Outstanding social impact driving success at Glasgow Caledonian University

05 September 2019

Excellence in the areas of social impact, student support and research at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) has been recognised with three nominations in this year’s prestigious national Higher Education awards.

GCU has also been placed amongst the top six universities in the UK delivering sustainable change and making a real difference to the way we live our lives, according to a new analysis by Times Higher Education (THE).

The University was placed amongst the world’s top 50 universities for social impact earlier this year in the inaugural THE Impact rankings. It measured institutions success in delivering the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which aim to deliver a sustainable future by 2030. A fresh look at this data by THE has led to GCU being shortlisted in the Data Points Merit Award, recognising the University’s success in aligning its research strategy to achieving the sustainable development goals.  

Excellence in the areas of support for students and research supervision has been recognised with two further THE Awards nominations. The University’s landmark work in preventing and responding to Gender-Based Violence, including the high profile Erase The Grey campaign, is shortlisted in Outstanding Support for Students.

In the category of Outstanding Research Supervisor of the Year, Professor Gordon Morison from the School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment has been nominated for his work enabling the next generation of outstanding researchers. The recognition marks further success for Prof Morison, who is Head of Computing, after he won the Innovate UK’s ‘Best of the Best’ Knowledge Transfer Partnership Award in May. 

GCU Principal, Professor Pamela Gillies CBE FRSE, said “I am delighted the University’s outstanding achievements have led to three nominations for national awards. This is a tremendous recognition of the contribution Glasgow Caledonian University is making to delivering a more sustainable future. The university community can also be extremely proud of this endorsement of the hard work of our staff and students.”

These are the 15th annual THE Awards, and the first to feature a range of categories covering all university activity under one banner – excellence will be recognised both in academia and across the professional services.

THE editor John Gill said “The THE Awards ceremony will be the biggest celebration of higher education that we have ever hosted. I am delighted to say that the ‘Oscars of higher education’ go from strength to strength. With 23 categories this year, we’re also showcasing more exceptional stories than ever before, and it’s a real honour for us to shine a spotlight on all those who have made it as far as these shortlists – their stories deserve much wider circulation."