow – Columns in the entrance hall
Jordanhill College, Glasgow - Grand first floor reception
Jordanhill College, Glasgow – Grand first floor reception
Jordanhill College, Glasgow - Staircase and corridor in the entrance hall
Jordanhill College, Glasgow – Staircase and corridor in the entrance hall
Jordanhill College, Glasgow - Grand room with nice ceiling
Jordanhill College, Glasgow – Grand room with nice ceiling

Francis Tombs Hall

Jordanhill College, Glasgow - The Francis Tombs Hall
Jordanhill College, Glasgow – The Francis Tombs Hall
Jordanhill College, Glasgow - The Francis Tombs Hall Balcony
Jordanhill College, Glasgow – The Francis Tombs Hall Balcony
Jordanhill College, Glasgow - The Francis Tombs Hall Balcony
Jordanhill College, Glasgow – The Francis Tombs Hall Balcony
Jordanhill College, Glasgow - Organ in the hall
Jordanhill College, Glasgow – Organ in the hall
Jordanhill College, Glasgow - View from the stage
Jordanhill College, Glasgow – View from the stage
Jordanhill College, Glasgow - The hall viewed from the centre
Jordanhill College, Glasgow – The hall viewed from the centre

Staircases and Corridors

Jordanhill College, Glasgow - Top of the main staircase
Jordanhill College, Glasgow – Top of the main staircase
Jordanhill College, Glasgow - Area behind the main staircase
Jordanhill College, Glasgow – Area behind the main staircase
Jordanhill College, Glasgow - Corridor
Jordanhill College, Glasgow – Corridor
Jordanhill College, Glasgow - Corridor
Jordanhill College, Glasgow – Corridor
Jordanhill College, Glasgow - Rear staircase
Jordanhill College, Glasgow – Rear staircase
Jordanhill College, Glasgow - Rear staircase
Jordanhill College, Glasgow – Rear staircase

Teaching rooms and facilities

Jordanhill College, Glasgow - One of the many classrooms
Jordanhill College, Glasgow – One of the many classrooms
Jordanhill College, Glasgow - Some of the classrooms had some peely paint
Jordanhill College, Glasgow – Some of the classrooms had some peely paint
Jordanhill College, Glasgow - Science lab
Jordanhill College, Glasgow – Science lab
Jordanhill College, Glasgow - Tables in classroom
Jordanhill College, Glasgow – Tables in classroom
Jordanhill College, Glasgow - Science classroom
Jordanhill College, Glasgow – Science classroom
Jordanhill College, Glasgow - Lecture Theatre
Jordanhill College, Glasgow – Lecture Theatre
Jordanhill College, Glasgow - All the items from the classrooms
Jordanhill College, Glasgow – All the items from the classrooms

Other areas

Jordanhill College, Glasgow - Coffee shop
Jordanhill College, Glasgow – Coffee shop
Jordanhill College, Glasgow - Toby's Bar and Games Room
Jordanhill College, Glasgow – Toby’s Bar and Games Room
Jordanhill College, Glasgow - Toby's Bar and Games Room
Jordanhill College, Glasgow – Toby’s Bar and Games Room
Jordanhill College, Glasgow - Conference room
Jordanhill College, Glasgow – Conference room

Hidden Relics

There were a few areas around the building that hadn’t been refurbished and contained relics from older uses.

Jordanhill College, Glasgow - Rows of sinks from seminary dorms
Jordanhill College, Glasgow – Rows of sinks from seminary dorms
Jordanhill College, Glasgow - Sinks
Jordanhill College, Glasgow – Sinks
Jordanhill College, Glasgow - Books and diaries from the 1960s
Jordanhill College, Glasgow – Books and diaries from the 1960s
Jordanhill College, Glasgow - Old wooden lockers
Jordanhill College, Glasgow – Old wooden lockers
Jordanhill College, Glasgow - Front elevation of the grand David Stow building
Jordanhill College, Glasgow – Front elevation of the grand David Stow building

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