September

Researchers led by Dr Sebastien Chastin warned policy-makers and planners to ensure that increased prosperity promotes physical activity and wellbeing across society as a whole and not just among the most affluent.

In what is thought to be the first study of its kind, researchers revealed that economic growth benefits the wealthy most and increases the health equality gap across Europe. The movement of people from the countryside to towns and cities also appears to bring mixed blessings for communities and risks widening the health gap between the well-off and the disadvantaged.

A video produced in partnership with ITN as part of Universities UK’s Unis Improving Futures campaign celebrated our successes and ethos as the University for the Common Good.

The Yunus Centre for Social Business and Health secured £90,000 to host a national archive telling Scotland’s social enterprise story. The Social Enterprise Collection will chronicle the history of the thriving sector and build on the existing archive created by the late John Pearce, one of the UK’s most influential community enterprise figures.

A GCU study found pregnant women on low incomes are less likely to attend antenatal classes than more affluent mums-to-be as they fear they will be judged.

The findings led campaigners to call for pregnancy to be “poverty proofed” to remove hidden costs and ensure all women receive the best possible care.

Meanwhile, a GCU-led pilot to ensure migrants can realise their potential was launched by Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills Jamie Hepburn MSP. Scotland’s first migrant and refugee skills recognition and accreditation hub won Scottish Government support to explore how migrants in Scotland could help reduce the skills gap in sectors such as construction, engineering, health and social care.