Print Unit

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

UPDATE (January 2021): The Print Unit counter is currently only open for collection of print jobs by students, and only by prior arrangement; please contact us for more information.

The Unit is staffed Monday to Friday for email and telephone enquiries:

  • 0900 - 1230
  • 1330 - 1700

Counter Service

Our counter service for customer collection (for both staff and students) is open Monday to Friday:

  • 1000 - 1230
  • 1330 - 1600

This is currently only by prior arrangement. 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:

  • wall and floor signage
  • sticky labels printed and cut to shape
  • comb, wire and velo soft bound workbooks, reports, teaching materials
  • volume black and white photocopying
  • volume colour copying
  • professional digital colour printing on a full range of paper and board (card) up to A3
  • Large format posters (please see the section below for more information)
  • file preparation conforming to University of Glasgow visual identity
  • University stationery including letterheads, compliment slips and business cards
  • saddle-stitched (stapled) booklets
  • numbered NCR forms and order books
  • personalised mailings, surveys
  • numbered tickets and invitations, menus creased for folding
  • private work

We are also able to arrange delivery of your order, either to the University campuses or to any other address.

Poster Printing

We can produce posters in-house using our wide format printer. We have two materials to choose from, with standard pricing below:

Size190gsm Satin Poster Paper210mic Banner Material (plastic, non-tear)
A2 £18.70 £22.00
A1 £22.00 £26.40
A0 £28.60 £33.00

Other sizes are available, please email us directly for more information and pricing. Our turnaround time for poster printing is up to one working day from when the file is submitted and we've confirmed your order, though we will always try and have things ready sooner if at all possible.

Exhibition Pull-up Banners

The Print Unit is able to produce pull-up roller banners in-house for exhibition and display use. These are a great way to publicise an event, or as an alternative to conventional signage.

We are also able to assist with design for your banner, from small tweaks to full design. This would fall under our design service and would be charged accordingly.

The prices start at £99 for a pull-up banner, supplied with a canvas carry-bag, from a print-ready file. Pricing is based on a correctly sized and formatted file being submitted (please note that there are additional charges for design, file work and making files conform to visual identity).

Specification: Size 800 x 2000mm, includes canvas carry-bag. Printed full colour on 210mic hydrosol vinyl. These can be collected or delivered within campus.

Reusing existing banner frames

As part of our sustainability initiative, our pull-up banner frames can also be ‘re-skinned’, which enables the banner mechanism to be reused. Prices start from £85. Prices are dependent on the level of design required.

Additional products are also available to fit more specific needs, please contact us by email for more information.

Business Cards

The Print Unit can produce business cards that conform to the University's visual identity guidelines, please find a note of pricing below:

50 £25.00 £30.00
100 £30.00 £35.00
150 £35.00 £40.00
200 £40.00 £45.00
250 £45.00 £53.00
300 £50.00 £67.00
350 £52.50 £69.00
400 £55.00 £71.00
450 £57.50 £73.00
500 £60.00 £75.00
1000 £80.00 £103.00
2000 £112.50 £141.00

To receive information on pricing for other quantities or to place an order, please contact us by email.

The Print Unit does not charge VAT to internal University customers.

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, please visit our online ordering portal. Here you can upload your file, receive a quotation, place your order and pay online. Once you place an order, you will receive an email to confirm and then another once your order is ready to collect from our counter; please note our counter opening times in the Opening Hours section above. For more information on how to use the portal, please visit our guide page.

Although we will always endeavour to have things ready as soon as possible, our standard guaranteed turnaround for student printing is up to one full working day from when we receive your file and you have placed your order.

Placing orders/estimates

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 portal. This is ideal for high volume printing, and is a cost-effective alternative to sending large print runs to University MFD printers. Please note that this option is only for members of University staff with a budget code; if you are a student and would like to submit printing online, please use our student printing portal.

Contact Us

Print Unit

James Watt Building (South)

University of Glasgow

Glasgow G12 8QQ



Web-to-print for student submission:

Web-to-print for staff submission:


Contact telephone: 0141 330 4261

Print Unit pricing statement

The University Print Unit regularly checks pricing from across the print sector to ensure our pricing is competitive and offers value. We use high quality materials in all of our products. Anything ordered by University staff or students is exempt from additional non-recoverable VAT, and there is also the added benefit of keeping money within the University rather than spending externally.

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