Enriching cities and communities through research at GCU

18 May 2016

Bryan Buchan, Chief Executive of Scottish Engineering, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde R&D Manager Dr Roma Armstrong, and social entrepreneur Mel Young, President of the Homeless World Cup, will join Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) researchers and guests for the University’s annual celebration of research.

As the University for the Common Good, GCU’s research addresses three major societal challenges, enabling communities in the UK and internationally to build inclusive societies and live healthy lives in sustainable environments.

Following an opening presentation from Professor Mike Mannion, GCU’s Vice-Principal and Pro Vice-Chancellor Research and Enterprise, Bryan Buchan, Roma Armstrong and Mel Young will highlight R&D in health, the benefits of university-business collaboration, supporting engineering and manufacturing through research and consultancy, and social innovation.

Mr Buchan said: “It is heartening to see that Scottish universities, including Glasgow Caledonian University, continue to punch above their weight in terms of research and development activity.”

There will also be an exhibition showcase of work including:

  • Public health research and the management of long-term conditions such as stroke, arthritis, multiple sclerosis and diabetes;
  • The Yunus Centre for Social Business and Health, which is researching the impact of social business and microfinance provision on the health and wellbeing of disadvantaged communities in Scotland and internationally;
  • Research to improve urban environments and efficient systems, including with business partners such as SPT, ScotRail, Doble Engineering and EDF;
  • The WiSE Research Centre, which has significant impact in promoting and making visible women’s contribution to boosting the economy;
  • The Moffat Centre for Travel and Tourism Business Development, which provides the leading visitor attraction monitor in the UK.
  • The day will finish with a 3 Minute Thesis competition for PhD students.

Overall, the University is ranked in the top 20 in the UK for allied health research at world-leading and internationally excellent standards. GCU research in the built environment also performs strongly, with impact in this area rated as top 20 in the UK combining world-leading and internationally excellent research.

Research Day 2016 takes place at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) in the Arc, on Friday, June 10 from noon until 5.30pm.

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