Principal represents GCU at State of the City Economy Conference

26 November 2014

Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Pamela Gillies CBE

Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Pamela Gillies CBE

The Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Pamela Gillies CBE represented Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) at the State of the City Economy Conference, as part of a panel discussion featuring the guest speakers for the event.

The Rt Hon. Gordon Brown MP was the keynote speaker for the conference, and the panel also featured the Leader of Glasgow City Council, Councillor Gordon Matheson; BT Group Director, Wireless Cities, Devices, Mobility and Innovation, Mark Harrop; and Glasgow Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive, Stuart Patrick.

The Principal’s contributions highlighted the work that Glasgow’s universities are doing to support businesses, particularly small and medium enterprises, and the importance of recognising the leadership potential of young people.

Professor Gillies said: “I hugely enjoyed taking part in the panel discussion at the State of the City Economy Conference. Gordon Brown delivered an inspiring and exciting address, and Councillor Matheson outlined the outstanding work that Glasgow City Council has done to lead the economic growth of our city. The conference highlighted the great potential for Glasgow’s future development. At GCU, we will playing our part to bring this to fruition, as well as taking action to tackle Glasgow’s enduring inequalities, as part of our social mission as a University for the Common Good.”

Now in its 17th year, Glasgow’s principal economic event brought together over 500 delegates to focus on the city’s economy and look ahead to the next 12 months.

GCU plays a significant role in the ongoing economic success of the city by delivering an economic impact of £216 million and supporting 4450 jobs, as reported by independent consultants BiGGAR Economics.