Principal celebrates the city's St Mungo Festival

12 January 2015

Principal celebrates the city

Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Pamela Gillies CBE

Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Pamela Gillies CBE celebrated the city’s fifth official St Mungo Festival by delivering the Molendinar Lecture.

This was followed by an address at the St Mungo Festival Sunday Service, held in Glasgow Cathedral. The St Mungo Festival honours the life of Glasgow’s patron saint and the impact he had on the city.

The prestigious Molendinar Lecture launched the festival programme and the Principal delivered the address, in the City Chambers, at the invitation of the leader of Glasgow City Council, Cllr Gordon Matheson.

The title of the lecture was “The Internationalisation of Higher Education for the Common Good in Glasgow and Beyond.” Previous lectures have been delivered by GCU Honorary Graduate Sir Harry Burns, the internationally renowned architect David Mackay and Archbishop Mario Conti.

In the St Mungo Day service, organised by ‘Glasgow Churches Together’ and Glasgow Cathedral, the Principal reflected on the city’s landmark year, which included the Commonwealth Games and events to mark the centenary of the start of the First World War. The Principal also recognised the work of GCU occupational therapy student Gemma Steele, who was awarded the Sunday Mail Young Scot award for her work to build an orphanage in Kenya.

The Principal said: “I am delighted to have been involved in this year’s St Mungo Festival, and I was honoured to be asked to deliver the Molendinar Lecture, and privileged to be invited to speak at the wonderful service held in Glasgow Cathedral. In the Moldeninar Lecture, I was able to highlight how our international activity as a University for the Common Good is transforming lives around the world, through the dedicated activities of our staff and students. At the St Mungo Festival Service, I was pleased to have the chance to recognise the extraordinary spirit of the people of Glasgow, who displayed this in abundance last year, in times of both celebration and sorrow.”