Research Innovation Office

The RIO team supports the University’s research and innovation environment through five support units:

  • Helping to embed a research culture within the University and overseeing the University’s REF2021 submission.
  • Supporting Social Innovation through Knowledge Exchange.
  • Driving innovation through KTPS and Innovation Vouchers.
  • Specialising in International Collaboration Projects.
  • Responding to Global Challenges Through Sustainable Development.

Our aim is to attain Research Excellence by optimising the research output of academic staff whilst developing a dynamic culture of innovation amongst students and staff across the University.

Our team will support research funding applications, management of contractual agreements, project costing and engagement with business partners including innovation support e.g. Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP). 

We also manage internationally funded projects and help to embed social innovation within the University and beyond through our unique portfolio of projects, including EU funding. 

GCU staff can connect to funding opportunities, research innovation documents, policies and support here.

GCU’s Research and Innovation Office focusses on five key, interrelated areas or units of activity:


RIO Units of Activity

Research and REF

The Research and Innovation Office supports Glasgow Caledonian University’s strategic research goals in a myriad of ways; from forging relationships with funders to drafting contracts to measuring impact, RIO is the support for all things research. 

Excellence: In 2014, GCU emerged as the top Modern University in Scotland by research power (i.e. based on quality and volume of submissions). The University was ranked in the top 10 in the UK for impact in Social Work and Social Policy and in the top 20 for allied health and research in the Built Environment. In an effort to further these successes GCU developed a research strategy focused on three societal challenges:  Inclusive Societies, Healthy Lives and Sustainable Environments. RIO supports the overall strategy by connecting researchers to potential funding opportunities and overseeing the application process.

REF: In addition to supporting the ongoing research at the University, we also assist with measuring the University’s impact. This includes the preparations for REF which are ongoing for REF2021. We provide strategic planning support, undertake mock REF exercises and help capture research outputs across our academic community. If you have a query regarding a research project or REF2021 preparations, contact us on: 

Research and REF Manager

Yasmin Glover

+44 141 331 8882

Research and REF Administrator

Alexis McQuade

+44 141 273 1772

Research Costings Administrator

Andrea Tidrow

+44 141 331 8872

RIO Office Coordinator

Alan McKinnon

+44 141 273 1221

Knowledge exchange and commercialisation


Improve your competitiveness and achieve your goals with the help of the knowledge, innovation and skills that reside within Glasgow Caledonian University. Our global research excellence has been built up over many years. We have collaborated with organisations for decades to build long term strategic relationships that increase organisational knowledge and deliver innovative technological solutions. We offer world class consultancy and access to world-leading experts to help your organisation to grow. But we also recognise the need to help these relationships endure and reach their potential.

That is why we can help you to find the innovation and funding that you need to grow your organisation and navigate the complex research and development ecosystem. We work with multiple regional, national and internal stakeholders to provide access to funding solutions such as UKRI Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP), SFC Innovation Vouchers and the UKRI Industrial Strategy. By working with staff in Research and Innovation and our academic staff across our Schools, we can find solutions that work for you and your organisation.


GCU helps organisations to improve competitiveness and productivity by providing tailored . through Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) and other KE funding projects. Our Academic Schools offer a wide range research and knowledge exchange expertise to deliver collaborative research opportunities . We also provide access to specialised instrumentation and facilities from across our schools (links to School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment; Glasgow School for Business and Society; School of Health and Life Sciences  and GCU London.

We have been involved in UKRI’s Knowledge Transfer Partnership Scheme (KTP) for over 40 years,  stimulating award winning innovation with collaborative partnerships between UK businesses and the knowledge base. Glasgow Caledonian University's KTP portfolio encompasses a broad range of business sectors including Manufacturing, Engineering, Business, Digital, Electronics, Product Design, Environment and Civil Engineering.

GCU’s approach to KTPs with a company has always been customer driven and focused on excellence, helping companies to solve real-life problems. As a result we have been nominated for a number of awards at the annual KTP Awards.  One such award was for a KTP collaboration led by the University's School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment (SCEBE) with Edinburgh company, Geckotech Solutions Ltd won Innovate UK's prestigious as the Best Knowledge Transfer Partnership in the UK at the Best of the Best 'Best of the Best' Awards.

