26 November 2010
Professor Allison McCleery, Chair of the Universities Scotland Research Training Sub-Committee, with Dr Iain Cameron and Professor Bonnie Steves
A RESEARCH collaboration involving GCU and Universities Scotland has won a UK Times Higher Education Award in the Outstanding Support for Early Career Researchers Category.
Along with the University of St Andrews, Heriot-Watt University and Edinburgh Napier University, GCU was a lead partner in the collaboration with Universities Scotland’s Research Training Sub-Committee to develop and deliver the KE Step Change Programme, a collaborative, cross-sector, capacity-building programme primarily funded by the Scottish Funding Council (£150k).
The award is in recognition of the achievements of the KE Step Change programme which has been delivered across all of Scotland’s HEIs, helping more of Scotland’s researchers to develop skills in knowledge exchange, and thereby promoting a ‘step change’ in the research and innovation culture amongst the Scottish research community.
GCU and its Graduate School led the development and delivery of one of the three key strands: The Future Scotland: Innovation Leadership, which enabled researchers to develop and practice leadership skills in the areas of innovation; partnership working; and research communication and collaboration. GCU’s collaborative partners in the strand were the Universities of Strathclyde, Dundee, Stirling, and Heriot Watt.
Professor Bonnie Steves, Director of the Graduate School, says: “I am delighted that this programme has won such a prestigious award. It recognises the hugely collaborative ethos at GCU, and demonstrates our commitment to contributing to the latest research training on an international level.”
GCU was also shortlisted in the highly competitive category of International Collaboration of the Year Award in recognition of its work with the Grameen Trust to establish the Grameen Caledonian College of Nursing in Bangladesh.