March

More than 100 policy experts, campaigners, and leading academics celebrated the launch of the Scottish Poverty and Inequality Research Unit (SPIRU). In partnership with the Poverty Alliance, SPIRU brings together academics from across Scotland and strengthens links between poverty and inequality researchers, campaign groups and policymakers. Professors John McKendrick and Stephen Sinclair, of Glasgow School for Business and Society, co-direct the unit, which builds on the legacy of the Scottish Poverty Information Unit.

Principal Professor Pamela Gillies CBE FRSE joined the United Nations’ Lene Wendland on a panel investigating how the jewellery industry can engage with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

The UN estimates that more than five million women and children are employed illegally in mines and the industry’s ecological ramifications include an estimated 20,000 tonnes of mercury released illegally into the environment every year by the global artisanal and small-scale mining eco-system.

GCU graduate Connor Gillies was named UK Reporter of the Year at the prestigious Independent Radio News awards. A former station manager at Radio Caley, Connor received the prize from Sky News presenter Kay Burley at a ceremony in London. 

We were awarded the Bronze standard for the Armed Forces Covenant - a promise from the nation that those who serve or have served, and their families, are treated fairly. We have provided veterans support since 2013 through the GCU HM Forces Learning Partnership which uses an educational pathway to smooth the transition from military to civilian life.

We were named the second most improved university in the UK for student experience by Times Higher Education. We rose from 99th to joint 67th in the prestigious survey. And new figures from the Higher Education Statistics Agency showed we had achieved our highest ever figure for degree completion, 80.9%, and our lowest first-year dropout rate, 6.8%.