In 2017, the University's Research Strategy was reframed around the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, enhancing integration with initiatives such as PRME and AshokaU. We address the Goals via three societal challenge areas of Inclusive Societies, Healthy Lives and Sustainable Environments, providing an excellent fit with the Common Good, our Research Integrity, School structures and GCU's associated Strategy for Learning.

To promote greater cross-disciplinary and cross-school working:

  • Researchers are grouped into six themes to correspond with the challenge areas: Social innovation and public policy: Social Justice, equalities and communities; Public health; Long-term conditions; Built environments; and Efficient systems. 
  • Research to address the SDGs is further promoted through our prestigious thematic research centres which are subject to a five-yearly Centres Renewal and Approval Process.

Research spans all three of our campuses; for example, we have Yunus Centre members in GCU London and we are aiming to build on the leadership provided by Glasgow Caledonian New York College (GCNYC) in developing its Fair Fashion Centre.

From the most recent Research Excellence Framework, GCU emerged as top Modern University in Scotland for research power. Our research is funded via competitive grants from bodies such as the National Institute of Health Research, the European Commission, the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Medical Research Council and Wellcome Trust. GCU is also number 1 university in the UK for Erasmus+ funding, based largely on our commitment to social innovation.