We are also working closely with the Scottish Funding Council and Interface, the Knowledge connection for business to deliver a number of innovation voucher applications in conjunction with Scottish companies, most of which have resulted in further collaborative opportunities for GCU.

In the Research and Innovation Office, we work to build new relationships that deliver a high quality innovation service, particularly for smaller businesses. We recognise the need to build longer term, more sustainable relationships, by making it easier to connect, so that businesses can innovate and grow.




Knowledge Transfer Network

Digital Health & Care Institute

Stratified Medicine Scotland

Centre for Sensor and Imaging

Industrial Biotechnology (IBioIC)

Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC)

The Oil and Gas Innovation Centre (OGIC)

The Data Lab

Energy Technology Partnership

 If you would like more information on any of the above, please contact:

Knowledge Exchange Manager

Dr Janette Wark PhD RTTP

T: +44 141 331 8877


Global challenges and sustainable development

As a signatory to the Sustainable Development Goals Accord, GCU was the first higher-education institution to use the goals - 17 global objectives to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all - to shape its research strategy. At RIO, we support and promote the activities of staff and students at Glasgow Caledonian University working with partners in low and middle income countries to address three major societal challenges: enabling communities to build inclusive societies, live healthy lives and create sustainable environments.

The following open research opportunities are part of the government’s spending commitment to ODA:

Global Challenges Research Fund is a £1.5 billion fund to support cutting-edge research that addresses the challenges faced by developing countries.

The Newton Fund develops science and innovation partnerships that promote the economic development and welfare of collaborating countries. 2020 countries are Egypt, Jordan, Kenya, South Africa and Turkey

Wellcome Trust works with academia, philanthropy, businesses, governments and civil society around the world to take on health challenges.

The NIHR Global Health Research programme supports high-quality applied health research for the direct and primary benefit of people in low and middle-income countries using ODA funding

The Royal Academy of Engineering runs several international programmes. The Academy has programmes to specifically tackle global development challenges (including the GCRF Africa Catalyst and Higher Education Partnerships in sub-Saharan Africa)

DFID provides funding opportunities that support high quality research to end extreme poverty

Research focused on international development and addressing SDGs is eligible to other funding opportunities including Leverhulme Trust and the Royal Geographical Society

If you are looking for support in developing a project or are an international organisation looking to collaborate on interdisciplinary research projects, get in touch today:

International Development Coordinator

Carolyn McMillan

+44 (0)141 273 1526

International collaborations

We want to ensure that the University continues to Internationalise its research and innovation activities as a way of promoting the University Mission and Vision overseas and to generate new partnerships and support recruitment.

We do this by: -

  1. Identifying and researching external funding opportunities relevant to the University and in particular to the Office for existing and future projects such as H2020, Erasmus+. Interreg etc.
  2. Guiding academics on the preparation of research grants where compliance and policy-related issues may be complex and more prevalent (e.g. EU) and elaborate compliance documentation for the Office.
  3. Overseeing and managing technical aspects of all projects managed by the Office, creating processes and monitoring strategies for their delivery.
  4. Monitoring policy and funders’ strategic directions in order to identify appropriate opportunities and providing intelligence for senior management. 
  5. Liaising with the International Office in order to ensure there is sufficient support for international non-research projects whilst also ensuring that international activities in the Office are optimized in order to increase GCU’s reputational reach.
  6. Leveraging the skills and knowledge of the University in order to contribute to international project outputs whilst also ensuring that the benefits and results of projects cascade throughout the University community.

We are not only re-active, but pro-active in our approach.  As well as working closely with university researchers on their own projects, we have been successful in gaining funding on a large portfolio of successful projects funded by the European Commission, both as lead and partner.  In the last four years alone, we have worked on:

14 Erasmus + Capacity building projects, (5 as coordinator)

6 Strategic Partnerships, (3 as coordinator)

3 Knowledge Alliance projects, (1 as coordinator)

1 Erasmus+ KA1 Erasmus Mundus Joint Master

7 H2020 projects (2 as coordinator)

9 Interreg projects (1 as coordinator)

Links to a handful of our projects:




Common Good First

As an office we endeavor to keep abreast of changes in the external environment in relation to research and innovation.  We are enthusiastic to explore and promote international funding opportunities, be that EU or non EU.

