SDI highlights GCU’s link with India

Scottish Development International has detailed the new education links between GCU and India which were announced by First Minister Alex Salmond.

“Scotland is renowned for its world class education system and I warmly welcome these new commitments to share knowledge, expertise and skills with India,” said the First Minister.

“We have global strengths in key industries such as life sciences, energy, financial and business services, the digital gaming industry and information technology and we are keen to learn from the dynamic growth and specialism in Indian Universities.”

One of the partnerships between Glasgow Caledonian University and Indian institutions aims to prevent unnecessary suffering through diabetes-related limb amputations. Find out more…

The move follows a MoU that was brokered by SDI one year ago today between the Association of Indian Universities and Universities Scotland, as part of Scotland’s approach to work alongside the new global super power.

Growth in Food and Drink sector in Scotland

The BBC reports that the food and drink sector was playing a key role in Scotland’s economic recovery. Sales in Scotland’s food and drink sector soared by £1bn in 2008, according to latest official figures.

Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead revealed sales grew from £10.2bn to £11.2bn between 2007 and 2008.
Turnover increased by a similar amount, edging the sector closer to the £12.5bn target set for 2017.

“We have producers, suppliers, fishermen, farmers and manufacturers to be extremely proud of. Consumers, at home and abroad, have also played a vital role by recognising Scotland’s quality food and drink sector.”

Paul McLaughlin, chief executive of Scotland Food and Drink, said: “The latest industry figures are very encouraging and evidence the significant progress Scotland Food and Drink is making towards delivering our mission to grow the sector to a £12.5bn industry.”

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The Applied Knowledge Exchange helps businesses to work with Glasgow Caledonian University’s experts in the food and drink sector. GCU has the UK’s only UKAS accredited food sciences laboratory and also works with SMEs in the food and drink sector on initiatives such as the Sustainable Food and Drink programme.

Give us a ring for more information on 0141 331 3189.

GCU’s Hamish Dingwall features in Business7

Hamish Dingwall, Director of Research, Innovation and Enterprise at Glasgow Caledonian University, features in this week’s Business 7 magazine.hamish dingwall GCU

His views on the value of Social Enterprises to the business sector are examined in the article.

Find out more information about the Applied Knowledge Exchange works with Social Enterprises.

GCU at Sustainable Scotland conference

Glasgow Caledonian University’s Applied Knowledge Exchange will be showcasing its expertise in environmental issues at the Sustainable Scotland Network Conference 2010. The SSN conference will take place on 4th November at Dynamic Earth and will include speakers such as John Swinney MSP and Lady Susan Rice of Lloyds Banking Group Scotland.

The Applied Knowledge Exchange will exhibit with colleagues from the Caledonian Environment Centre, CIC Start Online and Sustainable Food & Drink.

The Committee on Climate Change – the Governments’ official advisors – have called for a “step change in pace” if we are to meet the UK carbon emissions reduction targets; a message that was reinforced in the Committee’s advice to Scottish Ministers in February 2010. The Climate Change (Scotland) Act, as well as committing the country to delivering a 42% reduction in emissions by 2020, also places duties on public bodies relating to climate change that come into force on 1 January 2011.

Supported by the Scottish Government, COSLA, SOLACE-Scotland and SEPA, the SSN Conference is the sustainable development and climate change conference for local government officials and elected members, and all those who engage with local authorities in the process of making Scotland more sustainable.

For more information about our sustainability programmes in Scotland, please contact the Applied Knowledge Exchange on 0141 331 3189 or

GCU launches diabetic foot disease programme in India

AlexSalmond2-177x177Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) has been granted £20,000 from the Scottish Government’s South Asia Development Award to deliver a programme in the management of diabetic foot disease in India that could prevent diabetes related limb amputations.

GCU’s Strategic Business Development team – the Applied Knowledge Exchange  – facilitated a bid with experts from the School of Health to access grant funding for the development of a training programme for physicians providing diabetic care in Chennai, Mumbai and Delhi.

Diabetic foot disease accounts for more than 50% of non traumatic limb amputations.  Early detection of the disease may prevent amputation and the programme will provide clinicians with the necessary skills to identify diabetic foot disease at an early stage. The World Health Organisation (WHO) now classes diabetes in India as a pandemic, affecting approximately 50 million people.

