Sponsorships & Awards
Funding can make all the difference
In communities around the world we know that education is a way out of poverty. However, participation in higher education has remained stubbornly low in the neediest sectors of society, not least on our own doorstep. To address this issue, a number of our funding initiatives aim to increase scholarships and awards so that more students can benefit.
Recent Success Stories
Moffat Charitable Trust
The partnership between the University and the Moffat Charitable Trust in the last decade has enabled many students of the Moffat Centre for Travel and Tourism to receive a scholarship. During that time, the centre has flourished and is today widely respected across the industry.
Moffat Scholar Caroline Black, BSc Travel and International Travel Management 2006, said: “The scholarship was a real motivator to achieve high grades. I was able to concentrate on my studies without the distraction of a part-time job.” Caroline now works as a Travel Consultant for tailor-made holiday specialist, Travel 2.
GCU is delighted to announce that Jamie Moffat, has pledged a further £500,000 on behalf of the Trust. This new investment brings the total to nearly £1.5m, which will fund scholarships over the next five years for subjects across the Caledonian Business School and help broaden the skills of graduates, enabling them to tackle the major challenges facing the travel and tourism industry.
Willie Haughey’s leadership reaches Tajikistan
Earlier this year we reported on the plight of civilians in the central Asian republic of Tajikistan in the aftermath of a devastating civil war. Nurses, keen to make a change, were hampered by a severe lack of resources. Professor Barbara Parfitt, Director of Global Health Development at GCU, spearheaded the project to distribute the 300 special nursing bags worth £60,000, funded by Glasgow businessman and GCU honorary graduate Willie Haughey. We are pleased to report that the nursing bags have been safely delivered and are contributing to health care in the region.
This academic year sees students in civil and environmental engineering receiving scholarships worth £20,000. Honorary graduate, Gordon Masterton, who is Vice President of the environmental business unit at Jacobs Babtie, believes deeply in education and helping to develop future generations of engineers. Speaking about these new awards, Gordon said: “The cost of undertaking a course of study is too often a reason for missed opportunity. Affordability of education should never limit anyone’s achievements. By supporting GCU with its scholarships you can help talented people achieve their potential.”
Magnus Magnusson Fund takes off
Earlier this year, GCU presented the first Magnus Magnusson Awards, aimed at encouraging current students and early career academics to reach for their dreams. This was made possible from the many generous donations to the Magnus Magnusson Fund set up in honour of our late Chancellor, the broadcaster and writer Magnus Magnusson.