Graduate success at GCU

Dr Susan Ogden, Tom Walkinshaw, Ken Garner, Amy Irons, Professor Ann Marie Di Mambro and Mark Stevenson

Glasgow Caledonian University celebrated the successes of three of our graduates at an Alumnus of the Year awards ceremony which took place on campus yesterday (Thursday, February 13).

The annual awards celebrate the successes and contributions of alumni who have graduated from GCU over the past 10 years.

For 2019, the University has recognised BBC Scotland presenter Amy Irons, television screenwriter Mark Stevenson and Tom Walkinshaw, founder of micro satellite company Alba Orbital.

Multimedia and Journalism graduate Amy said: "I am absolutely thrilled to be named Alumnus of the Year 2019, to be joining such a high calibre of award winners is a true honour. I can't thank the University enough for all the support they have given me both during my studies and beyond. I would never have progressed in this industry if it wasn't for the practical skills, experience and knowledge I gained while at GCU. It means so much to be recognised for my work, when in fact it was the work of the University who made my career ambitions a reality."

Television Fiction Writing graduate Mark said: “It’s such an honour to receive this award and I’d like to sincerely thank the University. The training, encouragement and opportunity offered to me through the MATV course, and latterly the BBC Writers Room, have been life-changing and have enabled me to pursue a career that initially seemed like a pipe dream. It’s always a pleasure to come back to the University, where I’m continually impressed by the level of creative talent about to enter the industry, under the careful watch of the MATV tutors – who have been an incredible support to me throughout my career.”

Business Studies graduate Tom said: “It's a huge honour to be awarded the GCU Alumnus of the Year. I would like to thank the University for the award and to my team/customers/supporters at Alba Orbital for making this happen. Alba is the world leader in spacecraft under 1kg and our historic Cluster 2 launch will put six spacecrafts into orbit."

Jillian Watt, Director of GCU Foundation, Alumni Engagement and Events, said: “Our Alumnus of the Year awards are special because they recognise the success and achievements of our graduates and the contribution they make to GCU.  As well as being extremely worthy recipients with incredibly successful careers, our winners this evening have been extremely generous to the University in sharing their time and expertise with our students.”

2019 Alumnus of the Year Winners

Amy Irons
Amy is a TV and radio presenter, reporter, and voice-over artist who has had an exceptional career trajectory in the Scottish media industry since graduation from GCU. She is currently a presenter and reporter for BBC Scotland, presenting live on The Nine, The Edit alongside appearances on Off the Ball, Breaking the News and BBC Radio 5 Live.

Mark Stevenson
Mark has gone on to write for some of the biggest soaps and continuing dramas in the UK, including EastEnders, Casualty, Holby City, Doctors, and River City.

Tom Walkinshaw
Tom established his company Alba Orbital soon after graduation, building the world's most advanced micro satellites. It is now the largest picosat company in the world and its first satellite, Unicorn-1, was built for the European Space Agency.

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