Magnus Magnusson Awards 2010

19 May 2010

Magnus Magnusson Awards 2010

Professor Pamela Gillies, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of GCU, with Sally Magnusson.

ESTABLISHING a community choir that fosters social cohesion and friendship, coaching football to underprivileged children in South America, and volunteering with The Leprosy Mission International Bangladesh are just some of the inspirational projects GCU has supported through its third annual Magnus Magnusson Awards.

The awards, established in honour of the late broadcaster and former chancellor of the university, provide funding and opportunities to help students and academics in the early years of their careers follow their dreams and make a positive impact on the world. They were presented by Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Pamela Gillies and author, journalist and broadcaster Sally Magnusson, who was accompanied by her mother and Magnusson’s widow, Mamie.

Presenting the awards, Sally Magnusson said: “I never tire of rejoicing in how pleased my father would have been to know what good things are still coming out of his chancellorship…once again, we on the judging panel were blown away by these dreamers of dreams.” She praised the winners: “You can be justifiably proud of what you have achieved.”

Following the awards presentation, previous Magnusson award winners Kirsty McAllister, Marta Kanabus and Silvia Garcia delivered fascinating presentations on how they have used the funds to make a difference to healthcare in Malawi, sexual health in Kenya and waste management in Sierra Leone respectively. Their testimonies were joined by that of Joel Somerville, who provided a video link from Togo where he was carrying out basic eye operations.

PhD student Kellie Gibson’s award will enable her to volunteer at The Leprosy Mission International, Bangladesh. She said: “I am delighted to be given this opportunity.  Volunteering and working alongside health-care professionals in Bangladesh will without doubt be a life changing experience. I hope to gain knowledge of their treatment and management regimes of leprosy and share my knowledge of the technology used in the UK for diseases with similar symptoms.  My main goal is to bond with the people, listen to what they have to endure and most importantly, try to make a difference in the short time I have there.”

Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Pamela Gillies said: “Once again, our students and young researchers have demonstrated great ambition and invention in embarking on an exciting range of endeavours that embody so many of the values we prize here at Glasgow Caledonian University.  In helping our students reach their potential, and perhaps even transform their lives and the lives of other people, the awards are a fitting memorial to our late chancellor Magnus Magnusson.”

A range of private individuals and companies contribute to the Magnus Magnusson Fund, including the Santander group and Icelandair.


Magnus Magnusson Awards 2010

Richard Bell (Icelandair/Magnusson Award)

Tara French (Magnusson Award)

Kellie Gibson (Gordon Masterton/Magnusson Award)

Deborah Hunter (Glasgow Caledonian University/Magnusson Award)

Robert McQueen (Magnusson Award)

Armenia Occupational Therapy Group (Laura Holmes, Gail Frame, Jane Thomson, Mairi Manners and Doreen Mall).

- View full details of the 2010 winners.