GCU debates future of Social Innovation

Increasingly the European Commission is focusing its resources on exploring new avenues through which research and knowledge transfer can respond directly to the needs of society. The term that it has coined for this new conceptual framework is SOCIAL INNOVATION.

GCU’s head of European Programmes, Mark Anderson, brought together colleagues in an open forum session to discuss Social Innovation. “Social Innovation is becoming a watchword for the European Commission,” says Anderson. 

GCU already has many strengths in Social Innovation, including innovative research in Social Business and Health from the Yunus Centre, research in agriculture, socio-economic development and vulneral populations. GCU is also running Scotland’s only MSc programme in Social Enterprise.

Find out more about our work in Social Innovation.

Horizon 2020 – the future EU funding programme for research and innovation

EU Research, Innovation and Science Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn has announced that “Horizon 2020″ is the winner of a vote to name the future EU-funding programme for research and innovation.

It is the name for the new, integrated funding system that will cover all research and innovation funding currently provided through the Framework Programme for Research and Technical Development, the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP) and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). These different types of funding will be brought together in a coherent and flexible manner.

It will enter into force in January 2014, after the end of FP7 on 31 Dec 2013.

GCU and Applegreen working to combat ‘extremely challenging’ fuel poverty issues

applegreenGCU and AppleGreen Homes are working on a project which they hope will combat fuel poverty – low cost environmentally effective housing.

Eradicating fuel poverty by 2016 will be “extremely challenging” following energy price increases, the Scottish government has said.

The admission came from Infrastructure Secretary Alex Neil after three of the six biggest energy suppliers confirmed rises in electricity and gas prices. Scottish and Southern Energy, ScottishPower and British Gas have all announced big rises in recent weeks.

More from the BBC news site.

New videos on the Caledonian AKE YouTube Channel

Take a look at our new videos on the Caledonian Applied Knowledge Exchange YouTube Channel.

From biomechanics research in our school of health, to a presentation from Marks & Spencer on its Plan A sustainability programme, to Social Enterprise at GCU, you can find a variety of content to browse.

Click here to visit our YouTube Channel.

Sustainable Food & Drink webinar on how supermarkets are tackling climate change

Sustainable Food & Drink, a free and innovative programme that helps Scottish food and drink companies increase their competitiveness through better environmental performance, ran a webinar analysing how supermarkets were tackling climate change.

The Sustainable Food & Drink team, based at Glasgow Caledonian University’s Caledonian Environment Centre, focused on the supermarkets’ key green areas: operational improvement; supply chain initiatives; and helping their clients to lower carbon footprints.

Paulo Cruz and the rest of the team looked at the supermarkets’ recycling and energy targets, using case studies and data.

For the full presentation, click here

Scottish Academy of Fashion launches research projects

scottishfashionThe Scottish Academy of Fashion, a joint venture between GCU, Heriot-Watt, Edinburgh College of Art and Robert Gordon University, has announced new research projects aimed at supporting Scotland’s textile industry.

The Academy, an ambitious project developing Scotland as a global centre of excellence in fashion-related learning and commercially relevant research, has backing from Creative Scotland, Textiles Scotland and the Scottish Funding Council.

Linda Shearer from GCU’s Caledonian Business School is working on projects with the Academy. Linda has a background in Fashion Design, predominantly for high street markets, involving design, pattern cutting, fabric sourcing, range building, garment development to production. She has recently organised consultancy projects with SMEs in design and development of fashion and textile- related products including the design, development & production of a baby seat concept to improve infant development, development and production of patented textile component for cycling/commuter luggage, CAD garment simulation for a transactional website for a textile design business, garment pattern development and grading for a small fashion design retail enterprise, creation of CAD fashion illustrations for promotion of a new fashion range in a retail outlet, and the creation of garment production patterns, consumer testing & reporting on production samples for an online retail organic lingerie enterprise.

Linda’s research projects include the interrelationship of dress, identity and the workplace, the positioning of vintage fashion retailers, vintage consumers – mainstream and subculture, the role of designers in fashion retailing, and the consumer perception of retail environments.

For more information about the Academy go to http://scottishacademyoffashion.com/

Exchange (Summer 2011)- Applied Knowledge Exchange Business Magazine Now Out

Exchange business publication summer 2011-1

The Summer 2011 edition of GCU’s Exchange magazine, representing all the latest business news from the Applied Knowledge Exchange, is now out.

This edition features GCU’s partnership with FMC Technologies, GCU’s food and drink activities – including an event with Marks & Spencer and the new Scottish Food Innovation Network – as well as our work with the Third Sector. 

For your print copy, email appliedknowledgeexchange@gcu.ac.uk with your name and address or view it online at www.gcu.ac.uk/business