New Caledonian Applied Knowledge Exchange YouTube channel

You can check out the Applied Knowledge Exchange’s new YouTube channel which features videos from Glasgow Caledonian University’s recent events and conferences, including the ATA 2011 Telemedicine and Telehealth Meeting, our food and drink expertise, and our Social Enterprise activity.

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Howden grows through acquisition

Howden has agreed to acquire Thomassen Compression Systems BV to open up a much wider market for the company in the oil & gas and petrochemical industries. Howden said this acquisition represents a real boost for the Renfrew-headquartered multinational as it builds its compressor businesses worldwide and moves into new markets.

Bob Cleland, Chief Executive of Howden said “I am absolutely delighted with this acquisition which adds a major range of complementary products to our compressor portfolio. It increases our activities in the refining and petrochemical sectors, which have been underweight compared to our core market of power generation. It is part of our strategy to widen our range of products used in performance critical applications in key global infrastructure industries. This acquisition reinforces Howden’s position as a significant part of Scottish engineering, a sector which continues to play a leading role in the country’s economy”.

Howden and Glasgow Caledonian University have worked in partnership to develop Howden Academy, which was launched in July 2008. The Academy combines Howden’s specialist engineering skills and experience with the teaching expertise and worldclass learning facilities of Glasgow Caledonian University. Howden Academy helps the company to attract and retain the very best engineers. It provides new personnel with the fastest possible route to full productivity and allows them to quickly start making a genuine contribution to the company’s activities.

For more information on business training academies, please contact the Applied Knowledge Exchange on 0141 331 3189 or email

Funding for Social Enterprises in Healthcare Announced

£10 million additional funding is being given to the Social Enterprise Investment Fund in order to allow social enterprises to provide health services.

The announcement was made by Health Secretary Andrew Lansley at this year’s Social Enterprise Coalition conference Voice 11.

Lansley said social enterprises deliver a ‘can do’ attitude, which would be a welcome addition to NHS services by offering choice and best quality healthcare.

Lansley said allowing ‘any qualified provider’ to offer health services would end the bureaucratic tendering processes for healthcare.

voice11Glasgow Caledonian University’s Applied Knowledge Exchange was at Voice 11 to hear the announcments and to highlight GCU’s new MSc in Social Enterprise.

The MSc programme is run in partnership with the Social Enterprise Academy and has been developed from the PgC programme – the only postgraduate degree in Scotland designed specifically for the social enterprise sector.

For more information, check out or call the Applied Knowledge Exchange on 0141 331 3189.

Food for Thought a tasty treat for GCU

Over 60 companies and other organisations attended Glasgow Caledonian University’s first ‘Food for Thought’ event this event small

Our keynote speakers, Marks and Spencer’s Head of Sustainable Business Mike Barry, and Scotland Food & Drink Chief Executive Paul McLaughlin, gave a great introduction to the day. Delegates spent an afternoon networking with GCU experts in food sciences, sustainability, tourism, design and consumer behaviour and marketing.




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Looking forward to planning our next event!!

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 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 or call the Applied Knowledge Exchange on 0141 331 3189.

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

CLYDEUNION Pumps growing business

The Herald reports Clyde Union’s historic former Weir Pumps business, which was rescued by Scottish engineering entrepreneur Jim McColl, will this year raise its headcount to more than 1000 – almost double the number employed at the site when Weir sold the operation.

CLYDEUNION Pumps is one of the world’s leading pump companies – a centre of excellence in Pump Technology, Hydraulic Design and Engineering.

In 2009, CLYDEUNION Pumps launched the CLYDEUNION Academy, an educational, learning and training centre to support the company’s extensive growth plans and offer employees fully accredited qualifications in-house at the Cathcart site, in partnership with Glasgow Caledonian University.

Executive Chairman Jim McColl and Professor Pamela Gillies, Principal and Vice Chancellor of Glasgow Caledonian University signed a Memorandum of Understanding for CLYDEUNION Academy to offer a bespoke CLYDEUNION MSc in Leadership and Management. This programme is delivered in-house by University lecturers and associate lecturers who are being developed from within CLYDEUNION Pumps.

For more information on Bespoke Business Academies, call The Applied Knowledge Exchange on 0141 331 3189.

GCU attends KTP Scotland Awards

GCU colleagues from CBS, the School of Engineering and Computing and the Department of Research, Innovation and Enterprise attended the KTP Scotland Awards at the Doubletree Dunblane Hydro last week.

KTP Scotland Awards

KTP Scotland Awards

The University was nominated for two Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) Scotland Awards. Professor Bruce Wood’s work with Rawlplug Ltd, one of the leading manufacturers of specialist anchoring and fixing systems used in construction, industry and retail markets, was formally rated as outstanding by independent assessors as part of the KTP programme.

In CBS, the first KTP in Scotland on human resource management, led by Dr Gill Maxwell and Morag McLean of the Department of Management, was also nominated for a KTP Scotland Award. The KTP with Integrated Environmental Solutions Ltd (IES) was formally rated as very good.

For more information on either project or working with GCU on a KTP project, please contact Knowledge Transfer Manager Janette McAlpine on or call the Applied Knowledge Exchange on 0141 331 3189.

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

Game Jam at GCU!

GCU was the biggest base in Europe for the world’s largest computer game developing marathon Game Jam. The 48-hour global event took place in more than 170 locations in 44 different countries at the weekend.

Dr Jon Sykes, senior lecturer in Computing and Creative Technologies at GCU, said: “I’m thrilled this year we are the biggest Game Jam venue in Europe.”

 Check out some of GCU’s Design, Engineering and Computing expertise!