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

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.

For a print copy, email


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.

FMC Technologies launching Subsea Optoelectronics Lab at GCU

GCU is hosting an Open Evening Lecture featuring keynote speaker Danny McStay, FMC Technologies, to launch the FMC Technologies Subsea Optoelectronics Laboratory at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU).

The growing global demand for oil and gas is driving producers to increase the overall efficiency of the production process and to operate in more extreme conditions with minimal environmental impact. Optoelectronic technologies are seen as one of the key technologies in enabling the industry to meet these challenges. In this lecture, optoelectronic technologies developed over the last decade for applications ranging from heritage to pharmaceuticals will be described, along with examples of how they have been adapted to meet oil and gas industry requirements.

Tuesday 27th March
6pm – 7pm

Followed by cheese and wine evening, sponsored by FMC

Click here to register for the FREE event


Global oil and gas solutions provider FMC Technologies is working with Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) to deliver a pioneering five-year research and development collaboration within the subsea oil and gas industry. The collaboration combines expertise in electronics, optoelectronics, electrical power and instrumentation at GCU with that of subsea engineering and optoelectronics within FMC to deliver a portfolio of research and development projects to identify new opportunities for safe and efficient oil recovery and to enhance reliability and integrity in the monitoring of subsea installations. The venture includes Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) projects and PhD research studentships. More information…

If Only Holidays scoops SME300 award

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) client If Only Holidays has been awarded a Scottish Business Insider award for highest climber in the SME300.

The awards celebrate the success of Scotland’s best performing small and medium sized companies.

GCU is working with If Only Holidays on a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) to develop and deploy novel computing solutions to automate the generation of tailor-made holiday packages and to improve visibility on the web.

Find out more about how we can help your business by calling 0141 331 3189 or visit


SMEs in Scotland engaging with Universities

84% of SMEs in Scotland are engaging with higher education institutions, according to Universities UK.

View the full report – Driving Economic Growth

Universities play an important role in providing support to businesses through research and training. This is demonstrated by the breadth and range of industries with links to universities and the variety of activities with which they are involved, including extensive support for small and medium enterprises (SMEs).


GCU’s dementia research on STV News

Hundreds of people with dementia have spend the day at Hampden Park as part of the football reminiscence project. 

The project is part of ongoing research by Glasgow Caledonian University.

Click on the link to view the short video (please note that the video will start after the short advert is played).