Business Engagement

Business Engagement

Working in partnership

GCU works with business and public sector clients who have technology or capacity challenges to offer access to specialist facilities and the expertise of our academics, helping clients develop their business through a tailored approach to the challenges they face. 

Community and Public Engagement has been working with local businesses and social innovations such as Dell, iomart, YoungScot, TISO and The Glasgow Bike Station on our reCYCLE project and Safer Internet Day event.

Social Innovation for the Common Good @ GCU builds on our long tradition of social innovation. GCU is the first university in Scotland to be awarded Ashoka U Changemaker Campus status and this provides students and staff with a platform to connect with leading universities across the world.

We are a member of Business in the Community and are committed to the UN’s Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME).

This year, we have continued to work with clients including SSE, Howden, Historic Scotland, Transnet Freight Rail and Doble, in many cases building long term collaborative partnerships.

The new Scottish Funding Council-funded Innovation Centres have also offered new opportunities for collaborative work with other university and industry partners across Scotland.

GCU has collaborated with business on several successful Knowledge Transfer Partnership projects in recent months, including with Highland Colour Coaters, Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT), Scottish Canals and Mahle.

Working with inspirational industry and public figures ensures our students and staff continue to bring real-world experiences to their learning and teaching.

Through a series of Public Lectures and Masterclasses held at our Glasgow, London and New York campuses, GCU offers presentations and discussions delivered by invited thought leaders and honorary Professors to provide specialist industry insight and expertise, as well as to engage and challenge thinking in areas key to tomorrow’s leaders.

In the past year, our Masterclasses featured speakers ranging from financial services to sports, celebrating the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Our Masterclasses also help embrace GCU’s Mission ‘For the Common Good’, with invited speakers including human rights activist Tindyebwa ‘Tindy’ Agaba sharing on his experiences in academia and how it prepared him for the humanitarian and legal work he now carries out.

Philanthropist Professor Eva Haller talked passionately about her life’s work during an in-conversation event with writer and broadcaster Dr Sally Magnusson, who is an honorary graduate of GCU.

Find out more on our Business website.