GCU celebrates Patron's Fund research award

02 February 2017

GCU celebrates Patron

Professor Cam Donaldson

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) is celebrating a £2,500 gift from The Patron’s Fund, the charitable fund set up to acknowledge the work of the charitable organisations for which Her Majesty, The Queen acts as a Patron, on the occasion of her 90th birthday. 

GCU, the University for the Common Good, welcomed this endorsement of the work of its Yunus Centre for Social Business and Health, which was established in the name of Nobel Laureate Chancellor Professor Muhammad Yunus to enhance the evidence base for community-driven initiatives such as social enterprises.

The Patron’s Fund allows supports nearly 300 charities and other organisations in the UK and the Commonwealth through the distribution of £750,000. The Fund received generous donations from a range of supporters including individual donors, businesses, schools, community groups and the proceeds from The Patron’s Lunch, the event on the Mall last June.

Professor Cam Donaldson, GCU’s Yunus Chair and Acting Pro Vice-Chancellor Research, said: “We are delighted to have received this gift from The Patron’s Fund. This money will help us to support completion of a study of how a social enterprise initiative contributes to provision of important rehabilitation services in a remote and rural setting in the West of Scotland.”

The funding will support a PhD study into the effectiveness of community services for people with chronic illness such as heart disease, diabetes and asthma in combating issues of social isolation and connectivity that are an important part of the journey back to full health. The completion of the research will substantially benefit the Oban and Lorne community, but also other communities who can point to the study as an exemplar based on strong evidence.

Sir Stuart Etherington, Chair of The Board of Trustees for The Patron’s Fund, said: “The Patron’s Fund is very pleased to be able to support Glasgow Caledonian University with its valuable work. Glasgow Caledonian University is among hundreds of organisations for which The Queen acts as a Patron, which between them make a difference to causes and communities in the UK and throughout the Commonwealth.”