Research Day

Join us for our annual celebration of research And discover how together, we can achieve a better and more sustainable future for all.

University-led research can shape society, influence government policy and have a lasting impact on people’s lives.

We are Scotland’s top modern university by research power (REF, 2014) and the University for the Common Good. Our unique focus is on addressing the Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nation; a global drive to “end poverty, ensure prosperity for all and protect the planet” by 2030.

A wide range of workshops to choose from

Hear from our guest speakers:

Dr Ruth Hussey CB, OBE

Shane McHugh, Head of International Partnerships at the Royal Academy of Engineering

Choose from our list of morning workshops:

  • The role of research and universities in tackling the Sustainable Development Goals
  • Outside the box! Thinking and researching with archives
  • Writing your journal article in 12 weeks
  • Human rights and migration: Showcasing the EU funded projects (WiSE Centre for Economic Justice)
  • Gender and public policy (WiSE Centre for Economic Justice)
  • Understanding consumer behaviour in tourism at a national level (Moffat Centre for Travel and Tourism)
  • Patient and public involvement in GCU health research

Hear from our keynote speaker:

Derek Mackay MSP

Choose from our list of afternoon workshops:

  • Rethinking Fuel Poverty as a complex problem: From 'fabric first' to 'folk first' solutions
  • Saving lives by tackling antimicrobial resistance: Everyone's business
  • Skills and Integration of Refugees, Migrants and Asylum Seekers into UK labour market - policy enablers and policy barriers in the UK
  • Empowering Communities: How do Participation Requests and Asset Transfer Requests lead to community empowerment?
  • Electrical stimulation to promote health in adults
  • Solving water issues in Nigeria
  • 'Give and Take': Making connections to tackle poverty in Scotland (Scottish Poverty and Inequality research unit)

Throughout the day you can also view our community engaged research and research student poster exhibition. We will round off the day with the Three Minute Thesis finale.

Opportunities to connect and share ideas

Meet our research community; get to know our PhD students, research associates and post-doctoral researchers. We will share with you the innovations and explorations that have the potential to make a positive impact in the world.

We also want to hear from you. What’s your desire to improve our way of life; this could be your first step towards a business venture, career development or a new qualification. Come along to find out more about our range of postgraduate courses and research specialisms, as well as the wider application process, funding options or our Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP)s.

We promise you a day of varied and exciting sessions, including discussions on saving lives through infection prevention, human rights and migration, redefining fuel poverty and analysing consumer behaviour in tourism. Rounded off with the traditional three-minute thesis competition, introducing the work of the next generation of researchers to join us in our mission for the Common Good.

Meet keynote and guest speakers Hear from the following leading figures at the event.

Derek Mackay MSP - Keynote speaker

Derek was elected to Renfrewshire Council in 1999 at the age of 21, he was the youngest male councillor in Scotland at the time. He won three successive ward elections to become Leader of Renfrewshire Council in May 2007, taking the SNP from opposition to lead the administration for the first time. He became a national figure in local government leading the SNP group at COSLA (Convention of Scottish Local Authorities) 2009 to 2011. He served on Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board as a Non-Executive Director and Chair of Renfrewshire Community Health Partnership (2007 to 2011). He was also previously chair of the Paisley Vision Board and Renfrewshire's Fairtrade Steering Group.  Derek has been the Member of the Scottish Parliament for Renfrewshire North and West since 2011, and was previously served as Minister for Transport and Islands and Minister for Local Government and Planning. Derek Mackay was appointed Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Constitution in May 2016.

Dr Ruth Hussey CB, OBE

Ruth is Chair of the Welsh Food Advisory Committee and Board member of the Food Standards Agency, a member of the Health Inequalities Board, Public Health England and Advisory Board member for the NIHR, School of Public Health Research. She is an Honorary Professor at the University of Liverpool and has awards from other Universities in England and Wales.

Shane McHugh

Shane McHugh is Head of International Partnerships at the Royal Academy of Engineering. In his 10 years at the Academy, he has been responsible for developing and delivering £53m of international grant programmes, including major individual and institutional capacity building programmes under the Newton Fund and Global Challenges Research Fund.