Previous Chancellors

Previous University Chancellors

Angus “Gus” Macdonald, CBE, 2007 - 2012

Lord_MacDonald177Lord Macdonald of Tradeston enjoyed an award-winning career in television and newspapers – including a period as chair of Scottish Media Group which at one point owned broadcasters STV and Grampian Television and also The Herald and the Evening Times newspapers. He became a member of the House of Lords in 1998 and served for five years as a government minister. He now sits on the Prime Minister’s advisory committee on business appointments. Lord Macdonald announced his departure during GCU’s June graduation ceremony.  

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Magnus Magnusson, KBE, 2002 -2007

Magnus_Magnusson177A writer, thinker, historian, journalist, family man and broadcaster, Glasgow Caledonian University’s second Chancellor was a well-known public figure across Scotland and remained a fierce ambassador for his native Iceland up until his death in 2007. He became best known for his work on the BBC, presenting the corporation’s iconic Mastermind programme for 25 years. His lifelong love of learning is remembered at the University with the Magnusson Awards, which are made annually to students or early career researchers who wish to take their studies forward in new ways.

David Nickson, KBE, 1993 – 2002

DavidNicksonBaron Nickson became Glasgow Caledonian University’s first Chancellor on April 28, 1993, on the date of the University’s official launch. The then Head of the Clydesdale Bank was installed at the formal inauguration on June 2.  Initially an officer in the Coldstream Guards, Baron Nickson enjoyed a successful business career, having worked in senior positions for companies including Radio Clyde, Scottish & Newcastle Breweries and National Australia Bank, among several others. He was made a life peer, as Baron Nickson of Renagour in the District of Stirling, in 1994.