Commercial Development

Our aim is to build and develop strong links with industry. To facilitate this aim, GCU Business acts as a single contact point for companies wishing to access the University's academic expertise and facilities and we support GCU staff working with businesses on consultancy projects and commercial partnerships.

RIE staff sit on a number of commercialisation and knowledge exchange groups and committees affiliated to Universities Scotland, the Scottish Funding Council and the Technology Strategy Board, including the Research and Commercial Directors Group and University

We can help you work through complex commercial negotiations and make the most of your expertise and technologies. We can help guide you through a consultancy, contract research or CPD project, ensuring you are working with clients with the support of the University.

Commercialisation activities can also include the exploitation of University intellectual property (for example licensing of copyright, patents, trademarks, software, designs) and can include the creation of spin out companies.

RIE has led and supported commercial negotiations to develop framework agreements for some of GCU’s largest clients, FMC Technologies and Doble.

GCU is now a partner in two new SFC Innovation Centres, with RIE coordinating discussions with university partners to leverage synergies and GCU expertise.

Glasgow Caledonian University is also capitalising on its key areas of research with the development of new technologies, enabling companies and investors find the best new technologies to help grow their own businesses.

We aim to help increase awareness of IP within our academic community and take appropriate steps to register IP including patents and trademarks.

We work closely with University Technology (UT), a pan-Scottish university initiative that was originally launched in March 2004 by Scotland’s universities as part of a collaborative effort to showcase new technology opportunities from Scotland’s academic research base.


Director of Research, Innovation and Enterprise
Dr Andy McNair
0141 331 8609