Dr Margie Moffat OBE

Honorary Graduate, Donor and Dear Friend of GCU

Dear Jamie and family,

On behalf of the staff at GCU and our current and previous Moffat Scholars, I would like to pass on our sincere condolences for the loss of your mother. A true well respected pioneer of the travel industry, Dr Margie Moffat was also a dear friend to GCU and along with your father and yourself, one of the University’s longest serving and most generous donors for which we will be forever grateful.

Since 2000, the Trust has donated more than £1.4million – the most significant level of travel and tourism scholarship funding in the UK and the EU. The donation has supported the launch of the Moffat Centre, a unique University-based consultancy and research centre, as well as an annual student scholarships programme.

To date, more than 160 students have received Moffat Scholarships in travel, tourism and events programmes at GCU. So many of the scholars, past and present, have been in touch with the University upon hearing the sad news, that we wanted to capture these messages for you.

We appreciate this is a particularly difficult time for the family, however, we hope that you find some comfort in knowing that your mother touched so many lives through her generosity and enabled so many students to undertake their studies and begin careers in an industry that they share her passion for.

Please read below the messages from the many scholars who contacted the University. Our thoughts are with you and your family.

Professor John Lennon
Director of the Moffat Centre for Travel and Tourism Business Development

Messages from Moffat Scholars

2014 Moffat Scholars

Jocelyn Brown
Year 3 International Tourism Management
Moffat Scholarship: 2014

I was saddened to hear that your mother passed away. My thoughts are with you and your family. The Moffat Scholarship has allowed me to focus so much more on my degree and university activities instead of worrying about financial hardships. I am truly grateful for my award and will never forget the opportunities the Scholarship has given me.

Kirsty Clifford
Year 3 International Hospitality Management
Moffat Scholarship: 2014

I would like to pass on my sincerest condolences to the Moffat family on the loss of their matriarch. Without whom, I would not have had the chance to become successful in gaining a scholarship which has helped me to succeed and provide a life for myself. Without the scholarship I would have been far less likely to be able to stay at university. I owe the Moffat family my sincerest gratitude and I only wish I could help at this terribly hard time. I hope they can take comfort in knowing the many lives that have been touched by the charitable foundation, mine included.

Iain Crawford
Year 4 International Tourism Management
Moffat Scholarship: 2014

Having had the pleasure to meet Dr Jamie Moffat at the awards ceremony, the thing that I remembered most about the whole evening was the fondness with which he spoke about his mum and dad.  They were obviously both tremendously generous people who gave a lot for a cause which they firmly believed in, and that is something which I admire greatly.    When I saw the news on the GCU homepage I immediately thought of Jamie and how kind their family had been to myself and many students before me.   I would just like to express my deepest sympathy at this time, in addition to my enormous gratitude for the Moffat family's support.  I hope that some comfort can be found in the fact that there is no doubt that the scholarship has helped myself and countless others to excel with their studies and to support the industry which the family loved.

Hayleigh Furlong
Year 4 International Tourism Management
Moffat Scholarship: 2014

I was very sad to hear of the passing of Mrs Moffat OBE. The scholarship set up by her has ensured that I am able to finish my degree and I will always be grateful to her for this.

Richard Lawrie
Year 3 International Tourism Management
Moffat Scholarship 2014

The Moffat scholarship has given me and so many other students the opportunity to fully discover our potential, allowing us to focus on getting the most out of our time at GCU. This charitable trust is outstanding in its support and research and is fully appreciated among it's community of scholars. My heartfelt condolences go out to the Moffat family at this time as we celebrate the life of a unique person.

Vicky McDowell
Year 3 International Tourism Management
Moffat Scholarship: 2014

I would just like to give my deepest sympathy to the Moffat family and express my thanks for their kind generosity to GCU students over the years. Margie Moffat is a huge inspiration to those looking to seek a career in the tourism industry. The scholarship I received in 2014 is going to be a huge help throughout my studies and I am greatly thankful for it.

Julieanne Soto
Year 3 International Tourism Management
Moffat Scholarship: 2014

I am sorry to hear that Mrs Moffat has passed away recently. I have recently lost my grandmother and it is a sad time for all. My thoughts are with the Moffat family.

Emma Weatherston
Year 1 International Events Management
Moffat Scholarship: 2014

I would like to pass my condolences to the Moffat family at this very sad time. Without their help and support many students would be unable to continue with their studies and a massive thank you must be passed on to the family.

