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.

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GCU Social Innovation conference attracts high profile speakers

Geoff Mulgan, Chief Executive of NESTA (National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts), and Olivier Rouland, the European Commission’s DG Employment and Social Affairs, were among high profile speakers involved in Glasgow Caledonian University’s Social Innovation: New Pathways and Alternative Solutions conference.

GCU is a leading light in working with Social Enterprises and the Third Sector, developing unique Masters level programmes for people working in these areas. GCU is also home to the Yunus Centre for Social Business and Health, involved in pioneering research examining the relationship between social business and health improvement.

Unique Social Enterprise Collection donated to GCU Archives

GCU has received a valuable addition to its archives, with the donation of the Social Enterprise Collection (Scotland) by John Pearce, one of the UK’s founding figures in social enterprise, following his retirement.

The papers and documents on Community Development, Community Enterprise, Social Enterprise and Social Accounting and Audit were accumulated over the course of John’s 35 year career. They are joined by the Community Business Scotland archive of papers and reports from 1981 onwards.

John Pearce said: “I am very pleased that the university has decided to establish a Social Enterprise Collection and that I have been able to donate my accumulation of papers, books and reports to get it started.”

John Pearce played a pivotal role at the heart of Scotland’s community and social enterprise movements, and his work has had a global impact. Click here for more information about the Collection.

The Social Enterprise Collection (Scotland) builds on GCU’s ongoing commitment to social enterprise, through Scotland’s first MSc in Social Enterprise, developed with the Social Enterprise Academy. This is a result of GCU’s recognition that social enterprises are a growing sector of profitable businesses, and agents for positive change defined by their social and environmental missions.

For more information about how we work with Social Enterprises and the third sector, click here.

GCU debates future of Social Innovation

Increasingly the European Commission is focusing its resources on exploring new avenues through which research and knowledge transfer can respond directly to the needs of society. The term that it has coined for this new conceptual framework is SOCIAL INNOVATION.

GCU’s head of European Programmes, Mark Anderson, brought together colleagues in an open forum session to discuss Social Innovation. “Social Innovation is becoming a watchword for the European Commission,” says Anderson. 

GCU already has many strengths in Social Innovation, including innovative research in Social Business and Health from the Yunus Centre, research in agriculture, socio-economic development and vulneral populations. GCU is also running Scotland’s only MSc programme in Social Enterprise.

Find out more about our work in Social Innovation.

Evening Times reports on AppleGreen eco house

AppleGreen Homes claim its range of “green” homes, which will slash the average electricity bill by £200 and help tackle the problem of fuel poverty, could be about to revolutionise the housing sector in the UK and abroad.

The new BRE Innovation Park at the former Ravenscraig steelworks site in Motherwell, North Lanarkshire, will showcase the new Clyde-built homes later this year.

AppleGreen hired city-based Spacesix Architects and Glasgow Caledonian University to research and develop all aspects of the build with an edict that the new generation homes had to be “highly energy efficient yet affordable”.

Click for more info or see the Evening Times for the full article.

Support for Social Enterprise in Scotland

Kenny MacAskill, Justice Secretary and SNP parliamentary candidate for Edinburgh Eastern, pledged his support for social enterprises in Scotland at the opening of the annual Social Enterprise Fair, S2S.

The SNP candidate signed up to the new Social Enterprise Charter, showing his support for the continued growth of this vibrant sector in Scottish society.

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) has developed the only MSc in Social Enterprise in Scotland, run in partnership with the Social Enterprise Academy. Find out more about the PgC and MSc Social Enterprise programmes.

Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill said: “Scotland’s social enterprises make a huge contribution to our society and our economy. It has been a privilege to see the growing success of Scotland’s social enterprises in recent years. That good work must continue and I am pleased to support the Social Enterprise Charter. More

GCU’s energy efficient house now on display

A partnership between GCU, Applegreen Homes and Spacesix Architects has created the affordable, energy efficient house of the future.

The new house will feature a solar-energy package that will help to reduce electricity and heating bills, aiming to eradicate fuel poverty. Prices start at only £49,999 for a three-bedroom home. The unique Applegreen Homes concept was designed by Glasgow firm Spacesix Architects with assistance from GCU, who researched and developed all aspects of the build, ensuring it is highly energy efficient yet affordable.

The showhouse is now on display in the prestigious BRE Innovation Park, based at the former Ravenscraig steelworks site in Motherwell.

For more information, contact Audrey Meikle, School of the Built and Natural Environment, on 0141 331 8458

Funding for Social Enterprises in Healthcare Announced

£10 million additional funding is being given to the Social Enterprise Investment Fund in order to allow social enterprises to provide health services.

The announcement was made by Health Secretary Andrew Lansley at this year’s Social Enterprise Coalition conference Voice 11.

Lansley said social enterprises deliver a ‘can do’ attitude, which would be a welcome addition to NHS services by offering choice and best quality healthcare.

Lansley said allowing ‘any qualified provider’ to offer health services would end the bureaucratic tendering processes for healthcare.

voice11Glasgow Caledonian University’s Applied Knowledge Exchange was at Voice 11 to hear the announcments and to highlight GCU’s new MSc in Social Enterprise.

The MSc programme is run in partnership with the Social Enterprise Academy and has been developed from the PgC programme – the only postgraduate degree in Scotland designed specifically for the social enterprise sector.

For more information, check out or call the Applied Knowledge Exchange on 0141 331 3189.