Scotland’s tourism industry to have boom year

There are growing signs that Scotland’s tourism industry could be helping the nation withstand the full brunt of the global downturn.

Mounting evidence of a boom year for tourism businesses in the face of the recession and fears over public spending cuts have triggered a campaign to boost the industry – and shield it from budget cuts.

Read the full story in The Scotsman. Here at Glasgow Caledonian University, our Moffat Centre for travel and tourism business development is home to experts working with industry and public sector organisations to advise and develop their tourism businesses.moffat

For more information about our Moffat Centre’s work, click to see our case studies here.

Technology Strategy Board takes forward Technology and Innovation Centres

The Government is investing £200m in a network of elite Technology and Innovation Centres overseen by the Technology Strategy Board.

These centres – likely to focus on key areas such as renewable energy – will complement and link with other work which the Technology Strategy Board already manages to promote collaboration between universities and business, driving innovation and the commercialisation of new technology and ideas. Examples include the Knowledge Transfer Networks, national networks where business and researchers can share ideas and opportunities, and Knowledge Transfer Partnerships which place graduates in business to work on innovative projects.

Each centre will focus on a specific technology where there is a potentially large global market and a significant UK capability. The centres will allow businesses to access equipment and expertise that would otherwise be out of reach as well as conducting their own in-house R&D.  They will also help businesses access new funding streams and point them towards the potential of emerging technologies.

Working with industry and government, the Technology Strategy Board will develop a strategy and implementation plan for the elite network of centres by April 2011.

KTPs of key benefit for business innovation

Joe Docherty of Glasgow Caledonian University explains on the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce site how your organisation can benefit from KTPs.

KTPs are a UK-wide programme funded by the Technology Strategy Board along with the Scottish Government.  KTPs aim to help businesses improve competitiveness, productivity, and performance.  This is done by forming a partnership with a university, college, or other provider of knowledge and expertise.  The KTP then allows you to access the skills and expertise of the university or other partner institution in ways that will benefit your business.  

Find out more about KTPs from the Applied Knowledge Exchange at GCU.

Mark Anderson discusses EU knowledge transfer at Triple Helix VIII

Mark Anderson, head of European Programmes, represented Glasgow Caledonian University at the Triple Helix VIII International Conference on University, Industry and Government Linkages in Madrid, Spain.

Mr Anderson presented two workshops: the first gave an overview on knowledge transfer offices need to streamline and focus their activities not only formally but also structurally in order to create synergies for efficient and effective innovation at a national and international level in line with the Lisbon Strategy and 2020 Vision. The second workshop focused particularly on the GCU-led project KickStart which is developing and establishing Innovation Centres in Latin America.

As part of his presentation, Mr Anderson reminded participants that “We must learn to contextualise our activities and look beyond a narrow approach to innovation that focuses solely on patent activity, spin-off creation and pure commercialisation. University knowledge transfer has a great deal more to offer”.

Triple Helix is a field of international research that centres around the triangular relationship between University, Business and Government to aid prosperity. The main theme of this year’s conference was Triple Helix in the Development of Cities of Knowledge, Expanding Communities and Connecting Regions. This year’s conference was organised by the International Institute of Triple Helix – IITH and hosted by La Salle Innovation Park.

GCU nominated for two KTP Scotland Awards

GLASGOW Caledonian University has been nominated for two Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) Scotland Awards.

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships is a UK-wide programme enabling businesses to improve their competitiveness, productivity and performance. Glasgow Caledonian University’s work with Rawlplug Ltd, one of the leading manufacturers of specialist anchoring and fixing systems used in construction, industry and retail markets, has been formally rated as outstanding by independent assessors as part of the KTP programme.

Lead academic on the project was Dr Bruce Wood of the School of Engineering and Computing, who oversaw a KTP project working with Mary Maclachlan involving finite element analysis and optimisation in fixture design. This KTP project was the third with Rawlplug, which previously worked with Glasgow Caledonian University to establish a new system for product design and development and implement a new CAD system.

In Caledonian Business School, the first KTP in Scotland on human resource management, led by Dr Gill Maxwell and Morag McLean of the Department of Management, has also been nominated for a KTP Scotland Award. The KTP with Integrated Environmental Solutions Ltd (IES) was formally rated as very good, the second highest category of rating, and was completed early this year. With GCU’s expert advice on HRM, IES now has an HR specialist in its Glasgow head office and a firm basis for developing HR strategy and practices to actively support rapid and on-going international expansion.

