Glasgow Caledonian University is a distinctive, inclusive and forward-looking university that is committed to its social mission to promote the common good. It has become an international centre of excellence in higher education, promoting employability and global citizenship in its graduates. The University is one of the largest in Scotland with nearly 17,000 students and has won awards for support and commitment to the student experience. Innovation through world-class research in key areas of strength combined with a tradition of widening access to higher education for talented individuals regardless of their backgrounds.

The campus is modern and in the heart of the city of Glasgow. The university has an excellent learning environment, including an award-winning library and learning centre, the Saltire Centre.

Research is supported by the Research Innovation and Enterprise Office, the Graduate School and the European Office. The University has a clear research strategy and offers research training for staff and students. The University subscribes to the UK Research concordat which seeks to increase the attractiveness and sustainability of research careers in the UK and to improve the quantity, quality and impact of research for the benefit of UK society and the economy. As a result the University has extensive experience and track record in Personal, professional and research methods skills training workshops, Seminars, lectures and events on themes of relevance to the general academic and cultural development of postgraduate research students and staff , Training workshops designed primarily for academic staff engaged in higher degree supervision and research leadership, Distance training programmes particularly, for part-time and professional doctorate students, Social and intellectual events to facilitate the interaction of research students and staff. This helps to professionalise the research activities and experience as acts as a forum to exchange ideas, collaborate on inter-disciplinary projects, debate strategic issues and share good practice and experiences.

In terms of links and experience with Latin American partners, under the EC ALFA programe GCU was the only UK HEI to coordinate a project (KICKSTART: Ways of Teaching Innovation) and has continued to be closely involved in European engagement in Latin America through a variety of projects and programmes (BUILD under ALFA, PUEDES and LAMENITEC under Erasmus Mundus 2, CRECES under Erasmus Mundus 3). Through these and other projects the Unviersity has enjoyed close collaboration with Latin American partners.

GCU at LAURDS

GCU will act as lead partner for the project. The experience of design, development and implementation of doctoral training (for staff and students) and the facilitation of world-quality research allow for experience and infrastructure to support the various work packages of the project. GCU has a clear research strategy and experience of developing research culture, centres and mechanisms to support research. These will all be essential in helping to shape the provision for Latin American Universities and in providing both practical tools/techniques and more intangible experiential support.

The two academic members of staff involved in the project are very experienced researchers and Doctoral supervisors. Professor Edgar has many PhD completions has been the Director of Research for the Business School and also the Director of the PhD/DBA and DMan Programmes. He has extensive development experience for supporting Doctoral Student s and doctoral curriculum. Dr Duncan has been Director of Doctoral programmes and is the School co-ordinator for Doctoral provision. He works closely with the Graduate School and has attended and organised many Doctoral support events.