Working with public sector

Our Cold Case Unit at work. Picture courtesy of Sofia Conti/The Guardian

GCU became the first Scottish university to set up a Cold Case Unit to help investigate unsolved missing person cases and cases involving unidentified remains.

The unit, created in partnership with Locate International, offers students a unique opportunity to develop real-world investigative skills.

Criminology students, led by Dr Maureen Taylor and Professor Lesley McMillan, are working on seven cases involving unidentified remains. For the first public appeal, a new facial reconstruction was issued by Police Scotland in a bid to identify a woman who was found washed ashore on a beach in Port Logan, Stranraer, 15 years ago.

Professor Cam Donaldson, Yunus Chair, helped create a landmark report that could shape a fairer future for the NHS. 

The LSE-Lancet Commission study set out a long-term vision for the NHS of a better, fairer health and care service in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.  

The Distinguished Professor of Health Economics joined 32 leading research, policy, and clinical experts from across the UK calling for annual funding increases for the NHS, social care, and public health of at least four per cent in real terms over the next decade.

The University is working to build better healthcare environments

We joined NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde to help improve care environments as well as patient health. A Memorandum of Understanding formalising links between the health board's Sustainability Team and the University's School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment gives students a chance to focus on building better healthcare environments during placements with the board.

Our students gave lifeline mental health support to COVID-19 frontline workers - 85% of whom are burnt out by the pandemic, according to research. Our DPsych Health and Sport and Exercise Psychology trainee psychologists worked with the charity Scottish Association for Mental Health to offer free one-to-one counselling sessions.

We worked on a groundbreaking Virtual Reality tool that could revolutionise how nurses, children on kidney dialysis and their families are trained.

The 12-month project, in partnership with the NHS and funded by Kidney Research UK foundation, is developing a Virtual Reality kidney-dialysis training system to let patients, families and medical staff learn the complex process of dialysis in safety.

Students joined the Royal Navy Luge Team and primary schools around Glasgow to design and build the UK’s first artificial luge ramp.

Department of Mechanical Engineering students invited 200 children to join their project and develop STEM skills after winning a grant from the Royal Society. It is hoped the ramp could help the GB Olympic Luge Team train as well as the Royal Navy Luge Team.