2010 - 2013 Moffat Scholars

James Brown
(Distinction) International Tourism Enterprise
Moffat Scholarships: 2010 and 2011

I was saddened to hear the news of the death of Mrs Margie Moffat, OBE, and my thoughts are with the Moffat family and their friends at such a loss.  As a beneficiary of the Moffat family's generosity I wish to record my gratitude for being given my first opportunity to study for a university degree - something hitherto denied me through family and economic circumstances.

From 2010 to 2012, nearly six decades after leaving school, I studied, learned and met new friends among staff and classmates from many different countries, and graduated at the age of 66.  It was an exhilarating and transformational experience and it gives me great satisfaction to be associated with The Moffat Centre in GCU.

Rachel Skene
Senior Development Manager, Highlands and Islands Enterprise
Moffat Scholarship: 2010

I was accepted into the inaugural cohort of the MSc International Tourism Management. I was, and remain, and employee of Highlands and Islands Enterprise so entered the course on a part-time and distance basis.

I became aware of the reputation of the Moffat Centre through the consultancy and research work delivered across Scotland and the UK. I recognised the MSc as a great opportunity to consolidate my experience, to expand knowledge through the broader perspectives offered via the international and enterprise elements while also being able to specialise towards the end of the course.

The entrepreneurial story of the late Mr Jim Moffat and Mrs Margie Moffat, the drivers of the business behind the Moffat Charitable Trust, is a source of inspiration. The continued philanthropy and investment in the tourism sector by The Moffat Charitable Trust will be a lasting legacy. The scholarship was critical in enabling me to undertake this further study and I met some great people from all over the world. Thank you for this support.

Lisa Collinson
Moffat Scholarship:  2010 and 2011

I am extremely grateful to have been awarded a Moffat Scholarship for 2010/11 and 2011/12.  The financial assistance provided me with the opportunity to achieve a Masters degree in International Tourism, Enterprise and Heritage.

I have always been passionate about working in the tourism industry and completing a Masters has enabled me to further develop my knowledge, skills, and my career prospects.

Since completing my Masters I have worked in the Commercial and Tourism team at Historic Scotland.  More recently I had the opportunity to work for Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games as an Arrivals and Departures Duty Manager and in a Supervisor role at the Ryder Cup, which have both been fantastic events to be part of in showcasing Scotland to the world.

I would like to sincerely thank the Moffat Charitable Trust and the Moffat family personally for helping me to achieve my goals and for your investment, support and generosity.

Masood Khodadadi
Teaching Fellow in Events and Tourism at University of the West of Scotland, Paisley
Moffat Scholarship: 2011

I would like to offer my sincere condolences to the Moffat family on the loss of Mrs Margie Moffat. I was one of the many beneficiaries of the Moffat Charitable Trust while studying for a PhD in Tourism at Glasgow Caledonian University.

A Moffat Scholarship enabled me to focus on my studies without the added burden of financial stress.  I am happy to say that I have now completed my PhD and am currently working as a Teaching Fellow, inspiring the next generation of students to pursue a career in the travel, tourism and events industries.  I would like to thank the Moffat family for making this possible.

Birte Luepkes
Moffat Scholarship: 2011

I graduated from GCU in 2011 (BA in International Tourism and Travel Management) and received a full-time Moffat Scholarship.

I would like to express my condolences to the Moffat family. It is very difficult and sad to lose someone who is not only a precious and loved family member but also someone who dedicated their life towards helping other people to achieve their career goals in the tourism, travel and event industry.

On this occasion I would also like to thank Mrs Margie Moffat and the entire Moffat family for the generous and invaluable support towards my studies at GCU. Due to your dedicated work and the Moffat scholarship that I was honored to receive in 2011, I was able to finish my third year of my Bachelor education in tourism management. Coming from Germany originally, my stay abroad in Glasgow would have been impossible without your financial support. My internationally recognized degree obtained at GCU enabled the continuation of my studies on a postgraduate level through a Master’s Degree in International Tourism and Leisure Management in Denmark. I completed my education just this September and am proud to say I have graduated with a very satisfactory grade. Currently, I am employed at a travel agency in my home town. In the near future I seek to start a career in language tourism, preferably abroad once again.

