Glasgow Caledonian University’s research seeks to achieve global impact by addressing multiple Sustainable Development Goals.

In September 2015, the United Nations adopted these Goals in order to “end poverty, ensure prosperity for all and protect the planet”. Through our own research, GCU will address the Sustainable Development Goals via three societal challenges of Inclusive Societies, Healthy Lives and Sustainable Environments.

Our position as a world-class research institution was reaffirmed by the Research Excellence Framework (REF) results in 2014, which ranked GCU as the top modern university in Scotland by research power. Since then, the University has continued to build on its strengths.

The University is in the top 20 in the UK for health research at world-leading and internationally excellent standards. Impact of GCU research in the built environment is rated as top 20 in the UK, combining world-leading and internationally excellent research submissions. GCU proudly displays the European Commission HR Excellence in Research Award, which tells researchers that we are committed to supporting their careers and acknowledges the University’s alignment with the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for their Recruitment.

Here are just some of the projects carried out by GCU this year: