Our hypothesis is that by acting on various aspects of social vulnerability, such as poverty and unemployment, and achieving the means to do so through employing a hybrid mix of resources, social enterprises can potentially make a significant contribution to tackling heath issues, particularly in deprived communities. The Centre has experienced rapid growth as a consequence of considerable success in competitive research funding. Since 2010 it has received over £3 million in research grants and, as of 2015, the Centre is home to around 40 academic faculty, researchers and PhD students.
Led by Professor Cam Donaldson, Yunus Chair in Social Business and Health, the Centre is also home to Glasgow Caledonian University’s pioneering MSc Social Business and Microfinance which attracts students from all over the world. This programme, which first ran in 2014, aims to equip students with the tools to critically evaluate contemporary models of doing business and to implement positive social change in global environments. The programme challenges students to reflect upon contemporary issues facing business and society, explore international and intercultural perspectives, and engage with international research to strengthen their understanding of the global political context in which social enterprise and the expanding microfinance sector operate.
Finally the Yunus Centre takes a lead role in driving social innovation across the University and in the communities within which we are located. Glasgow Caledonian University has recently been awarded Changemaker Campus status by Ashoka U in recognition of our global leadership in social innovation education and research. For more information about the University’s activities please see our Social Innovation@GCU blog.