Staff achievement

Dr Angela O'Hagan, deputy director of the WISE Centre for Economic Justice and one of the UK's leading voices on gender-budgeting, was awarded the prestigious Jo Cox Award for Public Service and Active Citizenship. Dr O'Hagan received the Political Studies Association accolade, which celebrates academics who have made a positive change in society by reflecting the campaigning spirit and humanitarian values espoused by the late MP, who was murdered in June 2016.

The University was recognised as one of the UK's most forward-thinking organisations by judges of the UK Social Mobility Awards 2019. Professor Pamela Gillies CBE FRSE, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, was named 2019's Social Mobility Champion of the Year at the UK Social Mobility Awards ceremony in London. The awards, run by the charity Making The Leap, recognise and celebrate the people and organisations driving social mobility across the country.

A “groundbreaking” learning project that gives students access to “lifechanging” experiences was awarded a national teaching excellence award. PEETS - Promoting Excellence in Employability and Transversal Skills – was one of just 15 UK projects to receive the prestigious Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence by Advance HE

The inaugural Times Higher Education Impact Rankings recognised our commitment to social justice and the impact we are making on society at home and around the world. The new chart ranked us 44th in the world and in the UK’s top 10 for our contribution to achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals - a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet.

A School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment (SCEBE) collaboration with Geckotech Solutions Ltd was named Best Knowledge Transfer Partnership in the UK.
The University was rated first in Scotland in the People & Planet University League 2019 for its environmental and ethical performance. GCU was the only Scottish institution to win ‘first-class’ accreditation, climbing 18 places to be placed 23rd of 154 universities in the UK.

Excerpts from Dr Nancy Lombard's edited collection The Routledge Handbook of Gender and Violence were included in a new online library Sustainable Development Goals Online.

Dr Andrew McAuley told MPs that Glasgow had one of the strongest cases in Europe for introducing a drug consumption facility in its city centre. He addressed Westminster's Scottish Affairs Committee as part of its inquiry into problematic drug use in the country.

Professor Alison Britton was appointed chair of the Scottish Infected Blood Support Scheme.

Research fellow Karen MacFarlane won the prestigious International Association of University Administrators prize for her essay - How can universities contribute to the common good? - highlighting GCU's Common Good mission, values and attributes.

The Duchess of Cornwall told GCU's Professor Dawn Skelton that she was “very impressed” by her exercise study at the launch of the Royal Osteoporosis Society. Professor Skelton has been chairing a steering group for the charity to produce the most up-to-date expert consensus statement on physical activity and exercise for osteoporosis.

Professor Claudia Estcourt’s research, which could help Scotland become the first country to beat HIV, was highlighted in a new campaign to promote the public impact of health research at universities across the UK.

​GCU Communications Officer Craig Telfer starred in a new BBC Scottish football show A View from the Terrace. The show has been nominated in the Best Sports Programme at the prestigious Broadcast Awards, which will take place in February 2020.