Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) is the University for the Common Good. Our vision for 2030 is to be recognised as world-leading for social innovation: delivering transformative education and impactful research through purposeful partnerships as a globally connected University with an engaged University community committed to the Common Good.
The School of Health and Life Sciences has a long tradition of conducting a wide range of multi-disciplinary applied health research that is economically and socially relevant – applying new knowledge to problems of global significance. This is realised through our Research Centre for Health (ReaCH), which aims to make direct and significant contribution to Sustainable Development Goal 3 – good health and wellbeing. The core of our activity is to focus on enhancing lives of people with long-term health conditions as well as developing and evaluating public health and lifestyle interventions.
The centre showcases the work undertaken in our research groups in the themes of public health: Ageing Well; Child and Adolescent Health; Safeguarding Health through Infection Prevention (SHIP); Sexual Health and Blood Borne Viruses; Substance Use; and long term-conditions: Living with Stroke and other long-term conditions; Molecular Mechanisms of long-term conditions; Musculoskeletal Health; and Vision Research. Colleagues in the Chief Scientist Office-funded Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions Research Unit (NMAHP) and Public Health Scotland also contribute to the centre. The centre also provides excellent opportunities for close collaboration with health economists and health services researchers in the Yunus Centre for Social Business and Health, and social work and social policy colleagues in Glasgow School for Business and Society as well as in the School of Health and Life Sciences.
We promote research led teaching on our programmes and pride ourselves on provision of both workplace and research laboratory experience and additional support via our Career Tracks initiative. Supporting this research, we host a Skin Research Tissue Bank and wide range of state of the art research facilities including our Bio-Imaging Facility which is open access to everyone. We are also collaborators on a number of interdisciplinary flagship programmes such as the IBioIC, the West of Scotland Health Sciences network and the Glasgow City of Science Innovation Strategic Programme Board.