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.

Sustainable Food & Drink webinar on how supermarkets are tackling climate change

Sustainable Food & Drink, a free and innovative programme that helps Scottish food and drink companies increase their competitiveness through better environmental performance, ran a webinar analysing how supermarkets were tackling climate change.

The Sustainable Food & Drink team, based at Glasgow Caledonian University’s Caledonian Environment Centre, focused on the supermarkets’ key green areas: operational improvement; supply chain initiatives; and helping their clients to lower carbon footprints.

Paulo Cruz and the rest of the team looked at the supermarkets’ recycling and energy targets, using case studies and data.

For the full presentation, click here

Exchange (Summer 2011)- Applied Knowledge Exchange Business Magazine Now Out

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The Summer 2011 edition of GCU’s Exchange magazine, representing all the latest business news from the Applied Knowledge Exchange, is now out.

This edition features GCU’s partnership with FMC Technologies, GCU’s food and drink activities – including an event with Marks & Spencer and the new Scottish Food Innovation Network – as well as our work with the Third Sector. 

For your print copy, email appliedknowledgeexchange@gcu.ac.uk with your name and address or view it online at www.gcu.ac.uk/business

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.

Sustainable Food and Drink talks to James Macsween

Macsween, guardian of Scotland’s national dish, is renowned for their traditional haggis and black puddings and, within the industry the business is also known for its environmental credentials. 

Over the years Macsween has managed to reduce their relative energy and water use, divert significant proportions of waste from landfill and implement an ethical sourcing policy.MrMacsween

The Sustainable Food & Drink (SFD) project, run at Glasgow Caledonian University, caught up with James Macsween to find what makes environmental initiatives a high priority at the company.

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Fuel Poverty issue puts low cost energy efficient housing on the agenda

Rising unemployment and dramatically increasing fuel prices could lead to significant fuel poverty in the UK unless more is done to invest in energy efficiency. Gas and electricity bills for millions of homes are expected to rocket in the coming years, as suppliers attempt to offset rising wholesale prices, energy analysts have warned.

Households are considered by the UK Government to be in fuel poverty if they have to spend more than 10% of household income on fuel to keep their home to an adequate standard of warmth. One of the most effective ways of combating fuel poverty is to target energy efficiency measures on homes typically occupied by those on low incomes.

AppleGreen Homes is working with Glasgow Caledonian University and Glasgow-based Spacesix Architects to research and develop an affordable, energy efficient home for the future at the new BRE Innovation Park at Ravenscraig in Motherwell. It will feature a solar energy package that will not only help significantly reduce electricity bills but will also drastically reduce heating bills, helping to eradicate fuel poverty. In addition, a guaranteed feed-in tariff from the solar electricity package will be paid to the owner, developer, housing association or council.

SETN annual conference – 29th June

GCU will be at the SETN annual conference at the University of Strathclyde on 29th June.

The event includes an exhibition and workshops, giving businesses in the Environmental and Clean Technologies sector advice on a range of issues including funding, business development, carbon reduction, intellectual property and regulation.

Speakers include Nigel Holmes, CEO at Scottish Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (SHFCA), John Ferguson, Head of Strategy at Binn Eco Park and Peter Higgins, Founder and CEO at UWI Technology.

Find out more about GCU’s work in the built and natural environment and more about the event at www.setn.org.uk

A successful Scottish Technology Showcase for GCU

Glasgow Caledonian University profiled its High Voltage Engineering Research Group at this year’s Scottish Technology Showcase.

Scottish Technology Showcase 2011

Scottish Technology Showcase 2011

New technology is currently being developed by the group as part of a pioneering partnership with FMC Technologies.  The University’s High Voltage Research Group brings together engineers from a range of disciplines to tackle fundamental and applied research in high-voltage engineering systems and high-voltage insulation diagnostics.

GCU’s groundbreaking research in engineering has generated multiple patent applications and funding from industry including Doble and National Grid as well as EPSRC and Scottish Enterprise Proof of Concept funding.

Find out more about our engineering expertise

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

GCU partners in £2.6m food and drink innovation network

Glasgow Caledonian University’s Applied Knowledge Exchange is involved in a Scotland-wide innovation network for universities to support the Scottish food and drink industry.

The Scottish Funding Council (SFC) is to invest £2.64 million in The Scottish Universities Industry Innovation Network for Food and Drink, which will work to meet the research and innovation needs of Scottish food and drink companies. Working in partnership with businesses and their supporting trade sectors, academics from multiple disciplines will work to deliver a range of knowledge exchange projects in areas including food science, supply chain development, waste management, packaging design and marketing for the benefit of industry.

Led by the University of Aberdeen, the University of Abertay Dundee and Heriot-Watt University together with Interface, the Network is specifically designed to meet the needs of the Scottish food and drink industry expressed by its members during a consultation process. 

GCU’s expertise in Food and Drink includes marketing, food sciences, packaging design, sustainability and nutrition.