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.

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