GCU boosts Scottish economy by £444m per year

AN analysis of the economic impact of Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) found that it boosts the Scottish economy by £444 million each year.

 Independent research by economic consultancy Biggar Economics also estimated the university supports 10,000 jobs and generates £7.20 for every £1 it receives through the Scottish Funding Council.
Full article on The Herald

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:




New edition of GCU Exchange magazine for business

GCU’s new Summer 2012 edition of Exchange magazine is hot off the press!

The magazine features upcoming events on GCU campus and the latest education, research and consultancy work with our partners – Transnet Freight Rail, the Scottish Centre for Telehealth and Telecare and FMC Technologies.

The Applied Knowledge Exchange has information on business funding, KTPs, research and consultancy services.

If you would like a print copy, email appliedknowledgeexchange@gcu.ac.uk


City Week forum for financial services community

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) is on Stand 21 at City Week, the global forum for senior members of the international financial services community.

GCU is internationally recognised for innovative programmes that combine academic and business excellence with practical experience and globally recognised professional accreditations including:

  • CIPD; Institute of Risk Management, Chartered Insurance Institute, Institute of Operational Risk, RICS, PMI, SHRM, CMI, BCS
  • Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI) Centre of Excellence and home of Chartered Banker in London.

More about us: www.gcu.ac.uk/gsbs

City Week speakers include Rt Hon William Hague MP, Foreign Secretary, Stephen King, Group Chief Economist, HSBC Bank Plc
and Dr. Gerard Lyons, Chief Economist and Group Head of Global Research, Standard Chartered Bank.

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).


Winter 2011 edition of Exchange magazine now out

Glasgow Caledonian University’s Applied Knowledge Exchange has published the Winter edition of Exchange magazine.

The magazine focuses on recent business and knowledge transfer activity at GCU. This edition contains details of Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) and our work with the energy sector, food and drink companies and our Business Academies with companies.

For more information, please take a look inside the magazine.

Offshore Europe panel discusses Operating Models for the Future

Glasgow Caledonian University’s Applied Knowledge Exchange attended this week’s Offshore Europe conference in Aberdeen, meeting with partners including FMC Technologies and networking with the industry.

During a first day session analysing the Operating Models for the Future, panelists including Oil and Gas UK Chief Executive Malcolm Webb said there were potentially large untapped ‘unconventional’ oil and gas reserves which required investment from the industry and a skilled, international supply chain.

Bob Keiller, CEO of Wood Group PSN, detailed the pros and cons of contracting out operations. He insisted it was important to be an ‘informed buyer’, keeping a close eye on contractor relationships through effective project management.

Global oil and gas solutions provider FMC Technologies is working with GCU to deliver a pioneering five-year research and development collaboration within the subsea oil and gas industry which includes KTPs, PhD studentships and 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.

Scottish Enterprise highlights business collaboration potential

In tough times, businesses and public sector organisations should take a more collaborative approach to working – that was the theme running through the Scottish Enterprise networking event this week in Glasgow.

Keynote speaker Raymond O’Hare, Chairman of the Institute of Directors in Scotland, told delegates people can be sceptical when they hear the word ‘collaboration’ but that it was a ‘practical necessity’ for business survival.

He outlined 5 types of collaboration: Corporate Business Partner Programmes; Small Organisations Learning from Large; Informal Collaboration Agreements; Formal Collaboration Agreements; and Influencer Collaboration.

Other speakers included Virginia Sumsion, marketing manager at Loch Fyne Oysters, who spoke about her Argyll food producers co-operative which sells food and drink products at events under the Food from Argyll banner.

For more information on collaborating with Glasgow Caledonian University, go to www.gcu.ac.uk/business


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.

Leadership Awards 2010 winners

Scottish Leadership Awards 2010 @ The Grand Central Hotel,Glasgow.

Here are the winners of the Scottish Leadership Awards 2010.

Glasgow Caledonian University’s Applied Knowledge Exchange sponsored the Female Business Leader of the Year Award.

For more information about how GCU works with business on education programmes, consultancy and research, and social innovation, give the Applied Knowledge Exchange a ring on 0141 331 3189.