GCU’s energy efficient house now on display

A partnership between GCU, Applegreen Homes and Spacesix Architects has created the affordable, energy efficient house of the future.

The new house will feature a solar-energy package that will help to reduce electricity and heating bills, aiming to eradicate fuel poverty. Prices start at only £49,999 for a three-bedroom home. The unique Applegreen Homes concept was designed by Glasgow firm Spacesix Architects with assistance from GCU, who researched and developed all aspects of the build, ensuring it is highly energy efficient yet affordable.

The showhouse is now on display in the prestigious BRE Innovation Park, based at the former Ravenscraig steelworks site in Motherwell.

For more information, contact Audrey Meikle, School of the Built and Natural Environment, on 0141 331 8458

Innovation in food and drink supported by £6m investment

The Technology Strategy Board, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Medical Research Council (MRC) are to invest up to £6.25m to stimulate innovation in the food and drink sector.food at GCU

Applications to the Nutrition for Life funding competition should propose to conceive and develop innovative and challenging technologies and processes that seek to underpin advances in two key areas – novel, healthier foods & processes and safety, authenticity & traceability.

The initiative is open to all UK-based companies and research organisations, through business-to-business or business-to-science collaborations, or in the case of feasibility projects led by a single business.

Glasgow Caledonian University is working with food and drink companies in the areas of food science, nutrition, sustainability, tourism, consumer behaviour and branding. For more information, go to www.gcu.ac.uk/business/problemsolving/foodforthought or call the Applied Knowledge Exchange on 0141 331 3189.

Vision Sciences experts research ‘web stress’

IT management software company CA and Foviance, a customer experience consultancy, worked with Glasgow Caledonian University on the first ever neurological study of consumer reactions to a poor online experience.

The research proves that many consumers experience ‘web stress’ when trying to make an online purchase. The stress levels of volunteers who took part in the study rose significantly when they were confronted with a poor online shopping experience.

The project was carried out by Anita Simmers and Uma Shahani in Glasgow Caledonian University’s Department of Vision Sciences.

More information at http://www.foviance.com/what-we-think/its-official-web-stress-is-bad-for-business-2/#more-8570

Tourism funding available to businesses

VisitScotland has launched a new growth fund to help tourism businesses attract more visitors. Up to £1 million of funding is being made available over the next three years. The fund will support up to half of marketing costs between £5,000 and £65,000 for destination organisations and industry groups. More on Business7

Glasgow Caledonian University has tourism expertise within its Moffat Centre, which specialises in marketing, visitor attractions, restaurant menu analysis and advice, and tourism consultancy and research.

For more information about the Moffat Centre, call the Applied Knowledge Exchange on 0141 331 3189 or visit www.gcu.ac.uk/business

Research Strategy for food security launched

The UK’s major public funders of national and international food-related research have published their co-ordinated plan for research to help the world avoid a potential food security crisis.

Providing the world’s growing population with a sustainable and secure supply of safe, nutritious and affordable high quality food from less land and with lower inputs presents a considerable challenge. In order to meet this effectively, Research Councils, Government Departments and other public bodies are co-ordinating their research activities related to food and agriculture through the Global Food Security programme.


Street League backed by Number 10

The Government is supporting Street League as part of its plans to help build a stronger culture of giving time and money to support charities and voluntary organisations.

Staff within the Prime Minister’s Office voted for the charities and social enterprises they would like to support in 2011. They selected Street League, an organisation that delivers sports and educational programmes to tackle issues including homelessness, substance addiction, crime and unemployment.

The charity is currently working with Glasgow Caledonian University on a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP).

The work is being led by the School of Engineering and Computing and aims to design, develop and implement a range of internal and external communication applications for diverse audiences by integrating user centred design with new technologies.

For more on KTPs or working with Glasgow Caledonian University to unlock the potential of your business, contact the Applied Knowledge Exchange on 0141 331 3189 or visit www.gcu.ac.uk/business/businessfunding

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.

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.