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.

CPD modules in fire safety at GCU London

As well as exclusive postgraduate courses, GCU London offers a range of CPD modules and short courses. 

More subjects will be added throughout 2011. You can sign up for GCU London updates for more details.

2011 courses

For more information: 

Contact Audrey Meikle by phone +44 (0)141 331 8458 or email

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.

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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