GCU student to tackle education inequity in Asia

01 June 2016

GCU student to tackle education inequity in Asia

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) MA Multimedia Journalism student Andy Headspeath is bound for Malaysia as he takes the first steps towards his lifetime ambition.

Through support from the University’s Magnusson Awards, Andy, from Dunfermline, will spend his summer working with Teach for Malaysia.

He will put his Journalism skills developed on the double-accredited GCU degree to good use in the organisation’s Brand and Communications team, spreading the word about their aim to eradicate education inequity.

Andy was born in the Philippines and has spent periods travelling and working in south-east Asia, including teaching English in Vietnam.

The 25-year-old said: “The Magnusson Award is a life-changer. It will give me the resources to go on and make a start in achieving my ambition. I want to help bring the equality, opportunities and living standards I've experienced in Scotland to those in deprived areas in Malaysia and its surrounding countries.

“I want to use this experience as a learning curve and be inspired from this experience to go on and do further Communications work with other NGOs. Being in a professional environment with a talented team will do wonders for my skills development and will open me up to countless networking opportunities to meet people who share the same values.”

Andy is one of 13 GCU students presented with a Magnusson Award in the name of the University’s late Chancellor, the journalist and broadcaster Magnus Magnusson KBE. The annual awards support the ambitions and dreams of talented students and researchers at GCU.

Students, their families and friends, staff and invited guests attended the Awards ceremony on Tuesday May 31, hosted by Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Pamela Gillies CBE FRSE and Dr Sally Magnusson, daughter of the late Chancellor and Honorary President of the Magnusson Fellowship at GCU.

Professor Gillies said: “As the University for the Common Good, we are so proud of the achievements that have been made possible over the years through this incredible initiative. The projects will enable the recipients to develop personally or professionally, giving something back to communities around the world.”

Dr Magnusson said: “It is wonderful to see the University continuing to nurture students and researchers with such creativity and drive. The 2016 Magnus Magnusson Award winners are no exception and I know that they will make good use of these special grants and act as worthy ambassadors for the University and the Awards.”

Jillian Watt, Director of the Glasgow Caledonian University Foundation, said: “Since the awards began in 2008, in honour of Magnus and his passion for learning, over 60 students have been able to realise their dreams and ambitions. This year was particularly special with the addition of the Sir Alex Ferguson Magnusson Awards.”