Without the work of the Moffat Charitable Trust, my education would have looked much different and I only begin to understand the opportunities I was given. I am very certain my future career path will be shaped by the knowledge and experience I gained during my education at GCU. I am truly grateful for that. Thank you so much!

Alexander Brazill
Publications Executive at Glasgow 2014 Ltd.
Moffat Scholarship: 2012

I’d like to send my condolences to the family of Mrs Margie Moffat.

I’m sure you already understand the difference your inspiring family have made to the lives of a number of students – mine in particular was transformed as receiving the Moffat Scholarship allowed me to complete my honours year and ultimately provided career options based on that.

Had it not been for the hard work of the late Mr and Mrs Moffat, and the ingenuity they showed in developing their business, I would not be in the position I am today.

I’m sure I can speak on behalf of my fellow Moffat Scholars when I say that the legacy they have provided us with will never be forgotten.

Matt Skilling
Moffat Scholarship:  2012

My name is a Matt Skilling, a 2013 Tourism graduate, Moffat scholar and currently working with VisitScotland and Scottish Government. I am very saddened to hear of the loss of Margie. My condolences go out to the family. I would once again like to thank the Moffat family for their support. The scholarship undeniably eased the financial pressures I faced whilst studying and without doubt contributed to my professional development. I'm entirely grateful and long may Moffat's success continue.

Sian Easton
Moffat Scholarship: 2013

It was with a great deal of sadness that I have learnt of Mrs Margie Moffat's passing. During such a difficult time I can only hope to offer my sincere admiration for Mrs Moffat and her family, through their demonstration of such passion and determination in supporting the next generations of tourism scholars and practitioners.

I would personally like to express my extreme gratitude to the Moffat family for offering me the opportunity to pursue my dream of a career within the tourism sector that aims to generate positive change.  Without the support of the Moffat scholarships, I would unquestionably have been unable to complete my MSc International Tourism Management at Glasgow Caledonian University in 2013/2014. Thanks to the scholarship however I was able to complete my masters, have an incredibly time while doing so and was later offered a PhD in tourism studies at Bournemouth University. Currently embarking on my first year of my PhD, I remain ever thankful for the support offered by the Moffat family and the belief they placed in me.

Heather McCann
MSc International Events Management
Moffat Scholarship: 2013

Dear Dr Moffat and family,

I'm very sorry to hear of your loss and our thoughts are with you and your family at this sad time. As a GCU Moffat Scholar I hope you can take comfort in knowing the many positive benefits that your family has created for individuals and their families. I can only thank you for that.

Jade McGhee
Year 4 International Tourism Management
Moffat Scholarships:  2013 and 2014

The Moffat Scholarship has been incredibly beneficial to me during my time at Glasgow Caledonian University. Receiving the scholarship has enabled me to reduce my hours doing part time work, which in turn has allowed me to concentrate on my studies and participate in a variety of activities and volunteering roles that have improved my skills and will hopefully increase my employability. Being awarded the Moffat Scholarship has also encouraged me to look at the wide variety of career paths I could take within the travel and tourism industry, including setting up my own business.

Receiving the Moffat Scholarship has also meant that I have learned about the Moffat family and how far they have come from setting up a small business. This has been very inspiring, as it has encouraged me to think about my potential career in the industry, and has shown me that it is possible to turn a small enterprise in the travel industry into a flourishing business, if you are willing to put the work in.

Attending the Moffat Awards has meant that I have been able to meet some very successful people working within the travel, tourism, hospitality and events sectors. This has really opened my eyes to the various paths my career in the industry could take.

I am incredibly grateful to have received the Moffat Scholarship and I feel that it has really benefitted my studies. I feel that it has made me appreciate my tourism studies even more, and it has inspired me to think about the exciting career opportunities I have ahead of me in the travel and tourism industry.

1999 - 2009 Moffat Scholars

Daniel Steel
Chief Executive, Sail Scotland
Moffat Scholarships: 1999, 2000, 2001

I am so sorry to hear that Mrs Moffat has died. My prayers and thoughts are with you all at this sad time. I remember fondly meeting Mrs Moffat for the first time in 1999. Her kind words gave my family great pride that night, and gave me the confidence and drive to forge my own career in tourism. For that I will be eternally grateful.  I cannot begin to imagine your sadness at losing such a wonderful woman, but I know that the tremendous good that the Moffat Awards have done over the years will provide a lasting legacy of a generous and passionate couple who have touched the lives of so many. With affection and deepest condolences, Daniel.