GCU Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Pamela Gillies, is in India today (October 12) to sign an agreement with Dr. Sneh Bhargava, Medical Director of the Sitaram Bhartia Institute of Science and Research in New Delhi for delivery of the project, witnessed by Scotland’s First Minister, Alex Salmond, and Kapil Sabal, who is India’s Minister for Human Resource Development.

Similar partnerships have been forged with the MV Hospital for Diabetes and Diabetes Research in Chennai, Lilavati Hospital and Research Centre in Mumbai and Max Health Care, also in Delhi, to deliver the programme in other parts of the country.

The First Minister said, “I am delighted to join the Minister of Human Resource Development to welcome this important new partnership between Glasgow Caledonian University and Sitaram Bhartia, one of four partners involved in the programme. The Scottish Government is proud to support this project to share Scottish expertise to make a real difference to the quality of the lives of thousands of people in India.” 

Glasgow Caledonian University Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Pamela Gillies, said, “Our partners in India are very important to us and we are very privileged indeed to be working with our esteemed Indian colleagues on this groundbreaking initiative to help prevent unnecessary suffering through diabetes related limb amputations. The support of the Scottish Government and Scottish Development International will allow us to share our podiatric expertise with doctors around India, building capacity in a sustainable way that will transform lives.”

For more information, contact the Applied Knowledge Exchange.

Leadership Awards 2010 winners

Scottish Leadership Awards 2010 @ The Grand Central Hotel,Glasgow.

Here are the winners of the Scottish Leadership Awards 2010.

Glasgow Caledonian University’s Applied Knowledge Exchange sponsored the Female Business Leader of the Year Award.

For more information about how GCU works with business on education programmes, consultancy and research, and social innovation, give the Applied Knowledge Exchange a ring on 0141 331 3189.

ClinTec’s Rabinder Buttar named Scottish Business Leader 2010

Dr Rabinder Buttar, President and CEO of Glasgow-based global Clinical Research Organisation, ClinTec International was named Female Business Leader of the Year at the 2010 Scottish Leadership Awards held last night in Glasgow. Scottish Leadership Awards

The award is sponsored by Glasgow Caledonian University’s Applied Knowledge Exchange and was presented by GCU Principal, Professor Pamela Gillies.

The Scottish Leadership Awards recognises the achievements of Scotland’s private and public sectors leaders and has just recently been launched by Scottish Business Insider magazine.

Rivals for the category included Michelle Mone, founder and co-owner of MJM International and Audrey Baxter, Executive Chairman of Baxters, the international food company.

The award ceremony was held at the Grand Central Hotel in Glasgow with Lord Ashdown present as guest speaker.

Dr Buttar was recognised by the Scottish Leadership Awards for her unique business acumen and entrepreneurial spirit in building one of Britain’s fastest growing privately owned tech companies; 27th in the league of top 100 companies in Britain – Sunday Times Microsoft Tech Track 100.

On winning the award, Dr Buttar stated: “I am honored to receive this award and see it as a great reflection not just of my work but that of our Senior Corporate Director, Bobby Bal and the experienced global management team supporting me. Leadership is about motivating people and bringing out the best in them to deliver challenging company goals. I am proud to have created an organisation in which employees based in Scotland plus 40 countries globally are passionate about their work and have an uncompromising attitude to deliver nothing short of excellence in all they do for our pharmaceutical and biotech clients.”

For more information, please contact the Applied Knowledge Exhange on 0141 331 3189.

GCU PhD student heads to leprosy missions in Bangladesh

Kellie Gibson, a PhD student working with Jim Woodburn, Professor of Rehabilitation at Glasgow Caledonian University, heads to Bangladesh at the weekend to start her Gordon Masterton/ Magnusson Award funded work.

Kellie is volunteering with the Leprosy Mission International and will spend time supporting the rehabilitation work conducted in a number of clinics across the country. She will also stop by the Grameen Caledonian College of Nursing in Dhaka towards the end of the visit to meet the students and share her experiences.

Kellie has set up her own blog and you can follow her progress at