If you would like more information, please contact:

Director of RIO

Mark Majewsky Anderson

+44 141 331 8842

Senior Projects Administrator

Siobhan Doyle

+44 141 331 8274 

EU Projects Administrator

Natalia Popielska

+44 141 331 3002

Social innovation

Social Innovation is at the heart of GCU’s mission; and our 2030 strategy.  It is an area that is becoming increasingly recognised by universities around the world as we face increasing challenges as a society; and where universities have so much knowledge, cutting edge research and resources in their power to share.  The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have also raised the profile of social innovation, and there is a growing trend for business, industry, government, universities and funding bodies to recognise these goals and the need for social impact to be included in their activities.

Universities are in a unique position to support social innovation as they have a great deal of influence, resource and intellectual power, that is largely unencumbered by political motivations. Universities can also gain greatly from being more engaged with the social dimensions of their teaching, research, collaborations and business activities. Funders are increasingly calling for applications that consider the SDGs and the social impact research might have.  Business is starting to trend towards showing a great social conscience and corporate social responsibility.  New innovations are increasingly developed to address the challenges we are facing as a society. 

Social innovation has many definitions, but in terms of the activities at GCU this could be any activity that showcases, researches, supports or creates an innovation that addresses a social need or area of the SDGs. The university already supports social innovation in a number of ways, that are richly varied and not limited to new companies or enterprises.

Currently the Research and Innovation Office promotes and supports knowledge exchange around social innovation in a number of ways:

  • Promotion of the research in social innovation and addressing SDGs to external local and international networks and partners;
  • Brokerage of relationships at a local and international relationships that could support activities in social innovation at GCU, or where GCU could offer expertise externally;
  • Promotion of curricular activities in social innovation at GCU;
  • Promotion of the activities that support social innovation in enterprise, teaching, community engagement, and student activities around GCU;
  • Creation of collaboration projects such as Social Innovation through Knowledge Exchange (SIKE); South East Asian Social Innovation Network (SEASIN); Latin American Social Innovation Network (LASIN); that support and showcase universities across the world who are interested in growing and supporting social innovation through their own activities.

We also offer a range of free support options to students, staff and stakeholders who are passionate about developing social enterprise or have an idea they wish to explore. To see what we can offer follow this link for more information about the types of support available.

If you just want to explore and learn a bit more about social innovation and enterprise, click here to find out more.

Social Innovation Manager

Rose Cawood 

+44 141 331 3749

Contact the Team

Office Location:  William Harley Building, Ground Floor


Mark Majewsky Anderson
Director of Research & Innovation
T: +44 141 331 8842

Knowledge Transfer

Dr Janette Wark
Knowledge Transfer Manager
T: +44 141 331 8877

Research, Project Costing, Project Approval

Yasmin Glover
Research Manager
T: +44 141 331 8882

Finance and Costings

Andrea Tidrow
Research Costings Administrator
T: +44 141 331 8872

Research and REF Administrator

Alexis McQuade
Research and REF Administrator
T: +44 141 273 1772

Contracting, Legal, Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property

Susan Armstrong
Contracts & IP Advisor
T: +44 141 331 3069

RIO Office Coordinator

Alan McKinnon
RIO Office Coordinator
T: +44 141 273 1221

Social Innovation

Rose Cawood
Social Innovation Manager
T: +44 141 331 3749

European and International Research Projects

Siobhan Doyle
Senior Projects Administrator
T: +44 141 331 8274

Natalia Popielska
EU Projects Administrator
T: +44 141 331 3002

Carolyn McMillan
International Development Coordinator
T: +44 (0)141 273 1526

Research Fellow in Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Fiona Henderson
T: +44 141 331 3369