Research Celebration

Research Celebration

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Glasgow Caledonian University

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Join us for our annual celebration of GCU’s research. Hear from our PhD students, Research Associates and Post-Doctoral Researchers how we are tackling real-world challenges to make a positive impact in the world we live in. You will also find out more about embarking on a PhD and discover new ways of approaching research, thinking outside the box.

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Research Day Programme

9.30 - 9.50 - Dr Ruth Hussey - Speaker
Ruth is Chair of the Welsh Food Advisory Committee and Board member of the Food Standards Agency, a member of the Health Inequalities Board, Public Health England and Advisory Board member for the NIHR, School of Public Health Research. She is an Honorary Professor at the University of Liverpool and has awards from other Universities in England and Wales.

9.50 - 10.10 - Shane McHugh - Speaker
Shane McHugh is Head of International Partnerships at the Royal Academy of Engineering. In his ten years at the Academy, he has been responsible for developing and delivering £53m of international grant programmes, including major individual and institutional capacity building programmes under the Newton Fund and Global Challenges Research Fund.

Workshops (10.45 - 12.15)

Outside the box! Thinking and researching with archives

Archival research is something that can add value to any research project, but can it bring us closer to SDG 2030 success? Open up to archival research to find new ways to approach your topic of study. Join us to explore GCU’s archives, build research skills, and discuss sustainability in research.

WiSE Centre for Economic Justice
(1) Human Rights & Migration: Showcasing the EU funded projects
(2) Gender & Public Policy

WiSE is the intellectual home to a growing group of GCU academics from variety of disciplines including Economics, Political Science, Sociology, History, Law and Risk. Join us to witness a showcase of our current EU funded research in Human Rights and Migration, in particular the RESPOND, DEMOS and VOLPOWER studies, followed by a discussion on Gender and Public Policy.

Moffat Centre for Travel and Tourism: Understanding Consumer behaviour in Tourism at a National level: definitive data on visitor behaviour
Discover first-hand the latest tourism and travel market research from the UK’s biggest university tourism and travel research centre. Working with almost 1000 organisations across Scotland, the Moffat Centre is in the unique position of holding the most comprehensive and up-to-date data on Scottish visitor attractions. These are the most quoted and utilised studies in tourism and take cognisance of major movements in demand, technology and the wider economy.

Writing Your Journal Article in 12 Weeks
Writing is the most important means of communicating our research. Planned writing can help you stay focused on what really matters. Find out how to develop new habits and design a writing plan for peer-reviewed journals by considering a step-by-step approach to successful publication.

Patient and Public Involvement in GCU Health Research
Patient Public Involvement (PPI) lies at the heart of our research as we continue to develop new community engagement initiatives that support the co-creation and co-production of research. Join us to hear about our commitment to developing innovative knowledge exchange and impact for a broad range of beneficiaries outside GCU to improve lives.

Moving forward with a long term neurological condition: Translating research into practice

This workshop will give delegates a flavour of what is new in the field of physical activity research for people with a LTNC. It will provide an update on current recommendations and discuss some of the strategies to encourage people with a LTNC to become more active and less sedentary. It will provide a taster of physical activity (for those who wish), especially adapted for people with a LTNC, and explore how ‘fitness without exercise’ can be effective and enjoyable. The workshop will also showcase some new technologies, developed at GCU, that will help people with a long term neurological condition to be more active.

Networking Lunch (12.15pm - 1.00pm)

1.00pm - 1.45pm - Derek Mackay - Speaker
Derek was elected to Renfrewshire Council in 1999 at the age of 21, he was the youngest male councillor in Scotland at the time. He won three successive ward elections to become Leader of Renfrewshire Council in May 2007, taking the SNP from opposition to lead the administration for the first time. He became a national figure in local government leading the SNP group at COSLA (Convention of Scottish Local Authorities) 2009 to 2011. He served on Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board as a Non-Executive Director and Chair of Renfrewshire Community Health Partnership (2007 to 2011). He was also previously chair of the Paisley Vision Board and Renfrewshire’s Fairtrade Steering Group. Derek has been the Member of the Scottish Parliament for Renfrewshire North and West since 2011, and was previously served as Minister for Transport and Islands and Minister for Local Government and Planning. Derek Mackay was appointed Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Constitution in May 2016.

Workshops (2.00 - 4.15)

Rethinking Fuel Poverty as a Complex Problem: From 'fabric first' to 'folk first' solutions
Fuel poverty is when you can’t afford to keep your house warm at reasonable cost. However, this definition is too limited, too inflexible and does not consider physical and mental health or ability to manage energy bills. Join us to hear more about our internationally recognised work on rethinking energy poverty as a complex problem. We will explore how this approach can be applied to other complex policy problems.

Saving Lives by Tackling Antimicrobial Resistance: Everyone's Business
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is one of the most complex public health threats the world has faced. In alignment with the SDGs we have developed a behavioural insights research team to focus on ways to contain antimicrobial resistance - an urgent public health threat. Join us to examine the current problem from different perspectives followed by round table discussions on what can be done for the future.

Solving Water Issues in Nigeria
One of the fundamental problems affecting millions of Nigerians is lack of access to a safe water supply and adequate means of disposal of human waste, refuse and drainage facilities. We explore these challenges and question the fairness of the global climate negotiations at this workshop. Come along to join the discussion of the social impacts of renewable energy transition in both developed and developing countries.

Scottish Poverty and Inequality Research Unit 'Give and Take' Workshop: Making Connections to Tackle Poverty in Scotland
SPIRU is a new GCU research unit (formed in 2018), built on a previous unit and tradition of applied poverty research. The recent launch came after an analysis by Professor McKendrick highlighted intense pockets of child poverty in some of Scotland’s most affluent areas. Come along to hear how councils are compelled to publish local Child Poverty Delivery Plans following the passing of the Child Poverty (Scotland) Bill, which seeks to eradicate child poverty in Scotland by 2030.

Empowering Communities: How do Participation Requests and Asset Transfer Requests lead to community empowerment?
Participation Requests and Asset Transfer requests are two key parts of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 and are designed to give communities power over decisions and assets that are important to them. Come and discover emerging findings by our Researchers who have been working on an 18-month evaluation project. Explore how and to what extent communities feel more empowered as a result of the introduction of Participation Requests and Asset Transfer Requests.

Skills and Integration of Refugees, Migrants and Asylum Seekers into UK Labour Market - Policy Enablers and Policy Barriers in the UK.
Migration and asylum have been a key political and social issue in European societies for decades. Join in the dialogue about The Sirius project and how we can approach migration and asylum not only from a ‘border management and security’ perspective, but also from an integration into the labour market one.

Electrical Stimulation to Promote Health in Adults
Electrical stimulation can be used to treat many common health conditions from leg pain and reduced mobility to bladder and bowel problems. Join us to discover more about electrical stimulation and how it can be used to improve and self-manage health. This workshop will explore the different types of electrical stimulation and the potential for a range of future applications.

Three Minute Thesis and Networking Drinks (4.30pm - 6.30pm)

Developed by The University of Queensland to celebrate the research conducted by PhD students, the Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is just what it says it is. Come along to hear our students summarise their research on one slide in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.

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