Kokoévi Sossouvi
Moffat Scholarship:  1999 and 2000

It is with great sadness that I received the news of the passing of Mrs Margie Moffat OBE. My thoughts are with her family and everyone who had the privilege of meeting her.

I was amongst the first Moffat scholars, in the first year it was established. Receiving the scholarship on the basis of means but also academic excellence was an honour that followed me throughout my academic and professional career. First, because it created an environment in which I could concentrate on my studies and not on sustaining myself as a student but most importantly, it helped me realise that indeed I had greater capabilities than I knew. I ended up becoming the first international student to graduate with a first class honours degree in Tourism Management at Glasgow Caledonian University.

I was unfortunately not able to attend the celebration that marked the Moffat Scholarship reaching a million pounds in supporting travel and tourism students but it was paramount for me to send at least a video message over to express my gratitude.

Again today, it is with much pride but also with much sorrow that I write this message in memory of the greatest benefactor that I have known. I can never express enough how grateful I am to the Moffat family for having allowed me to fulfil my true potential.

Today, I work as an advisor to the United Nations and international non-governmental organisations on poverty alleviation strategies and financial access for the underserved during humanitarian crisis. This is a role in which I am able to give back to others, in a way that, I hope, makes the Moffat family proud of having invested in me.

David Lynn
Archaeological Consultant
Moffat Scholarship:  2000

My Moffat Scholarship enabled me to pursue fieldwork research into the tourism potential of archaeological excavations, which although now widely recognised and exploited, was in those days a very underdeveloped linkage. My investigations did not change the world, but I thoroughly enjoyed that summer traveling to digs scattered across the Highlands and Islands. After completing the degree I became Director of the Council for Scottish Archaeology (now Archaeology Scotland), and was able to take an active role in encouraging many local and regional initiatives to explore these opportunities, using my fieldwork experience as case-study evidence to open people's perceptions of what they might be able to exploit and how.

I have now moved on to becoming an archaeological consultant for windfarm developments, which is an area of work where analysis of tourism implications for archaeological and historic sites is often a significant attribute for planning consideration, and this work still draws thematic elements from my Moffat-supported fieldwork. So the scholarship gave me a career platform which is still active today, well over a decade later, and is therefore something I will always be grateful for.

On a more personal note for Jamie, my mother died last year, so please accept my sympathies for the gap which is left. I've found some truth in the idea that people live on in memories, and while I only met your mother very briefly, her role - and indeed yours - with the Moffat trust - has given me a huge store of memories.

Moira Olliffe
Aviation Rescue Fire Fighter, Airservices Australia
Moffat Scholarships: 2001 and 2002

I was very sorry to hear about the passing of Mrs Moffat.  Please pass on my condolences to her family.  I received the Scholarship for 2 years in 2001 and 2002 - I was studying Tourism Management and graduated in 2004 working within the tourism industry in the UK and abroad until 3 years ago.

I no longer work in the tourism industry but have switched to Aviation Fire Fighting and am in Australia.

Lisa Turner
Senior Crew Resources Officer, Caledonian MacBrayne
Moffat Scholarship:  2001 - 2004

The Moffat Scholarship was a life line to me and let me complete my third year with peace of mind.  I appreciated it so much.

I would like to pass my condolences to the family they have done a wonderful job supporting past and present students.

Deborah Leggate nee Kerr
Moffat Scholarships: 2001 - 2005

The Moffat Scholarship meant so much to me during my studies as it allowed me all the necessary resources to complete my degree.  I was honoured every year to meet Mrs Moffat at the annual ceremony and am so very grateful.  I always wanted to write to her to let her know I stayed within the tourism industry and that my career was very much thanks to her.

Dr A. Craig Wight
Lecturer in Tourism and Hospitality, Plymouth University
Moffat Scholarship:

The generosity and support provided by the Moffat family has provided many travel and tourism students over the years with the opportunity to realise their full potential at Glasgow Caledonian University. It means a lot to all of us Moffat Scholars that the family has believed in our efforts to reach our Higher Educational goals. Thank you!

Laura Mitchell
Marketing Manager, Barrhead Travel
Moffat Scholarship: 2004

It was with real sadness that I heard of Mrs Moffat’s passing. I am so grateful to the Moffat family for the opportunities their Trust gave me, and I would like to pass on my sincere condolences to them at this sad time.

