Small grants for international development

Minister for External Affairs, Humza Yousaf has launched a Small Grants Scheme for international development.

At the AGM of the Network of International Development Organisation of Scotland (NIDOS) in Glasgow, Mr Yousaf announced that the Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland will run the Scottish Government’s new funding programme – designed to help international development organisations in Scotland build capacity to bid for funding under the main International Development Fund, encourage innovation and create a wider pool of expertise and experience in developing countries.

The Scottish Government will facilitate the formation of a Post-2015 working group of Scottish international development Non Government Organisations and academics, on which NIDOS will be represented. The group’s remit will be to consider and inform the Scottish Government’s input into the framework that emerges from the UN’s plans.

More from the Scottish Government

Health Secretary Alex Neil and deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon make key announcements at GCU

Two Scottish government ministers announced boosts to Scottish jobs during two separate events hosted by Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) on Tuesday (May 14).

Government ministers make key announcements on GCU campusHealth Secretary Alex Neil revealed that 150 Ambulance Technicians are to start work across Scotland following a £6.8 million investment while deputy First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, unveiled plans for a £1.9 million funding package which will be used to develop new business facilities on Skye while supporting up to 80 new jobs.

GCU boosts Scottish economy by £444m per year

AN analysis of the economic impact of Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) found that it boosts the Scottish economy by £444 million each year.

 Independent research by economic consultancy Biggar Economics also estimated the university supports 10,000 jobs and generates £7.20 for every £1 it receives through the Scottish Funding Council.
Full article on The Herald

New edition of Exchange magazine

Our new edition of Exchange, Winter 2012, is now out! Take a look at our recent news, including our £1.2m deal with engineering firm Doble, Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) and our Social Innovation events on campus at GCU in Glasgow and London.

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GCU unveils new technology developed through Shearwater KTP

GCU’s Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with Shearwater Marine Services has been receiving a bit of attention after we went to the ITF Technology Showcase in Aberdeen.

Take a look at some of the coverage:


GCU food sciences lab analyses nutritional pizzas

GCU’s unique UKAS accredited food sciences labs analysed the first nutritionally balanced pizzas, developed by Scottish company Eat Balanced.

The work was funded by a Scottish Funding Council Innovation Voucher award. GCU regularly works with companies to offer food testing, shelf life analysis and nutritional analysis.

The pizzas are said to contain 30% of an adult’s guideline daily amount of vitamins and minerals.

Eat Balanced also worked with Glasgow University’s nutrition experts to develop the pizzas.

New edition of GCU Exchange magazine for business

GCU’s new Summer 2012 edition of Exchange magazine is hot off the press!

The magazine features upcoming events on GCU campus and the latest education, research and consultancy work with our partners – Transnet Freight Rail, the Scottish Centre for Telehealth and Telecare and FMC Technologies.

The Applied Knowledge Exchange has information on business funding, KTPs, research and consultancy services.

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Social media tools to keep customers engaged

We attended an interesting Perceptive Communicators’ evening this week, with the topic of how organisations use social media.

This session featured an overview from Clare Meikle, Communications Manager at First ScotRail, and Ruth MacLeod, Communications Manager at Lothian & Borders Fire & Rescue. 

Interesting to hear about the challenges of keeping customers updated on train problems and fires in Edinburgh through the medium of Twitter! The advice of the night was to keep Tweets chatty to help engage your customers – say it aloud before you post.

Rob Woodward outlines the ‘three Cs’ for STV

STV chief executive Rob Woodward was the guest speaker inspiring Glasgow’s businesses at Dunning’s Communications Breakfast this morning.

Rob outlined his ‘three Cs’ for STV – Connectivity, Community and Creativity.

He described the opportunity for broadcasters to engage with consumers on multiple platforms – mobile, web and TV – by creating more local content and using data to provide targeted advertising. STV will soon launch, a local portal including news, restaurant listings and reviews. 

He outlined his list of key leadership attributes, which included a clear vision, ambitious goals, ‘relentless’ communication, humility and confidence. 

He said he was working with Scottish universities, including Glasgow Caledonian University, for a ‘closer relationship’ with potential future employees – ensuring that our students are harnessing the right digital media skills for the future development of STV.