The School has a very active research community with expertise across a wide variety of areas relevant to human health and well-being. We have a long tradition of conducting research that is economically and socially relevant - applying new knowledge to problems of global significance.
The RAE 2008 showed the University’s research in allied health is ranked top in Scotland and in the UK top 10. It also judged that 75.0% of the School’s research in Biomedical and Vision Sciences was internationally recognised, and submissions in Biomedical and Vision Sciences and in Psychology obtained the highest rewards in their subjects from any modern university in Scotland.
The School contributes to the University’s world-leading research and supports collaborative education in nursing, midwifery, social work, allied health professions, biological and biomedical sciences, psychology and vision sciences. Activity focusses on the following research groupings: family and community interventions; later life; musculoskeletal and neurorehabilitation; active living and education; molecular biomedicine; physiology and pharmacology; food science and microbiology; public health in relation to human nutrition and dietetics; anterior segment; visual development; ocular motor function; visual psychophysics; forensic psychology; cognitive and applied cognitive psychology; health psychology; and developmental psychology.
The Institute for Applied Health Research brings together research excellence across the University to consolidate our success in attracting major grants and develop collaborations with partners in the public and private sectors, within Scotland and internationally.
In 2010, the University launched a Yunus Centre in Social Business and Health to research and evaluate the social and health impacts of microfinance. Through the centre, which operates collaboratively across schools and departments, GCU will lead a long-term research programme to evaluate the impact of social business creation on the health of disadvantaged communities.
Central to this activity are the School’s 200+ research students. Each research student undertakes an individual programme of learning as he or she develops the specialist research skills and related knowledge for an individual project. Proposals for research projects are always welcome.