Why the Serco affair must force us to rethink our attitudes to migrants

Professor Simone Baglioni has written and opinion piece for the Herald Scotland on ‘Why the Serco affair must force us to rethink our attitudes to migrants’.  To read the article, please click on the link below:


Ashoka U Change Leader Retreat

Julie Adair spent the week of the 16th July at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.  She was representing GCU at the Ashoka U Change Leader retreat which was hosted at The Bullpen, Duke’s impressive Innovation and Entrepreneurship Space (pictured above), attended by Ashoka U colleagues from Mexico, Columbia, Canada, Singapore and, of course, the United States.  As well as reviewing activities of the various changemaker campuses, the group discussed possible shared projects via a call for proposals for the 2018/19 Collaboration Fund.  GCU hopes to submit a bid with colleagues from the USA and Canada.

PhD Presentations

Enrico Bellazzecca, PhD student at the Yunus Centre for Social Business & Health recently presented on his PhD at the following events:

  • 6th EMES-COST-CNRS International Training School – 19-22 June 2018 in Marseilles, France
  • ISTR 13th International Conference – 10-13 July 2018 –  Hosted by Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Philanthropic Studies Department

John Pearce Lecture 2018

Date: Monday 10th September 2018
Time: 5.00pm – 8.30pm
Location: Deeprose Theatre, Govan Mbeki Building, Glasgow Caledonian University, Cowcaddens Road, Glasgow G4 0BA

The lecturer this year will be Baroness Glenys Thornton (Senior Fellow, The Young Foundation). The Yunus Centre for Social Business and Health at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) would like to invite you to the annual John Pearce Memorial Lecture, which this year is part of the Social Enterprise World Forum’s Academic Symposium which takes place on the 10th and 11th September at GCU.

Baroness Glenys Thornton has spent 40 years working with co-operative, social and community enterprises. The lecture will be wide-ranging in scope, reflecting on the growth of the social and community enterprise movement; the expanding cooperative sector; and the need for supportive ecosystems to enable future national and international development. It will look at the movement historically, with some reference to the work of John Pearce, but will also look at current issues, future challenges and how social enterprises and co-operatives can positively enhance community and public well-being.

This is a free event but please register to ensure your place.

John Pearce Lecture Leaflet 2018

If you would like to attend the lecture, please register via the Eventbrite link below:

Common Good First

Common Good First has just had confirmation of further funding to help grow the Scottish dimension of the project.  This will fund resources to help begin to promote and roll out the platform to social innovation projects around Scotland.  The stories collected will be represented on the Common Good Platform when it launches in October 2019.

To find out more about the project, please visit the website below:


Flash mob brings happiness to Kelvingrove

A flash mob highlighting Scotland’s solidarity towards migrants, refugees and asylum seekers brought happiness to one of the country’s busiest tourist attractions.

Around 25 people of all ages, from all over the world, performed a choreographed routine to Happy by Pharrell Williams in the main hall at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum on Sunday afternoon.

The dancers all wore t-shirts promoting the research findings of a European funded project TransSOL which established one in three people in Scotland have shown solidarity towards migrants, refugees and asylum seekers.

The performance, organised by the Yunus Centre for Social Business and Health at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU), brought the curtain down on a weekend of fun activities at the museum as part of Glasgow Science Festival.

Researchers from GCU are leading a new £2.5 million Europe-wide project that will explore how to integrate migrants, refugees and asylum applicants into European Labour markets.

SIRIUS sees GCU coordinate the research of nine universities in seven countries. It is hoped the project will help shape international policy on supporting access to quality work opportunities and working conditions.

Professor Simone Baglioni, of the Yunus Centre, said: “The SIRIUS project believes it is in all our interests to integrate and that the fastest way to achieve that is through work.

“We have to help people into work and also help employers and society make the most of the wealth of skills refugees can bring.”

Prof Simone Baglioni to give keynote speeches

Prof Simone Baglioni has been invited to deliver a keynote speech on Solidarity in Europe at an EU policy event taking place in Poland in early September.  His speech will come after the opening address from the vice-president of the Committee of the Regions, which is the EU body representing sub-national authorities within EU policy making.  This will then be followed by a policy debate involving representatives of local authorities and regional governments of various European countries.  Further information is available at the following website: https://www.bsssc.com/copy-of-annual-conference-2018

A second keynote speech on social innovation will be delivered at a policy and practitioner focused event in Bordeaux, organized by EuroDir (European Association of the Heads of Health and Social Care Departments/offices).  This is a discussion seminar for French head of health and social services about social innovations in the implementation of health care and social policies.

FABMOVE at the Second Iberoamerican Conference of Social Economy

A team of FABMOVERs, led by Richard Pfeilstetter from the University of Seville, presented the project at the Second Iberoamerican Conference of Social Economy that was celebrated in Osuna, Andalusia, from the 4th to the 8th June 2018.

In front of a diverse audience made up of universities, public authorities and social entrepreneurs, Richard shared the FABMOVE slot with Antonia Avalos from Mujeres Supervivientes de Violencias de Género and Olga Biosca who was seconded in Seville from Glasgow Caledonian University.  Itziar Gomez and Cristina Jurado from the University of Seville team were also there. FABMOVE members participated in a debate around the role of the social economy in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and shared their experiences with other successful social economy initiatives operating in the Iberoamerican region.