Contributions of universities

Contributions of universities

COVID-19 has placed unprecedented demands upon everyone, including universities. Thankfully, we have been able to respond speedily to new constraints, and through research and innovation, can play a crucial role in helping society to tackle the immediate and longer-term challenges we face in the wake of the pandemic.
At Glasgow Caledonian University and at universities in general, expertise, technologies and resources have been used for social good – to aid both in living through COVID-19 and into recovery.

You can see some examples of how universities are making a difference via the links below.

Higher Education Leadership during COVID-19

Vice Chancellor of GCU and President of GCNYC Pamela Gillies will share how she has guided the University through the COVID-19 pandemic in the next Resilience and Reconstruction series of talks from GCNYC's Center for Social Impact and Innovation on February 4.  The event will start at 5pm.  Register on Eventbrite

Universities need to be turned inside out

On 20 June 2020, The Herald published a piece on why our universities need to be turned inside out by Mark Anderson and Professor Cam Donaldson.

Future of the Research Excellence Grant post COVID-19

On 1 June 2020, the Principal, Professor Pamela Gillies, and Pro-Vice Chancellor (PVC) Research, Professor Cam Donaldson, contributed a blog to Media-FHE on the future of the Research Excellence Grant post COVID-19, taking the perspective of a Modern University.

What is the civic university for?

Also in June, Professor Michael RoyDr Alec Wersun and Professor Cam Donaldson had a paper entitled ‘What is the Civic University for? Embedding action through research by placing the Sustainable Development Goals at the centre of university planning’ published in the Stanford Social Innovation Review (Summer 2020) series on Innovating Higher Education for the Common Good.

Rethink the notion of value

Professor Cam Donaldson has written a piece on how we need to rethink the notion of ‘value’ in the Higher Education sector.  This was published in the The Sunday Herald on 24 May 2020 along with an accompanying commentary.


Research at GCU

Research is instrumental in tackling society’s biggest problems. The health, social and economic challenges uncovered by COVID-19 brings into sharp focus our commitment to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure peace and prosperity for all.

Sustainable Development Goals

These global goals reflect our ethos as the University for the Common Good and our mission to make a positive difference to the communities we serve. Read our institutional research strategy to find out more about our commitment to the SDGs during the COVID-19 pandemic, and beyond.

The icons below show which of the 17 SDGs we aim to impact through the research above.