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Glasgow Caledonian University

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) is a vibrant, innovative and multi-award winning University for the Common Good. We aim to contribute to society in a manner that embraces yet goes beyond the traditional role of a university. GCU’s For the Common Good commitment is brought to life and delivered by students and staff across academic schools and departments.

Glasgow Caledonian University’s commitment to the Common Good is realised through our applied research which addresses three major societal challenges of inclusive societies, healthy lives and sustainable environments. Reflecting our whole-institution approach to the Common Good, these challenge areas align strongly with our School structures, initiatives such as Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) and Ashoka U, GCU’s associated Strategy for Learning and our pursuit of Research Integrity.

We were one of the first universities to align our research to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), issued by United Nations in 2015; a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. The SDG pillars echo our institutional vision for transforming lives enriching cities and communities, innovating for social and economic impact, and engaging globally. To address the SDGs, we have approved a number of thematic inter-disciplinary research centres, underpinned by an inter-sectoral approach to addressing these challenges locally and internationally. Our world-leading and internationally excellent research addresses societal challenges to help people to build inclusive societies and lead healthy lives in sustainable environments.

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