The KTP Scotland Awards takes place in February at the Doubletree Dunblane Hydro in Perthshire. For more information on either project or working with Glasgow Caledonian University on a KTP project, please contact Knowledge Transfer Manager Janette McAlpine on 0141 331 8877.

Dr Jafry heads to Agrex’10

tahseenDr Tahseen Jafry, a lecturer in Glasgow Caledonian University’s School of the Built and Natural Environment, is presenting a paper on rural women in agriculture at the International Conference On Agricultural Extension 2010.

The AGREX’10 conference takes place in Malaysia and focuses on the “Empowerment of agri-food stakeholders in facing global challenges towards sustainability”. 

Dr Jafry’s paper is on “Reaching rural women: Understanding what is gender sensitive in agricultural extension” and is part of a session on Agro Community, Poverty Alleviation and Rural Development.

The conference provides a platform for learning and discussion on agricultural extension among local and foreign experts on agriculture extension and practitioners, and facilitates co-operation among key agri-food stakeholders in the area of agricultural extension and development.

Diabetes levels rising warns Diabetes UK

The number of people diagnosed with diabetes in the UK has increased by more than 150,000 to 2.8 million in the past year, warns Diabetes UK today.Oman

The data, collected from GP practices, also show the nationwide figure of people registered as obese to have risen to over five and half million, an increase of more than 265,000. This now means one in 20 of the population is being treated for diabetes and one in ten for obesity.

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) has been granted £20,000 from the Scottish Government’s South Asia Development Fund to deliver a programme in the management of diabetic foot disease in India that could prevent diabetes related limb amputations. Our Podiatry experts are training phsyicians in India next month.

We also have Masters level programmes in Diabetes Care and Management.

Give the Applied Knowledge Exchange a ring on 0141 331 3189 to talk about our diabetes expertise.

HR Management events at Glasgow Caledonian University

Under the over-arching theme of ‘Maximising the Contribution of HR in Difficult Times’, several free CPD events are planned for the coming months. Presented by HRM academics in the Department of Management in Caledonian Business School, the CPD events and are designed to offer practitioners key insights into contemporary HR practices and how they can be utilised in a turbulent operating  environment. 

The next event is “Growing your own: has the time ever been better for internal coaching?” on 25th November.

Coaching is increasingly recognised as an essential and critically important role that most managers need to develop and perform as an integral part of their everyday management practice (Hunt and Weintraub, 2002). This session aims to inform delegates about the contribution a coaching culture and practices can make to their organisation in terms of developing both the coach and the coachee. Analysis of this will go beyond basic employee development to consider the contribution of coaching to managing performance to meet organisational goals and strategies. The session will combine literary input with practical analysis, inviting delegates to participate via discussions and facilitated short exercises around organisational climate and culture for introducing and enhancing coaching.

Booking: To book a place on any of these sessions, please email HRMGroup-CPD@gcu.ac.uk
Upcoming Events:
  • “Leadership and Change: facing the future with confidence” Date: 23rd February 2011
  • “Maximising the potential of your people: the case for Talent Management” Date: 30th March 2011 

Ailsa McKay comments on the impact of cutbacks on women

Ailsa McKay, Professor of Economics at Glasgow Caledonian University’s Caledonian Business School, writes in The Scotsman that cutbacks will hit women the hardest.

Headlines relating to the impact on jobs of the global financial crisis and the resulting economic downturn have talked of a “mancession”, a phrase coined by US economists describing trends in unemployment in the early stages of the current recession. The conclusion drawn from the initial statistics was that the slump appeared to be hurting men more than women.

Read the article here

Lat56 launches patented travel luggage after GCU support

LAT56° is launching its technical business travel luggage exclusively at Selfridges in London Oxford Street, Birmingham and Manchester Trafford as well as on its website. The Glasgow-based company is also aiming to launch in the US.lat 56

Glasgow Caledonian University played a crucial role in the patented design. LAT56° did not have the expertise it needed in-house, nor could it manufacture samples. It used the university’s Business Transformation Fund to access expertise and facilities in a ten-day consultancy package.

“We are trained industrial designers, we didn’t have any experience in the world of textile design so we needed to bring in expertise to the table and we found out about the Business Transformation Fund,” said Kevin Fox, LAT56° Co-Founder and Design Director.

LAT56° business travel luggage incorporates a garment chamber that provides full torso protection.

Read our case study about the project, and more about what the Applied Knowledge Exchange can do for businesses.

Read more on Business7 about the company’s plans.