Research day attracts record numbers

13 June 2016

The Playlist for Life project

The Playlist for Life project

Research Day 2016 provided an exciting opportunity to showcase the scale and scope of the impact GCU staff and students are having in addressing some of society’s major challenges.

GCU is the University for the Common Good and the top modern university in Scotland by research power. Around 200 people attended the annual celebration of GCU’s research, which is focused on enabling communities in the UK and internationally to build inclusive societies and live healthy lives in sustainable environments.

Keynote speeches were delivered by social entrepreneur Mel Young, President of the Homeless World Cup; Bryan Buchan, Chief Executive of Scottish Engineering; and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Senior R&D Manager Dr Roma Armstrong.

There were thirty research exhibitions on the day, including Playlist for Life, which looks at the importance of music in supporting people with dementia.

Allied health research at GCU is ranked top 20 in the UK, exemplified through infection prevention research, GCU researchers producing the first evidence the six-step hand-hygiene technique is the most effective for reducing bacteria and infections. The KNEEMO project was also exhibited, a £3.6million study investigating the diagnosis and treatment of knee osteoarthritis.

The impact of medical waste in fresh water; clean water projects in Malawi and Zambia led by the Centre for Climate Justice; and a partnership project with SPT to turn water and air into sustainable heat in Glasgow’s Subway system were all on display at Research Day 2016, which concluded with the 3 Minute Thesis competition for PhD students.

Professor Mike Mannion, GCU’s Vice-Principal and Pro Vice-Chancellor Research and Enterprise, said: “Research lies at the heart of a university’s life and its contribution to society. It informs and underpins our teaching, thereby helping to produce skilled, intellectually adept and employable graduates.

“GCU’s unique social mission, For the Common Good, and our research priorities reflect the commitment of the University to work towards solving real societal challenges, both close to home and further afield.”