Research at GCU

Glasgow Caledonian University’s commitment to the Common Good is realised through our applied research which addresses three major societal challenges of inclusive societies, healthy lives and sustainable environments. Reflecting our whole-institution approach to the Common Good, these challenge areas align strongly with our School structures, initiatives such as Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) and Ashoka U, GCU’s associated Strategy for Learning and our pursuit of Research Integrity. Our Research Innovation Office supports all our research activities across the university from funding, Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) to consultancy and collaborations.

We were one of the first universities to align our research to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), issued by the United Nations in 2015; a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. The SDG pillars echo our institutional vision for transforming lives enriching cities and communities, innovating for social and economic impact, and engaging globally.

Our dedication to the SDGs has seen us named number one in Scotland for both promoting gender equality (12th in the world) and economic growth (13th in the world) in the latest Times Higher Education (THE) University Impact Rankings. We are second in Scotland in reducing inequalities, ranking 20th in the world.

To address the SDGs, we have approved a number of thematic inter-disciplinary research centres, underpinned by an inter-sectoral approach to addressing these challenges locally and internationally.

Healthy lives  
Sustainable environments  
Inclusive societies  
Postgraduate research study  

Research strategy

Our strategy is aligned with the UNs Sustainable Development Goals.

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