University honours inspirational citizens making a difference at home and abroad

24 November 2011

University honours inspirational citizens making a difference at home and abroad

One of Scotland’s leading thespians, a world-renowned feminist thinker, a social justice campaigner and a former Chair of Glasgow Caledonian University Court will be honoured for their contributions to the arts and public life at GCU’s graduation ceremonies on Tuesday 22 November and Wednesday 23 November.

The presentations follow those of Dr Kofi Annan, who accepted an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the university at the Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI) Awards in Glasgow on Friday (November 18).

In honour of his outstanding contribution to theatre and dramatic art in Scotland, David Maclennan, founder of the Wildcat theatre company, will be awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters. A driving force behind Glasgow’s Mayfest, a festival of popular arts, he also opened the Pleasance Theatre in Edinburgh as a Fringe venue and the 800-seat Clyde Theatre in the Singer Social Club in Clydebank. Since 2004, David has commissioned and produced more than 230 new plays for the hugely successful ‘A play, A Pie and A Pint’ lunchtime theatre event in Glasgow’s Oran Mor. He also produces, in collaboration with Glasgow Caledonian University, the popular live soap opera ‘Westenders.’

Known for her work with the Child Poverty Action Group, Professor Ruth Lister will be awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters in recognition of her outstanding contribution towards the understanding of poverty, inequality

and social justice in the UK. Professor Lister was awarded the CBE in 1999. She was also a member of the National Equality Panel, established by the then Minister for Women and Equality, Harriet Harman, and was appointed by the Home Office as a Trustee of the Community Development Foundation from 2000 to 2010. On February 1 this year, Professor Lister joined the House of Lords as a Labour Peer, with the title of Baroness Lister of Burtersett.

Internationally renowned feminist economist Professor Marilyn Waring is known for her groundbreaking work in development assistance and human rights, and for her classic work, ‘Counting for Nothing ­- What Men Value and What Women Are Worth’. Professor Waring is a distinguished public intellectual and an environmentalist. She served three terms in New Zealand’s parliament after being elected at the age of 23. Professor Waring is being presented with Honorary Doctorate of Letters for her contribution to international feminism and female human rights.

Martin Cheyne is being awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of the University in recognition of his outstanding contribution to GCU during his 11 years’ service as lay Governor and latterly as Chair of Court. Martin spent nearly 20 years managing ICI operations in Dubai, Zambia, Chile, Hong Kong and Mexico. Martin is currently Vice Chair of Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland, and sits on the Board of Ayrshire Council for Alcohol, having chaired the Council for six years. He is also part time Chief Executive of Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Vice Chair of NHS Ayrshire & Arran Health Board.



All photocalls will take place at the south door (Buchanan Street) of Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.

Tuesday November 22:

10.30am: Professor Ruth Lister   2.45pm: David Maclennan and Martin Cheyne

Wednesday November 23

10.30am: Professor Marilyn Waring


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