Working with business

Hundreds of working people gained access to higher education after GCU secured £5.4million to become one of Scotland's largest providers of Graduate Apprenticeships. The University's first group of Honours Graduate Apprentices enjoyed their special day at November ceremonies at Glasgow's Royal Concert Hall when 12 men and women had their degrees conferred in Software Development for Business and in Information Technology for Business. 

GCU's Institute of University to Business Education works with Skills Development Scotland and 130 public and private sector organisations such as JP Morgan, Cap Gemini and Scottish Water to design and deliver bespoke programmes to employees.

Our Graduate Apprenticeship courses enable working people to transform their career prospects. The University is committed to working with industry and Skills Development Scotland to build on our success in delivering Graduate Apprenticeships and ensure that work-based learning creates a talent pipeline that responds to the needs of the Scottish economy.

Fiona Stewart-Knight
Director of the Institute for University to Business Education

A collaboration between the School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment and Edinburgh company Geckotech Solutions Ltd won Best Knowledge Transfer Partnership in the UK. The project, which applies deep learning to industrial problems, was nominated in two categories at Innovate UK's prestigious 'Best of the Best' Awards and lifted the trophy for Best Partnership in the UK.

Geckotech, which provides specialist access services to engineering clients, has developed a range of KTP projects with the University.

This recognition shows why it's essential for companies like ours to invest in research to drive innovation and growth. Through the partnership with GCU, we've accessed a Data Lab-funded Industrial Doctorate project, a GCU-funded PhD project and two Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, and we've made great strides in developing our approach. It means a lot to have this acknowledged by our peers.

Dr Mark Jenkins
Research and Development Manager, Geckotech

A state-of-the-art lab that allows students to experience and combat ‘real-life’ cyber-attacks was unveiled. The Cyber Lab - housing the Security Operations Centre (SOC) - marks a sequence of new partnerships ensuring the next generation of security experts have the skills and experience required in today’s evolving cyber-threat landscape. 

By partnering with the data centre, cloud and managed security services provider Proact, and security intelligence company LogRhythm, the University has introduced the latest software and services so students can gain critical training by mimicking a real-world environment.

The value of the new SOC is that it takes education beyond the classroom.

Jackie Riley,
Head of Department for Cyber Security and Networks at GCU

The Moffat Centre for Travel and Tourism Business Development is helping safeguard the future of iconic island Skye. It’s studying the impact of the unprecedented growth in visitor numbers experienced by the island to shape a tourism masterplan for the next decade. Skye attracts more than 500,000 tourists a year and the Centre is examining the impact the influx has on the island’s employment and the wider economy.

As a destination management organisation, we need to have a detailed understanding of visitors, their views, their behaviours and their impact on the whole of Skye – not just the tourism sector. The results will allow us to shape the strategy for tourism development on the island for the next decade.

Alistair Danter
Project manager, SkyeConnect