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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Google reveals success tips for leadership development in The Cloud

Glasgow Caledonian University’s Caledonian Academy today hosted a Technology Enhanced Professional Learning event featuring Dr Julie Clow from Google.

Dr Clow, Learning and Organisational Development Manager of Google San Fransisco, revealed her model for developing early-career Google staff through the myriad of online tools available.

While traditional models of e-learning can be uninspiring, asking professional learners to input answers to assessments, Google has opted for a self-paced, creative, interactive model using YouTube, Google Moderator, Google Forms, Spreadsheets, Email and more to encourage leadership and teamwork development.

GCU takes part in Glasgow Science Festival

Running from 1st-18th June 2011, the Glasgow Science Festival will tackle a wide range of exciting scientific topics for school children. Events at Glasgow Caledonian University include:

A Look at Optometrists
 Mon 6th, Fri 10th, Mon 13th and Tue 14th June, 10-12pm
0141 330 5370

Forensic Investigation
Tue 7th and Wed 8th June, 10-12pm
0141 330 5370

Human Body In Action
Tue 7th, Wed 8th, Thurs 9th, Tue 14th, Wed 15th and Thurs 16th June, 10-11:30am
0141 330 5370

A Lot of Hot Air
Wed 15th June, 10-11am
0141 330 5370

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

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

GCU student wins engineering award

A GCU student has been named the most promising young engineer in Glasgow. Kevin Frew, 22, was awarded a prestigious Prince Philip Award at a ceremony held by the Incorporation of Hammermen.

The £1,500 annual prize is open to all of Glasgow’s top engineering students.

Kevin, who recently completed a postgraduate certificate in Mechanical Engineering, is the youngest ever member of the Council for the Institute of Engineers and Shipbuilders.

GCU’s School of Engineering and Computing has significant expertise in Computing and Creative Technology, Communication, Network and Electronic Engineering and Energy Systems Engineering.

Our expertise areas include:

 Contact the Applied Knowledge Exchange for more information about how we can help your business on 0141 331 3189.

KTPs of key benefit for business innovation

Joe Docherty of Glasgow Caledonian University explains on the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce site how your organisation can benefit from KTPs.

KTPs are a UK-wide programme funded by the Technology Strategy Board along with the Scottish Government.  KTPs aim to help businesses improve competitiveness, productivity, and performance.  This is done by forming a partnership with a university, college, or other provider of knowledge and expertise.  The KTP then allows you to access the skills and expertise of the university or other partner institution in ways that will benefit your business.  

Find out more about KTPs from the Applied Knowledge Exchange at GCU.

HR Management events at Glasgow Caledonian University

Under the over-arching theme of ‘Maximising the Contribution of HR in Difficult Times’, several free CPD events are planned for the coming months. Presented by HRM academics in the Department of Management in Caledonian Business School, the CPD events and are designed to offer practitioners key insights into contemporary HR practices and how they can be utilised in a turbulent operating  environment. 

The next event is “Growing your own: has the time ever been better for internal coaching?” on 25th November.

Coaching is increasingly recognised as an essential and critically important role that most managers need to develop and perform as an integral part of their everyday management practice (Hunt and Weintraub, 2002). This session aims to inform delegates about the contribution a coaching culture and practices can make to their organisation in terms of developing both the coach and the coachee. Analysis of this will go beyond basic employee development to consider the contribution of coaching to managing performance to meet organisational goals and strategies. The session will combine literary input with practical analysis, inviting delegates to participate via discussions and facilitated short exercises around organisational climate and culture for introducing and enhancing coaching.

Booking: To book a place on any of these sessions, please email
Upcoming Events:
  • “Leadership and Change: facing the future with confidence” Date: 23rd February 2011
  • “Maximising the potential of your people: the case for Talent Management” Date: 30th March 2011 

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.

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.