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.

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Caledonian Creates Exhibition 2011

A collective showcase of creative work from Glasgow Caledonian University will be available to view from 1st to 5th June 2011 on campus.

createsThere will be private viewing of the Caledonian Creates 2011 exhibition on Wednesday 1st June 6pm-8.30pm in the Saltire Centre in the heart of Glasgow city centre.

Caledonian Creates is the new face of creativity at Glasgow Caledonian University. It brings together the collective talents of staff and students from a breadth of academic and business backgrounds, offering a holistic approach to research, consultancy and teaching in creative industries’ subject areas.

We are inspirational in addressing design, multimedia, technology, marketing, communication, fashion and interior architecture needs. Innovative thinking combined with an entrepreneurial approach gives clients the confidence to connect with Caledonian Creates.

Need a product researched? Come to the marketing team. Got an idea but want to bounce it off someone else first? Get multimedia technology to manipulate your suggestions into the most appropriate medium. Got an object ready to roll but haven’t got the time to devote to it? Why not consult with product design and put together prototypes. Caledonian Creates can do these things for you.

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 appliedknowledgeexchange@gcu.ac.uk

GCU attends KTP Scotland Awards

GCU colleagues from CBS, the School of Engineering and Computing and the Department of Research, Innovation and Enterprise attended the KTP Scotland Awards at the Doubletree Dunblane Hydro last week.

KTP Scotland Awards

KTP Scotland Awards

The University was nominated for two Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) Scotland Awards. Professor Bruce Wood’s work with Rawlplug Ltd, one of the leading manufacturers of specialist anchoring and fixing systems used in construction, industry and retail markets, was formally rated as outstanding by independent assessors as part of the KTP programme.

In CBS, the first KTP in Scotland on human resource management, led by Dr Gill Maxwell and Morag McLean of the Department of Management, was also nominated for a KTP Scotland Award. The KTP with Integrated Environmental Solutions Ltd (IES) was formally rated as very good.

For more information on either project or working with GCU on a KTP project, please contact Knowledge Transfer Manager Janette McAlpine on j.mcalpine@gcu.ac.uk or call the Applied Knowledge Exchange on 0141 331 3189.

Game Jam at GCU!

GCU was the biggest base in Europe for the world’s largest computer game developing marathon Game Jam. The 48-hour global event took place in more than 170 locations in 44 different countries at the weekend.

Dr Jon Sykes, senior lecturer in Computing and Creative Technologies at GCU, said: “I’m thrilled this year we are the biggest Game Jam venue in Europe.”

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Guinness World Records releases 2011 Gamer’s Edition

The new Guinness World Records 2011 Gamer’s Edition highlights the worlds’ finest gamers, including a lady with the highest score on Guitar Hero 3!

Take a look at Glasgow Caledonian University’s research into Music Games, through the School of Engineering and Computing.

Get in touch with the Applied Knowledge Exchange if your business is interested in this area on 0141 331 3189.

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.

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GCU finalises new KTP

Glasgow Caledonian University has a newly approved Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with diving and marine contractors Shearwater Marine Services Ltd.

The partnership will develop a remote web access technical information database to improve diving inspection processes, business intelligence and provide efficient and added value customer reporting facilities.

The partnership received a grant of £85,700 and is being overseen by Professor Brian Stewart of the School of Engineering and Computing. For more information on KTPs and how they can support your business requirements, contact the Applied Knowledge Exhange on 0141 331 3189.