Leaving school and entering a university career is a nerve-racking yet extremely exciting time for any youngster, but it was made so much easier for me, thanks to the Moffat Foundation. Receiving the scholarship allowed me to be able to financially support myself, without the worry of having to rely on my parents and getting into debt with a student loan. It provided me with financial independence, which was very important to me. I did not have to worry about whether I could afford the things I needed to complete my course successfully, such as books and university essentials, and the money I received saw me through the first 3 years of my course.

The experience of working within the centre and carrying out field work further fuelled my passion for travel and tourism, and as a result, my first job after graduation was with Barrhead Travel...6 years later, I am still here and have worked my way through various levels to now head up their Marketing team. This would not have been possible without my university career and the vital skills I picked up along the way. The Moffat centre truly allowed me to get the most out of my education, and presented me with opportunities that I’d never otherwise have had.

Helen Vass
Director Escribà Academy & Pastry Chef, Barcelona
Moffat Scholarships: 2004, 2005, 2006

If it hadn't been for Mrs Moffat and Dr Jamie Moffat, I would not be doing what I am doing just now. Having their financial support over three years of my degree meant that I could focus 100% on my studies and I graduated with a first class honours degree. I have done a full circle in the tourism industry from front of house and now I am back of house, working as a pastry chef. Having the management skills from my degree has really helped me in running the pastry school for one of Spain's best and most innovative pastry chefs, Christian Escribà. I will be eternally grateful to the Moffat family for their support and I hope that Mrs Moffat's legacy is continued in years to come with scholarships for the future talent of the industry.

Siobhan Rodriguez nee Wood
Moffat Scholarship: 2005

I found out I had been given a scholarship when I worked in the states over the summer (2005) and I was over the moon.  The scholarship meant that I could concentrate on studying and being at university instead of having to work as well.  I was very grateful for the help and encouragement I received that year (2005-2006). 

I graduated in 2006 and worked for Santander working my way up to a mortgage advisor in 2009.  I am now a full time mummy to my two beautiful girls Ophelia (4) and Lillith (2). 

Dumisani Kapanga
Custody, Control and Regulation Analyst, Barclays Investment Bank
Moffat Scholarships: 2005 – 2009

I would like to pass over my heartfelt condolences to Dr Jamie Moffat and the Moffat family for the loss of Margie. As a Moffat scholar, the tremendous work that Margie and the Moffat family undertake through the Moffat Centre at Glasgow Caledonian is something that I am always grateful for. I was the first non-EU student to receive their support for four consecutive years, every day I am reminded that without this support some of the opportunities I have had in my life would have been impossible considering my impoverished background. It is saddening to note that the woman who played such a fundamental role is gone forever but it is also comforting to realise that her legacy will live on forever through her work in people like me and many other Moffat scholars who will forever be indebted with gratitude. 

The whole Moffat family are in my thoughts and players during this difficult time.

Ann Brown
Moffat Scholarship: 2007

I graduated in 2008 with BA Honours 2:1 in Tourism Management.  I achieved my academic qualification by means of the Moffat Scholarship.  This helped me have peace of mind to pursue my studies and not worry about getting into debt.  My two young sons benefited from the scholarship as I was able to continue to provide for them as a single parent.  I then went onto find a career with South Ayrshire Council.  My gratitude to the Moffat family will be eternal and as an Ayrshire lass it makes me very proud and honoured that they saw potential in me as an academic.

Dorothee Weber
Consultant at Global Jobs Network
Moffat Scholarships:  2009 - 2011

I am so sorry to hear of Mrs Margie Moffat’s passing. I would like to express my sincere sympathies. My thoughts are with you and your family at this time.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you and the Moffat Charitable Trust once again for your generosity and support. During my time at Caledonian University studying a BA (Hons) in Entertainment and Events Management I received the Moffat Scholarship in three consecutive years to help me fund my studies. This support enabled me to reduce my working hours and fully focus on my academic studies while still making ends meet. I was able to undertake a number of work placements in the industry which helped me gain invaluable experience and insights. This led me to my employment with Glasgow City Marketing Bureau where I became Sales Manager in the Convention Department. I graduated with a First Class Honours and have worked as part of the team at GCMB for over three years.

Receiving the Moffat Scholarship has made such a difference to me and I am forever grateful to Mrs Moffat and the Moffat family for your generous support.