The Print Unit provides printing services to all University departments, its wider partners, staff, students and external customers.
We endeavour to provide a cost effective professional service offering guidance and assistance to our customers regarding all their print requirements from initial enquiry to completion.
Opening Hours & Location
The Unit is staffed Monday to Friday for email and telephone enquiries:
- 0900 - 1230
- 1330 - 1700
Our counter service for drop-in customers (including student printing) is open Monday to Friday:
- 1000 - 1230
- 1330 - 1600
Please note that the Print Unit will be closed on all of the University's official public holidays.
The Print Unit is located in the James Watt South Building.
Enter at the main entrance, turn right and walk to the stairwell at the end of the corridor. Go down the stairs to Level 2 (basement). Our reception is just through the double doors. The Print Unit is wheelchair accessible via the James Watt South Building's elevator.
Our services include:
- volume black and white photocopying
- volume colour copying
- professional digital colour printing on a full range of paper and board (card) up to A3
- file preparation conforming to University of Glasgow visual identity
- drop-in fast turnaround copying and binding
- University stationery including letterheads, compliment slips and business cards
- private work
We have a range of finishing equipment that can produce materials such as:
- comb, wire and velo soft bound workbooks, reports, teaching materials
- perfect bound books (paperback style) and saddle-stitched (stapled) booklets
- numbered NCR forms and order books
- personalised mailings, surveys
- numbered tickets and invitations, menus creased for folding
We are able to produce pull-up roller banners for exhibition and display use. These are a great way to publicise an event, or as an alternative to conventional signage. There are two main options available:
- Grasshopper stand - can be used once, perfect for permanent banners
- Barracuda stand - the banner's artwork can be changed up to six times after assembly, so is suitable for re-use for multiple events and updated information (please note that changing the artwork incurs a charge)
Additional items are also available to fit more specific needs, please contact us for more information.
We are also able to assist with design for your banner, from small tweaks to major setup. This would fall under our design service, and would be charged accordingly.
Printing for Students
We print a wide range of materials for students including dissertations, theses, reports, course notes, posters and more.
If you are a student who would like to print something with us, you can either email your file to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our counter with your file on a USB device. Please note our counter opening times in the Opening Hours section above, and be advised that we only accept PDFs for printing. You cannot convert your files at the Print Unit, however the James Watt South Building does have a computer lab which is available for use by students.
Although we will always endeavour to have things ready as soon as possible, our standard guaranteed turnaround for student printing (sized A4 and A3) is one full working day from when we receive your file and have provided a quotation. Posters larger than A3 will carry a turnaround of three working days.
All our quotations for student printing are worked out on an individual basis. This is because each job will have a unique specification (such as a specific page count or amount of colour printing), so we would need to know this before supplying a price. Here are some sample prices:
A 50-page report with no colour pages, printed double-sided and comb bound with clear plastic front and back covers - £4.30 per copy
A 100-page dissertation with 50 colour pages and 50 mono pages, printed single-sided and wire bound with clear plastic front and back covers - £18.50 per copy
A 250-page thesis with 50 pages colour and 150 pages mono, printed single-sided and velo bound with clear plastic front and back covers - £25.60 per copy
If requesting an estimate for print work, please email your request to us. Include your contact details. Give as much information as possible about the prospective print job. This information may include – quantity, binding/finishing method, how many printed pages, double-sided/single-sided, cover on card, whether full colour, black & white or mixed print, whether a press ready file will be supplied or work needed to prepare the file for print, deadline for delivery.
Finally, attach a sample file to let us to see the job. All of this information will allow us to supply a more accurate quotation and allow us to assess all stages of the work to ensure that we can comfortably meet the delivery time.
Submitting work electronically
If you are a member of staff with a University budget code, please complete and send the Print Unit Order Form (right-click and Save Link As) along with your file, which should be saved as a print-ready Acrobat PDF. You can send us your completed form via internal mail, or by email.
You can also submit print jobs online using our web-to-print service, located here. This is ideal for high volume printing, and is a cost-effective alternative to sending large print runs to University MFD printers.
To place print orders, request an estimate or if you have any queries -
Contact telephone: 0141 330 4261